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World Championships in Climbing begins

2018 World Championships in Climbings scheduled to be held in Innsbruck, Austria. This event determines the male and female world champions in the three disciplines of sports climbing: lead climbing, bouldering, and speed climbing.

Earthquake hits Hokkaido

An earthquake measuring 6.6 MW on the moment magnitude scale struck Iburi Subprefecture in southern Hokkaido, Japan. The earthquake's epicenter was near Tomakomai and occurred at a depth of 33.4 kilometers. 44 people were confirmed dead and around 640 people injured.

Maas' "Empire of Storms" is published

Empire of Storms is the fifth book in the Throne of Glass book series by Sarah J Maas. Aelin is determined to never turn her back on her kingdom again. Cashing in debts to raise an army, Aelin and her court travel around Erilea in an attempt to stop Lord Erawan of the Valg from destroying the world, but with so many sworn enemies in want of revenge, including Queen Maeve of the Fae, survival seems unlikely.

A 60th anniversary revival of "My Fair Lady" opens in Sydney

My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a lady.

Barbra Streisand scores her 11th US #1 album

Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway is the thirty-fifth studio album by American singer and songwriter Barbra Streisand, released by Columbia Records. Encore debuted at the top of the US Billboard 200 chart, extending Streisand's record as the woman with the most number-one albums in chart history.

Shanghai Tower is completed

The Shanghai Tower is a 632-meter, 128-story mega tall skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai. It also has the world's highest observation deck within a building or structure, and the world's fastest elevators at a top speed of 20.5 meters per second. It is the world's second-tallest building by height to the architectural top.

Resistance 3 is released

Resistance 3 is a science fiction post-apocalyptic first-person shooter developed by Insomniac Games. Resistance 3 is the third and final installment in the Resistance trilogy. The game shifts away from the military aspect of Resistance: Fall of Man and Resistance 2 and takes on a post-apocalyptic survival-horror feel.

"The King's Speech" is released

The King's Speech is a British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and written by David Seidler. Colin Firth plays the future King George VI who, to cope with a stammer, sees Lionel Logue, an Australian speech and language therapist played by Geoffrey Rush.

SuperFerry 9 sinks off the Zamboanga Peninsula

SuperFerry 9 was a ferry owned by the Philippines-based carrier Aboitiz Transport System Corp and operated by their SuperFerry division. In September 2009, she sank off the south-west coast of Zamboanga Peninsula with a total of 971 passengers and crew aboard.

Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti dies

Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. He died from pancreatic cancer at his home in Modena.

Kanye West is at #1 on the US singles chart

"Gold Digger" is a song by Kanye West featuring guest vocals by Jamie Foxx. It was 2005's second-longest running number one on the Billboard Hot 100 behind "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey. At the 2006 Grammy Awards, it was nominated for Record of the Year and won the award for Best Rap Solo Performance.

The Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales takes place in London

The public funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, took place in London when the tenor bell sounded to signal the departure of the cortège from Kensington Palace. The coffin was carried from the palace on a gun carriage, along Hyde Park to St. James's Palace, where Diana's body had remained for 5 days before being taken to Kensington Palace.


Higuita's scorpion kick trick

José René Higuita Zapata is a retired Colombian football goalkeeper. He is best known for his high-risk 'sweeper-keeper' playing style and his flair for the dramatic. Higuita's scorpion kick trick earned him considerable media attention when he successfully used it in a friendly game against England at Wembley Stadium.


Cal Ripken plays in his 2,131st consecutive game

One of Ripken's best years came in 1991, when he was named an All-Star, won the Home Run Derby, and was a recipient of his first All-Star Game MVP Award, his second AL MVP Award, and first Gold Glove Award. He broke the consecutive games played the record in September 1995, in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking a record that stood for 56 years, which fans voted as the league's "most memorable moment" in the history of the game in an MLB.com poll.

Moscow recognizes the independence of the Baltic states

The Baltic states were under Soviet rule from the end of World War II in 1945, from Sovietization onwards until independence was regained in 1991. The Russian troops stayed for an additional three years, as Boris Yeltsin linked the issue of Russian minorities with troop withdrawals.

Paul McCartney releases "Tug of War"

Tug of War is the third solo studio album by Paul McCartney. It was McCartney's first album released after the dissolution of Wings. Overall it was his 11th album since the break up of the Beatles. It was also McCartney's first album after the murder of former songwriting partner John Lennon.

A revival of "Peter Pan" opens at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

The show was revived in 1979 on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, produced by Nancy and Ronnie Horowitz, starring Sandy Duncan and George Rose, and ran for 554 performances. Duncan was nominated for the Best Actress Tony, and the show was nominated for Best Revival of a Musical.

