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2018

US Open Men's final

The 2018 US Open is the 138th edition of tennis' US Open and the fourth and final Grand Slam event of the year. Rafael Nadal was the defending champion but retired in the semifinal match against Juan Martin del Potro. Juan Martin del Potro has reached his second ever grand slam final as he faces Novak Djokovic in the final.

The discovery of a 3,500-year-old tomb is announced

Egypt has announced the discovery of two small tombs in the southern city of Luxor dating back about 3,500 years, a find the government hopes will help revive the country’s ailing tourism sector. The tombs are the latest discovery in the city famed for its temples and tombs spanning different dynasties of ancient Egyptian history.

Elizabeth II become the longest reigning monarch of the UK

Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning female monarch in world history. In May 2016 her reign surpassed the claimed reign of James Francis Edward Stuart. In October 2016 she became the world's longest reigning current monarch after the death of Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand.

U2 album released on iTunes for free

Bono called the album "a gift (from Apple)... to all their music customers", and said that the group wanted to "get (the album) to as many people as possible because that's what our band is all about". The record was automatically added to the "purchased" section of users' iTunes music libraries.

The Beatles: Rock Band is released

The Beatles: Rock Band is a 2009 music video game developed by Harmonix, published by MTV Games, and distributed by Electronic Arts. It is the third major console release in the Rock Band music video game series, in which players can simulate the playing of rock music by using controllers shaped like musical instruments.

The Dubai Metro is inaugurated

The Dubai Metro is a rapid transit rail network in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Red Line and Green Line are operational, with four further lines planned. The first section of the Red Line, covering 10 stations, was ceremonially inaugurated by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai.

First season debut of the TV series "Glee"

The first season of the musical comedy-drama television series Glee features the fictional high school show choir New Directions competing for the first time on the show choir circuit, while its members and faculty deal with sex, bullying, body image, homosexuality, teenage pregnancy, disabilities, adoption and other social issues.

Musical "The Color Purple" has its world premiere

The Color Purple is a musical with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell, and Allee Willis. Based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker, the show follows the journey of Celie, an African-American woman in the American South from the early to mid-20th century.

Sega releases the first 128-bit video game console

The Dreamcast is a home video game console released by Sega. It was the first in the sixth generation of video game consoles, preceding Sony's PlayStation 2, Nintendo's GameCube and Microsoft's Xbox. The Dreamcast was Sega's final home console, marking the end of the company's 18 years in the console market.

Coolio featuring L.V. scores his first US #1 single

"Gangsta's Paradise" is a song by American rapper Coolio, featuring singer L.V. The song was released on Coolio's album of the same name, as well as the soundtrack for the 1995 film Dangerous Minds. The song was listed at number 85 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All-Time and number one biggest selling single of 1995 on U.S. Billboard.

New Kids On The Block score their second US #1 single

"Hangin' Tough" is a 1989 single from New Kids on the Block which was released on Columbia Records. It was the fourth single from the group's second album of the same name. "Hangin' Tough" peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart and topped the UK Singles Chart where it became the first No. 1 single of the 1990s.

1987

Twenty-five English football fans are extradited to stand trial

In September 1987 they were extradited and formally charged with manslaughter applying to all 39 deaths and further charges of assault. Initially, all were held at a Belgian prison but over the subsequent months, judges permitted their release as the start of the trial became ever more delayed.

1985

Croatian footballer Luka Modrić is born

Luka Modrić is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and is the captain of the Croatia national team. Modrić is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation, and among the greatest Croatian footballers of all-time.

Actress Michelle Williams is born

Michelle Ingrid Williams is an American actress. She is particularly known for her work in small-scale independent productions with dark or tragic themes. The recipient of several accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, Williams has been nominated for four Academy Awards and one Tony Award.

Chinese communist leader Mao dies

Mao Zedong was a Chinese communist revolutionary who became the founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he ruled as the Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. After years of ill health, he suffered a series of heart attacks and died at the age of 82.

Canadian singer Michael Bublé is born

Michael Steven Bublé is a Canadian-Italian singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. He has won several awards, including four Grammy Awards and multiple Juno Awards. His first album reached the top ten in Canada and the UK. He found a worldwide audience with his 2005 album It's Time.

