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US Open Women's final

The 2018 US Open is the 138th edition of tennis' US Open. Serena Williams is attempting to equal Margaret Court's all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, also is attempting to set a new Open Era record by winning a seventh US Open singles title. Naomi Osaka has reached her first career Grand Slam final at the age of 20, becoming the first Japanese woman to accomplish the feat.

Album "Hitchhiker" is finally released after 41 years

Hitchhiker is a studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, issued on Reprise Records. It is the ninth release in Young's ongoing archival release series and the first of the Special Release series. Three songs from the session were released previously in nearly the same form as they are found on Hitchhiker.

Jamaican singer Prince Buster dies

Cecil Bustamente Campbell, known professionally as Prince Buster, was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer. Campbell died on the morning in a hospital in Miami, Florida, after suffering heart problems, according to his wife. He had reportedly been in poor health for some time after a series of strokes.

"Spamilton" opens at Off-Broadway's Triad cabaret

Spamilton: An American Parody is a musical parody of the Broadway show Hamilton. Written by Gerard Alessandrini, creator of the parody revue Forbidden Broadway, Spamilton also parodies several other musicals, including Gypsy, Chicago, The King and I, Assassins, Camelot, The Book of Mormon and Sweeney Todd.

The first use of a "vine" in TV advert

Dunkin’ Donuts ran what’s most certainly the first TV ad made entirely from a single Vine—Twitter’s popular 6-second social video format. The fast-food chain actually peeled one second off its Vine clip to fit into the network’s 5-second billboard ad unit, which appeared full-screen between segments during ESPN programs.

Colin McRae: Dirt 2 is released

Colin McRae: Dirt 2 is a racing video game developed and published by Codemasters. It is the seventh game in the Colin McRae Rally series. It is the first game in the McRae series since McRae's death in 2007. The game includes many new race-events, including stadium events.

USAir Flight 427 crashes

USAir Flight 427 was a scheduled flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Pittsburgh International Airport, with a final destination of West Palm Beach, Florida. The Boeing 737 flying this route crashed while approaching runway 28R of Pittsburgh International Airport. All 132 people on board the aircraft were killed.

Swedish DJ Avicii is born

Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name Avicii, was a Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer. He rose to prominence in 2011 with his single "Levels". His debut studio album, True, blended electronic music with elements of multiple genres and received generally positive reviews.

Yellowstone National Park is closed for the first time

The Yellowstone fires of 1988 collectively formed the largest wildfire in the recorded history of Yellowstone National Park in the US. The fires almost destroyed two major visitor destinations and, in September 1988, the entire park closed to all non-emergency personnel for the first time in its history.


Javier Sotomayer of Cuba high jumps world record 2.43m

Javier Sotomayor Sanabria is a Cuban former track and field athlete, who specialized in the high jump and is the current world record holder. The 1992 Olympic champion, he was the dominant high jumper of the 1990s; his personal best of 2.45 m makes him the only person ever to have cleared eight feet.

Haitian rapper and actor Wiz Khalifa is born

Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter and actor. He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006, and signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007. His Eurodance-influenced single, "Say Yeah", received urban radio airplay, charting on the Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot Rap Tracks charts in 2008.

The Oprah Winfrey Show is first broadcast nationally

The Oprah Winfrey Show is an American syndicated talk show that aired nationally for 25 seasons. Produced and hosted by its namesake, Oprah Winfrey, it remains the highest-rated daytime talk show in American television history.

Stevie Wonder has his first UK #1

"I Just Called to Say I Love You" is a ballad written, produced, and performed by Stevie Wonder. It remains Wonder's best-selling single to date. The song was the lead single from the 1984 soundtrack album The Woman in Red, along with two other songs by Wonder, and scored number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks.

Stage actress Teal Wicks is born

Teal Wicks is an American singer and stage actress, best known for her performances as Elphaba in the Broadway, San Francisco, and Los Angeles productions of the musical Wicked and as Mary Barrie in the musical Finding Neverland. Wicks is currently starring as Cher in the new musical The Cher Show.

American singer Pink is born

Pink is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. She was originally a founder of R&B girl group Choice. LaFace Records saw potential in Pink and offered her a solo recording contract. Her R&B-sounding debut album, Can't Take Me Home, was certified double-platinum in the US and spawned two US Billboard Hot 100 top-ten songs.