Insulin is synthetized using E. coli bacteria

The experiment took place at the Beckman Research Institute in Duarte, California. The research was conducted by Arthur Riggs, Keiichi Itakura and Herbert Boyer. They synthetized copies of human insulin genes and inserted them in the genome of the Escherichia coli bacteria. The vast majority of insulin currently used worldwide is made in the same way.

British actress Naomie Harris is born

Naomie Melanie Harris is an English actress. She started her career as a child actress, appearing in the television series Simon and the Witch in 1987. She portrayed the voodoo witch Tia Dalma in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films, Selena in 28 Days Later, and Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.


Navratilova asks for US political asylum during the US Open

Martina Navratilova was stripped of her citizenship when, in 1975 at age 18, she asked the United States for political asylum and was granted temporary residency. At the time, Navratilova was told by the Czechoslovak Sports Federation that she was becoming too Americanised, and she should go back to school and make tennis secondary.

Singer Dolores O’Riordan is born

Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan was an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. She led the rock band The Cranberries from 1990 until their break-up in 2003; they reunited in 2009. O'Riordan was known for her lilting mezzo-soprano voice, her emphasised use of yodelling, and her strong Limerick accent.

American singer Ce Ce Peniston is born

Cecilia Veronica "CeCe" Peniston is an American recording artist and former beauty queen. In the early 1990s, she was one of the most successful dance club artists in the history of the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play, scoring five number one hits in the chart within three years.

The Beatles record "While My Guitar Gently Weeps'"

The full group recording was made in September 1968, at which point the song's folk-based musical arrangement was replaced by a production in the heavy rock style. The recording was one of several collaborations between Harrison and Clapton during the late 1960s and was followed by the pair co-writing the song "Badge" for Clapton's group Cream.

Engelbert Humperdinck is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"The Last Waltz" is a British easy listening ballad written by Barry Mason and Les Reed. It was one of Engelbert Humperdinck's biggest hits, spending five weeks at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart, and has since sold over 1.17 million copies in the United Kingdom. In Australia, "The Last Waltz" spent nine nonconsecutive weeks at number one.

The US pledges to reconstruct post-war Germany

"Restatement of Policy on Germany" is a speech by James F. Byrnes, the United States Secretary of State, held in Stuttgart in 1946. Also known as the "Speech of hope" it set the tone of future US policy as it repudiated the Morgenthau Plan economic policies and with its message of a change to a policy of economic reconstruction gave the Germans hope for the future.

Singer Roger Waters is born

George Roger Waters is an English songwriter, singer, bassist, and composer. In 1965, he co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. Waters initially served as the bassist, but following the departure of Barrett in 1968, he also became their lyricist, co-lead vocalist, and conceptual leader.

The Monterrey Institute of Technology is founded

Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey is a private, nonsectarian and coeducational multi-campus university based in Monterrey, Mexico. Founded in 1943 by industrialists in the city of Monterrey, ITESM has since grown to include 31 campuses in 25 cities throughout the country, becoming the most recognized in Latin America.

The first true supermarket is opened

Piggly Wiggly is an American supermarket chain operating in the Southern and Midwestern regions of the United States. Its first outlet opened in 1916 in Memphis, Tennessee, and is notable for having been the first true self-service grocery store, and the originator of various familiar supermarket features.

The US President William McKinley is shot

William McKinley was the 25th President of the US, assassinated 6 months into his 2nd term. He was shot at the Pan-American Exposition held at the Temple of Music in Buffalo. Leon Czologosz, an anarchist that lost his job during the economic Panic of 1893 shot him twice in the abdomen. McKinley died 7 days after the incident.

Mozart's opera "La Clemenza di Tito" premieres in Prague

La Clemenza di Tito is an opera seria in two acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to an Italian libretto by Caterino Mazzolà, after Pietro Metastasio. It was started after the bulk of Die Zauberflöte, the last opera that Mozart worked on, was already written. The work premiered in 1791 at the Estates Theatre in Prague.

The first lighthouse built in north America

Boston Light is a lighthouse located on Little Brewster Island in outer Boston Harbor, Massachusetts. The first lighthouse to be built on the site dates back to 1716 and was the first lighthouse to be built in what is now the United States. The structure was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.

Spanish ship Victoria returns home after first circumnavigation in history

The ship was first commanded by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Unfortunately, Magellan died during the journey. Victoria was then commanded by his master, Juan Sebastián Elcano. The whole expedition began with five ships. Victoria was the only ship to complete the voyage, two weeks shy of three years after setting sail.

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