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2018

The Evian Championship starts

The 2018 Evian Championship is the 25th Evian Championship and the sixth as a major championship on the LPGA Tour. The field for the tournament is set at 120, and most earn exemptions based on past performance on the Ladies European Tour, the LPGA Tour, or with a high ranking in the Women's World Golf Rankings.

"Snatch" returns for second season

Snatch is a comedy-drama web television series based on the film of the same name directed by Guy Ritchie. The series was created by Alex De Rakoff and stars Luke Pasqualino, Rupert Grint, Lucien Laviscount, Phoebe Dynevor, Juliet Aubrey and Ed Westwick.

2017

The IOC announces Paris and LA will host the Olympic games

The International Olympic Committee made a deal with Los Angeles to host the 2028 Summer Olympics, making Paris the host of the 2024 Summer Olympics. The formal announcement of the hosts for both Olympiads took place at the 131st IOC Session in Lima, Peru.

Hozier drops a song called "Take Me To Church"

"Take Me to Church" is a song by Irish musician Hozier from his debut EP Take Me to Church, originally released as a free download in 2013, featuring original recordings & mixes of songs "Take Me To Church," "Like Real People Do," "Angel Of Small Death And The Codeine Scene," and "Cherry Wine", as well as his later self-titled debut album.

Taliban attacks the US consulate in Herat

The U.S. consulate in Herat, Afghanistan was attacked by a group of Taliban militants. A large truck drove up to the Consulate's primary vehicle entry point and detonated a massive improvised explosive charge, causing extensive damage. A gun battle ensued, and all seven attackers were killed. No Americans were killed or seriously injured.

2010

Rafael Nadal wins his first US Open title

Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic to win his first US Open title and he was the first Spanish man to win US Open since Manuel Santana in 1965. It was his ninth career major and completed the Career Golden Slam with the win. Nadal became the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open in the same calendar year.

"Avenue Q" plays its final performance on Broadway

With more than 2,500 performances, Avenue Q ranks 24th on the list of longest running shows in Broadway history. The show ended its Broadway run in September 2009 and then reopened Off-Broadway at New World Stages in October 2009.

Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast of the US

The eye of Hurricane Ike approached the upper Texas coast, making landfall over the east end of Galveston Island, with a high storm surge, and travelled north up Galveston Bay, along the east side of Houston. 37 people are known to have lost their lives in Texas due to Ike while hundreds are still missing.

Sonic Rush Adventure is released

Sonic Rush Adventure is a 2007 adventure platform game for the Nintendo DS, and the direct sequel to the 2005 game Sonic Rush. The story follows Sonic the Hedgehog and Tails, who are teleported to an alternate dimension and seek the help of Blaze the Cat, while battling a band of robot pirates.

"Bones" first airs on Fox

The pilot of Bones is written by series creator Hart Hanson and directed by Greg Yaitanes. It introduces the two main characters of the series, Dr. Temperance Brennan, played by Emily Deschanel, and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth, played by David Boreanaz, and their partnership in solving cases involving unidentified human remains.

"Supernatural" first airs on the WB

The Supernatural pilot introduced the characters of Sam and Dean Winchester, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, brothers who travel throughout the country hunting supernatural creatures, as they battled a ghostly Woman in White while searching for their missing father portrayed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Oprah gives away nearly 300 new cars

On the season premiere of 2004, every person in Winfrey's show audience was given a new car that was donated by General Motors worth about $8 million in total. For the premiere of the show's farewell season, the studio audience of 300 "ultimate fans" were rewarded by being given a trip to Australia with Winfrey donated by Australian tourism bodies.

Chase Manhattan agrees to buy J.P. Morgan

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is an American multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in New York City. JPMorgan Chase is the largest bank in the US, and the 6th largest bank in the world by total assets, with the amount of $2.534 trillion. The company was formed in 2000 when Chase Manhattan Corporation merged with J.P. Morgan & Co.

Rapper Tupac Shakur dies

Tupac Shakur was an American rapper and actor. On September 7, 1996, Shakur was shot four times by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. At the hospital, he was heavily sedated, placed on life-support machines, and ultimately put under a barbiturate-induced coma to keep him in the bed. Shakur died six days later from internal bleeding. The gunman never captured.

Ulysses probe passes the Sun's south pole

Ulysses arrived at Jupiter for a swing-by maneuver that increased its inclination to the ecliptic by 80.2 degrees. The giant planet's gravity bent the spacecraft's flight path southward and away from the ecliptic plane. This put it into a final orbit around the Sun that would take it past the Sun's north and south poles.

Israel-Palestine peace accord is signed

The Oslo I Accord or Oslo I, officially called the Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements or short Declaration of Principles, was an attempt in 1993 to set up a framework that would lead to the resolution of the ongoing Israeli–Palestinian conflict. It was the first face-to-face agreement between the 2 governments.

"Law & Order" debuts on NBC

Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in syndication, on various cable networks. At the time of its cancellation, Law & Order was the longest-running crime drama on American primetime television.