Nixon grants an unconditional pardon

Nixon was succeeded by Vice President Gerald Ford as President, who issued a full and unconditional pardon of Nixon, immunizing him from prosecution for any crimes he had "committed or may have committed or taken part in" as president.

Kennedy Center is inaugurated

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is the United States National Cultural Center. The performing arts center produces a wide array of performances encompassing the genres of theater, dance, ballet, and orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, and folk music.

American actor David Arquette is born

David Arquette is an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter and fashion designer. A member of the Arquette acting family, he first became known during the mid-1990s after starring in several Hollywood films, such as the Scream series, Wild Bill, Never Been Kissed, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The Beatles perform "Hey Jude" on the UK television show

"Hey Jude" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. The final edit was a combination of several different takes and included "introductions" to the song by David Frost and Cliff Richard, for their respective, eponymous TV programmes.


The first African American wins the US Open

Arthur Ashe defeated Tom Okker 14–12, 5–7, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3 in the final to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 1968 U.S. Open. John Newcombe was the 1967 defending champion but lost in the quarterfinals to Clark Graebner.

The Severn Bridge is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II

The Severn Bridge sometimes also called the Severn–Wye Bridge, is a motorway suspension bridge operated by Highways England. The bridge was opened in September 1966, by Queen Elizabeth II, who hailed it as the dawn of a new economic era for South Wales. For 30 years, the bridge carried the M4 motorway.

The first Star Trek series premieres on NBC

The Man Trap" is the first episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek to be broadcast. Set in the 23rd century, the series follows the adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew aboard the Starfleet starship USS Enterprise.

Legendary flop musical "Carnival in Flanders" opens

Carnival in Flanders is a musical with a book by Preston Sturges, lyrics by Johnny Burke, and music by Jimmy Van Heusen. Based on the 1934 French comedy film La Kermesse Héroïque, it is set in 1616 in the small Flemish village of Flackenburg, where a Spanish duke and his entourage descend upon the community.

Ray Charles records his first session for Atlantic

Ray Charles was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and composer. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray". He pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950s by combining blues, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles into the music he recorded for Atlantic Records. He was often referred to as "The Genius".

Nazi troops begin siege of Leningrad

The Siege of Leningrad was a prolonged military blockade undertaken from the south by the Army Group North of Nazi Germany against Leningrad. It was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history, and possibly the costliest in casualties suffered.

Country music singer Patsy Cline is born

Patsy Cline was an American country music singer and part of the Nashville sound during the late 1950s and early 1960s. She successfully "crossed over" to pop music and was one of the most influential, successful, and acclaimed vocalists of the 20th century.

3M begins marketing Scotch transparent tape

3M began marketing the first waterproof, transparent, pressure-sensitive tape after employee Richard Drew figures out how to coat strips of cellophane with adhesive. The product quickly got repurposed during the Depression by money-strapped consumers who used the tape as a cheap home-repair tool.

Margaret Gorman is crowned the first Miss America

Margaret Gorman was expected to defend her positions the next year, but someone else had attained the title of "Miss Washington, D.C.," so she was instead crowned as "Miss America." She is the only Miss America to receive her crown at the end of the year.

The Northern Pacific Railway is completed

The Northern Pacific Railway was a transcontinental railroad that operated across the northern tier of the western US, from Minnesota to the Pacific Northwest. Construction began in 1870 and the main line opened all the way from the Great Lakes to the Pacific when former President Ulysses S. Grant drove in the final "golden spike" in western Montana in 1883.

Michelangelo's statue of David is unveiled in Florence

David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created in marble by the Italian artist Michelangelo. David is a 5.17-metre marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David, a favored subject in the art of Florence.

King of England Richard I of England is born

Richard I was King of England from 1189 until his death. He also ruled as Duke of Normandy, Aquitaine and Gascony, Lord of Cyprus, Count of Poitiers, Anjou, Maine, and Nantes, and was overlord of Brittany at various times during the same period. He was the third of five sons of King Henry II of England and Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine.

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Pink (singer)

died 1960

Feroze Gandhi