1972

The most controversial game in international basketball history

The 1972 Olympic men's basketball final was one of the most controversial events in Olympic history and was recorded by FIBA as the first-ever loss for Team USA since the sport began Olympic play in 1936. There were rumors that the Communist party had bribed the officials because they wanted the USSR to win 50 gold medals at these Olympics.

John Lennon releases his "Imagine" album

Imagine is the second studio album by John Lennon. Recorded and released in 1971, the album is more heavily produced in contrast to the basic, raw arrangements of his previous album, the critically acclaimed John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. The album is the most popular of his solo works and the title track is considered one of Lennon's finest songs.

1971

NHL star Gordie Howe retires

Howe retired for the first time in 1971 and was immediately inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame that same year. He was then inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame the next year but came back two years later to join his sons Mark and Marty on the Houston Aeros of the WHA.

"Hello, Dolly!" is the longest-running Broadway musical

Hello, Dolly! is a 1964 musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart The show received rave reviews, with "praise for Carol Channing and particularly Gower Champion." The original production became the longest-running musical in Broadway history up to that time, surpassing My Fair Lady.

American actor and comedian Adam Sandler is born

Adam Richard Sandler is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer. After becoming a Saturday Night Live cast member, Sandler went on to star in many Hollywood feature films that combined have grossed over $2 billion at the box office. He is best known for his roles in the films Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore and Big Daddy.

Tibet is made an autonomous region of China

Today, China governs western and central Tibet as the Tibet Autonomous Region while the eastern areas are now mostly ethnic autonomous prefectures within Sichuan, Qinghai and other neighbouring provinces. There are tensions regarding Tibet's political status and dissident groups that are active in exile.

The Rolling Stones are at #1 in the UK

"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is a song by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, released in 1965. "Satisfaction" was a hit, giving the Stones their first number one in the US. In the UK, the song initially was played only on pirate radio stations, because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive.

The Beatles are at #1 on the UK singles chart

"She Loves You" is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and recorded by English rock group the Beatles. The single set and surpassed several records in the United Kingdom charts, and set a record in the United States as one of the five Beatles songs that held the top five positions in the charts simultaneously.

English actor Hugh Grant is born

Hugh John Mungo Grant is an English actor and film producer. Grant has received a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and an Honorary César for his work. As of 2018, his films have grossed a total of nearly US$3 billion worldwide from 29 theatrical releases.

Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time

Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, even though Sullivan had previously vowed never to allow Presley on the show. Elvis mythology states that Sullivan censored Presley by only shooting him from the waist up.

Musician Dave Stewart is born

David Allan Stewart is an English musician, songwriter and record producer, best known for Eurythmics, his successful professional partnership with Annie Lennox. He is usually credited as David A. Stewart, to avoid confusion with other musicians named Dave Stewart. He won Best British Producer at the 1986, 1987 and 1990 Brit Awards.

North Korea proclaimes independence

The South declared its statehood in 1948 and two months later the ardent anti-communist Syngman Rhee became its ruler. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea was established in the North in the same year. Shtykov served as the first Soviet ambassador, while Kim Il-sung became premier.

The first "bug" in a computer program is discovered

The terms "bug" and "debugging" are popularly attributed to Admiral Grace Hopper in the 1940s. While she was working on a Mark II computer at Harvard University, her associates discovered a moth stuck in a relay and thereby impeding operation, whereupon she remarked that they were "debugging" the system.

American singer Otis Redding is born

Otis Ray Redding Jr. was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. Redding's style of singing gained inspiration from the gospel music that preceded the genre.

KFC founder Colonel Sanders is born

Colonel Harland David Sanders was an American businessman, best known for founding fast-food chicken restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken and later acting as the company's brand ambassador and symbol. His name and image are still symbols of the company. The title 'colonel' was honorary – a Kentucky colonel – not the military rank.

California becomes the 31st U.S. state

As a part of the Compromise of 1850, California was officially admitted into the United States as an undivided free state. Its status as a "free state" prevented the expansion of slavery to the Pacific Coast, which was a foremost concern for the pre-Civil War US Congress.

Russian writer Leo Tolstoy is born

Lev Tolstoy usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He is best known for the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina often cited as pinnacles of realist fiction. Tolstoy served as a second lieutenant in an artillery regiment during the Crimean War, recounted in his Sevastopol Sketches.

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