Devastating storm heads toward Caribbean

Hurricane Hugo was a powerful Cape Verde hurricane that caused widespread damage and loss of life in Guadeloupe, Saint Croix, Puerto Rico, and the Southeast United States. Severe damage was reported throughout the islands of the Caribbean. The storm caused an estimated $3 billion in damages in the Caribbean.

Jackson starts a five-week run at #1 on the UK album chart

Bad is the seventh studio album by American singer and songwriter Michael Jackson, released in 1987 in the United States by Epic Records and internationally by CBS Records. It was released nearly five years after Jackson's previous solo studio album, Thriller. Bad was written and recorded over the span of over three and a half years.

Berlin go to #1 on the US singles chart

"Take My Breath Away" is a song written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock for the film Top Gun, performed by the band Berlin. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1986.

1986

Japanese Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi is born

Kamui Kobayashi is a Japanese professional racing driver who currently competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship for Toyota Gazoo Racing, in the Super Formula Championship for KCMG and set to compete in Formula E for Andretti Autosport under Monaco racing license. He also previously competed in the GP2 Series.

Super Mario Bros. is released

Super Mario Bros. is a platform video game developed and published by Nintendo. The successor to the 1983 arcade game, Mario Bros., it was released in North America and Europe for the NES in 1985. Players control Mario, or his brother Luigi in the multiplayer mode, as they travel the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Toadstool from Bowser.

Space Shuttle Discovery lands

The mission's goals were deployment of three communications satellites into orbit and repair of one broken satellite in space. The astronauts conducted two spacewalks. The launch was originally scheduled for August 24 but it has to be postponed twice. First time it was because of the weather, second time because of computer failure.

Yul Brynner plays his 4,000th performance in "The King and I"

In September 1983, in Los Angeles, Brynner celebrated his 4,000th performance as the King; on the same day he was privately diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer, and the tour had to shut down for a few months while he received painful radiation therapy to shrink the tumor.

1981

Wrestler Angelina Love is born

Lauren Ann Williams is a Canadian professional wrestler best known for her time in TNA/Impact Wrestling under the ring name Angelina Love. In Impact Wrestling, she has held the TNA Knockouts Championship 6 times and was a one-time TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion with Winter.

Conductor Leopold Stokowski is born

Leopold Anthony Stokowski was an English conductor of Polish and Irish descent. One of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th century, he is best known for his long association with the Philadelphia Orchestra and his appearance in the Disney film Fantasia. He was especially noted for his free-hand conducting style that spurned the traditional baton.

Attica prison riot ends

The Attica Prison uprising ended two weeks after the killing of George Jackson at San Quentin State Prison, about 1,000 of the Attica prison's approximately 2,200 inmates rioted and took control of the prison, taking 42 staff hostage.

The Beatles release "Yesterday" in the US

McCartney's vocal and acoustic guitar, together with a string quartet, essentially made for the first solo performance of the band. It remains popular today and, with more than 2,200 cover versions, is one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music.

A campaign is started in the UK to ban the American hit

Decca Records in England decided not to release Ray Peterson's 1960 recording on the grounds that it was "too tasteless and vulgar" and destroyed about twenty thousand copies that had already been pressed. A cover version by Ricky Valance, released by EMI on the Columbia label, was No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks.

Luna 2 becomes the first man-made object to reach the Moon

Luna 2 or Lunik 2 was the second of the Soviet Union's Luna programme spacecraft launched to the Moon. It was the 1st spacecraft to reach the surface of the Moon, and the 1st man-made object to land on another celestial body. In September 1959, it hit the Moon's surface east of Mare Imbrium near the craters Aristides, Archimedes, and Autolycus.

Musician Peter Cetera is born

Peter Paul Cetera is an American singer, songwriter, and bassist best-known for being an original member of the rock band Chicago, before launching a successful solo career. His career as a recording artist encompasses seventeen albums with Chicago and eight solo albums.

Italy invades Egypt

The Italian invasion of Egypt was an Italian offensive against British, Commonwealth and Free French forces during the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War. The goal of the offensive was to seize the Suez Canal; the Italian forces in Libya would have to advance along the coast, across northern Egypt to the canal.

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk dies

Masaryk died less than two years after leaving office, at the age of 87, in Lány, Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic. He died before the Munich Agreement and the Nazi occupation of his country. He was known as "The Great Old Man of Europe".

Writer Roald Dahl is born

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. His books have sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. Dahl's short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children's books for their unsentimental, macabre, often darkly comic mood, featuring villainous adult enemies of the child characters.

Harshey chocolate maker is born

Milton Snavely Hershey was an American confectioner and philanthropist. He founded the Hershey Chocolate Company and the "company town" of Hershey, Pennsylvania, eventually becoming a great success. As he and his wife had no children, they turned to philanthropy.

Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David

The history of the statue begins before Michelangelo's work on it from 1501 to 1504. It 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.

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