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World's second-largest gem-quality diamond sells for $53m

British jeweller Graff bought the rough diamond for $53 million in 2017. By April 2019, Graff had cut it into one large emerald cut diamond, the Graff Lesedi La Rona, weighing 302.37 carats (60.47 g; 2.13 oz) and 66 smaller stones

Dior's mirrored cave

Dior presented a mirrored installation featuring the Dior spring 2018 collection. Taking resemblance to a metallic cave and crafted with a mosaic of mirrors, this iconic installation by designer Maria Grazia Churi was created in the middle of the gardens of the Musée Rodin. With this collection, Churi celebrates the magnificence and value of female creativity.

A fire severely damages the Baitul Futuh Mosque

A major fire broke out at the administrative side of the mosque complex. The fire brigade were called at 12:20 noon and the blaze was soon declared a 'major incident'. 10 fire engines, an aerial platform and 80 fire-fighters tackled the fire. The fire was under control at 5:32pm, more than 5 hours after the initial report.

Thom Yorke releases his album for $6 on BitTorrent

Tomorrow's Modern Boxes is the second solo album by Thom Yorke of the English alternative rock band Radiohead. It was produced by Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, with artwork by Radiohead artist Stanley Donwood. The album blends Yorke's vocals and piano playing with electronic beats and textures.

Iguala mass kidnapping

43 male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College were forcibly taken and then disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. They were allegedly taken into custody by local police members from Cocula and Iguala, in collusion with organized crime.

Revival of 'The Glass Menagerie' opens at the Booth Theatre

The Glass Menagerie is a memory play by Tennessee Williams that premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame. The play has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on its author, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister Laura.

Jet Man flies across English Channel on wing

In 2008, leaping from a helicopter at an altitude of 8,200 feet over Calais, France, Yves Rossy crossed the English Channel with a single jet-powered wing strapped on his back, wearing only a helmet and a flight suit for protection. Reaching speeds of over 125 miles per hour, he made the 22-mile flight to England in 13 minutes.

Crime thriller 'The Departed' is released

he Departed is an American neo-noir crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan. It is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs. The Departed stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg, with Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Anthony Anderson, and Alec Baldwin.

Earthquake hits Hokkaidō

The 2003 Hokkaidō earthquake, scientifically named the 2003 Tokachi-Oki earthquake occurred off the coast of Hokkaidō, Japan in September of that year. At a focal depth of 27 km, this great undersea earthquake measured 8.3 on the moment magnitude scale, making it the most powerful earthquake of 2003.

MS Express Samina sinks

MS Express Samina was a French-built RoPax ferry that collided with a rock off the coast of Paros island in the central Aegean Sea in 2000. The accident resulted in 81 deaths and the loss of the ship. The cause of the accident was crew negligence, for which several members were found criminally liable.

Bourne's 'Swan Lake' begins its run on Broadway

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake was first staged at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London in 1995. The longest running ballet in London's West End and on Broadway, it has been performed in the UK, Los Angeles, Europe, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Israel and Singapore.

Biosphere 2 experiment starts

Biosphere 2 was built as an artificial, materially closed ecological system, or vivarium. Its crew were four men and four women. During their stay, the crew experienced many problems. Limited agricultural productivity restricted their diet. Micro-organisms in the soil reduced oxygen levels in the atmosphere and added nitrous oxide.


Ben Johnson leaves the Seoul Olympics in disgrace

Benjamin Johnson is a Jamaican-born Canadian former sprinter, who won two Olympic bronze medals and an Olympic gold medal, which was later rescinded. He set consecutive 100 meters world records at the 1987 World Championships in Athletics and the 1988 Summer Olympics, but he was disqualified for doping, losing the Olympic title and both records.

Jackson starts a six-week run at #1 on the US album chart

Bad is the seventh studio album by American singer and songwriter Michael Jackson, released in the US by Epic Records and internationally by CBS Records. The lyrical themes include media bias, paranoia, racial profiling, self-improvement, and world peace. The album cemented Jackson's status as one of the most successful artists of the 1980s.

Adventure Crocodile Dundee is released

Crocodile Dundee is a 1986 action comedy film set in the Australian Outback and in New York City. It stars Paul Hogan as the weathered Mick Dundee. There are two versions of the film: the Australian version, and an international version, which had much of the Australian slang replaced with more commonly understood terms.

UK and China agree Hong Kong handover

The Handover of Hong Kong was the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China in a ceremony in 1997. The territory of Hong Kong comprised Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula, which were ceded to Britain in 1842 and 1860, respectively, and the New Territories, which was leased for 99 years in 1898.


Australia II wins America's Cup yacht race

An Australian syndicate representing the Royal Perth Yacht Club fielded the Australia II, skippered by John Bertrand, against defender Liberty, skippered by Dennis Conner. Australia II won the match races to win the America's Cup, ending the longest winning streak in sporting history and ending U.S. domination of the racing series.

Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic

To fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean, Concorde required the greatest supersonic range of any aircraft. This was achieved by a combination of engines which were highly efficient at supersonic speeds, a slender fuselage with high fineness ratio, and a complex wing shape for a high lift-to-drag ratio.

The Beatles release 'Abbey Road'

Abbey Road is the eleventh studio album by English rock band the Beatles, released in 1969 by Apple Records. The recording sessions for the album were the last in which all four Beatles participated. A two-sided hit single from the album, "Something" backed with "Come Together", topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US.

Roy Orbison starts a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"Oh, Pretty Woman" or "Pretty Woman" is a song recorded by Roy Orbison, written by Orbison and Bill Dees. It was released as a single on Monument Records and spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, the second single by Orbison to top the US charts.

Kennedy and Nixon clash in the first TV debate

The first general election presidential debate was held in 1960, between U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy, the Democratic nominee, and Vice President Richard Nixon, the Republican nominee, in Chicago at the studios of CBS's WBBM-TV. It was moderated by Howard K. Smith.

'West Side Story' opens at the Winter Garden Theatre

West Side Story is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid-1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood.


Boston Braves win first NL championship since 1914

The 1948 Boston Braves season was the 78th consecutive season for the Major League Baseball franchise, its 73rd in the National League. It produced the team's second NL pennant of the 20th century, its first since 1914, and its tenth overall league title dating to 1876.

Steamship RMS Queen Mary is launched

The new liner was launched by Queen Mary as RMS Queen Mary. On her way down the slipway, Queen Mary was slowed by eighteen drag chains, which checked the liner's progress into the River Clyde, a portion of which had been widened to accommodate the launch.

Albert Einstein publishes his first paper on the theory of relativity

Albert Einstein published the theory of special relativity in 1905, building on many theoretical results and empirical findings obtained by Albert A. Michelson, Hendrik Lorentz, Henri Poincaré and others. Einstein developed general relativity between 1907 and 1915. The final form of general relativity was published in 1916.

Donizetti's opera 'Lucia di Lammermoor' premieres

Lucia di Lammermoor is a tragic opera in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Salvadore Cammarano wrote the Italian-language libretto loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott's historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor. Lucia di Lammermoor premiered in 1835 at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples.

Francis Drake returns after second circumnavigation in history

Drake’s galleon, the Golden Hind, anchored in Plymouth with Drake and his 59 remaining crewmen aboard. The ship was full of spices and captured Spanish treasures. Golden Hind was second vessel to complete the circumnavigation. First was Spanish carrack Victoria, captained first by Ferdinand Magellan and later by Juan Sebastián Elcano.

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