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Siemens and Alstom agree on European rail mega-merger

Alstom announced a proposal to merge with Siemens Mobility, with the objective of creating "a new European champion in the rail industry". The combined rail business, to be named Siemens Alstom and headquarters in Paris, would have $18 billion U.S. in revenue and employ 62,300 people in more than 60 countries.

Lacoste's tennis court in the middle of the Jardin des Tuileries

The Jardin des Tuileries in Paris might seem an unusual venue for a sports match. But the designer makes clothes that bring sportswear into daily life. He also achieves one of the smoothest merges of masculine and feminine – probably because sport is the great leveller.

Jacquemus' big fake orange sun glows at the runway

There was a big fake orange sun glowing at the end of the runway as Jacquemus’s fresh-cheeked, incredibly pretty girls walked out under huge traditional circular straw hats. Their clothes steadily proved how Jacquemus’s repertoire has widened.

'Spring Awakening' opens on Broadway

Spring Awakening is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the 1891 German play Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-19th-century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of teenage sexuality.

Mount Ontake eruption

A volcanic eruption of Mount Ontake took place in 2014, killing 63 people. Mount Ontake is a volcano located on the Japanese island of Honshu around 100 kilometres northeast of Nagoya and around 200 km West of Tokyo. It was the first fatal volcanic eruption in Japan since the 1991 collapse of a lava dome at Mount Unzen.

Amal Alamuddin marries George Clooney in Venice

The couple obtained marriage licenses in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London. They married in Venice's city hall, following a high-profile wedding ceremony two days earlier, also in Venice. They were married by Clooney's friend Walter Veltroni, a former mayor of Rome. The wedding was widely reported in the media.

Dior's show is flowering

Dior presented its spring 2013 couture collection in a verdant garden that belied the city’s frigid conditions. After entering a reflective tent erected in the Jardin des Tuileries, Princess Charlene of Monaco and hundreds of other Dior devotees stumbled into a plein-air fantasy conceived by Martin Wirtz, a partner at Wirtz International, the legendary landscape design firm founded by his father, Jacques.

Mumbai building collapse

The 2013 Mumbai building collapse occurred in 2013 when a five-story building collapsed in the Mazagaon area of Mumbai city in Maharashtra a state in India. At least 61 people died and 32 others were injured in the disaster.

'An Enemy of the People' opens on Broadway

An Enemy of the People is an 1882 play by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Ibsen wrote it in response to the public outcry against his play Ghosts, which had challenged the hypocrisy of Victorian morality. A stage version starring Richard Thomas and Boyd Gaines opened in New York in 2012.

Curiosity Rover Reports dried water stream on Mars

The rower found direct evidence for an ancient streambed in Gale Crater, suggesting an ancient flow of water on Mars. Analysis of the indicated that the water ran at 3.3 kilometers per hour. Proof came in the form of rounded pebbles and gravel fragments that could have only been weathered by strong liquid currents.

The oldest living person tops the US album chart

Duets II is an album by Tony Bennett, released in 2011. It was released in conjunction with Bennett's 85th birthday and is a sequel to his previous duet album, Duets: An American Classic. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" was released on iTunes as a free download.

Typhoon Nesat hits the island of Luzon in the Philippines

Typhoon Nesat, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Pedring, was the most powerful tropical cyclone to directly impact China since 2005. It also struck the Philippines during the 2011 Pacific typhoon season, killing 83 people.

'A Breath of Snow and Ashes' is published

A Breath of Snow and Ashes is the sixth book in the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Centered on time-traveling 20th-century doctor Claire Randall and her 18th century Scottish Highlander warrior husband Jamie Fraser, the books contain elements of historical fiction, romance, adventure and science fiction/fantasy.

Phil Spector is formally charged with murder

Phil Spector was charged with murder due to an indictment in the shooting death of an actress Lana Clarkson at his home last year. Spector leaned on the arm of his lawyer as the indictment in the slaying of the woman, Lana Clarkson, 40, was read, but showed no emotion. Outside court, he attacked at prosecutors.

Shakira releases 'Whenever, Wherever'

"Whenever, Wherever" is a song by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira for her third studio album and English-language debut, Laundry Service. It was released in 2001, by Epic Records as the lead single from the album. The song was written, composed, and produced by Shakira and Tim Mitchell, with additional songwriting from Gloria Estefan.

The Google retrospectively claims this as its birthday

The site was originally called BackRub but was changed in 1997 to Google - a misspelling of the word googol which is a term for the number one followed by one hundred zeros. The site is now the world's number one search engine and its name has become so synonymous with searching, it is now used as a verb in its own right.

The Manic Street Preachers score their first UK #1 album

This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours is the fifth studio album by Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. Like its 1996 predecessor, Everything Must Go, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours was a commercial and critical success. The album debuted at number 1 in the UK Album Chart, selling 136,000 copies, going Gold in the first week.

McQueen’s No. 13 show

McQueen’s thirteenth collection, simply titled No.13, was presented on a pared down, unvarnished wooden runway conceived of by Joseph Bennett, who had joined the team as production designer. Underpinning the collection was a concern with the handcrafted, inspired by the late Victorian Arts and Crafts Movement, with designs constructed from wood, leather, lace and raffia.

'Sabrina the Teenage Witch' first airs on ABC

Sabrina the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie Comics series of the same name. The show premiered in 1996, on ABC to over 17 million viewers in its "T.G.I.F." line-up. The show stars Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina Spellman, an American teenager who, on her sixteenth birthday, discovers she has magical powers.

Taliban seizes Afghan capital Kabul

With the Taliban attacking Kabul, interim minister of defense Ahmad Shah Massoud in his headquarters in northern Kabul concluded that his and President Rabbani’s interim government's forces had been encircled, and decided to quickly evacuate or withdraw those forces to the north. By nightfall, the Taliban had conquered Kabul.

'Pulp Fiction' is shot by Quentin Tarantino

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film is based on a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary, starred John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman. It tells several stories of criminal Los Angeles.


Fabrizio Ravanelli scores a record five goals in a single European club match

Fabrizio Ravanelli is an Italian football manager and former international footballer. In 1994, he memorably scored all five goals for Juventus against CSKA Sofia in a 5–1 win. In the 1996 UEFA Champions League Final, he put Juventus 1–0 up at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.


Ben Johnson is disqualified from the Seoul Olympics 100m

Benjamin Sinclair Johnson is a Jamaican-born Canadian former sprinter, who was disqualified for doping after finishing third in two Olympic races and two consecutive 100 metres finishes under the world record time at the 1987 World Championships in Athletics and the 1988 Summer Olympics.

'Twist and Shout' re-entered the US singles chart

The song enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in 1986 after it appeared in the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off and in the Rodney Dangerfield film Back to School. The use in the two films helped propel the single up the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at No. 23 late that summer.

TGV is launched

The TGV is France's intercity high-speed rail service, operated by the SNCF, the state-owned national rail operator. TGVs operate at the highest speeds in conventional train service in the world, regularly reaching from 320 km/h to 360 km/h on the LGV Est, LGV Rhin-Rhône and LGV Méditerranée.

David Bowie scores his fourth UK #1 album

With Scary Monsters, Bowie achieved what biographer David Buckley called "the perfect balance" of creativity and mainstream success, as well as earning critical acclaim, the album peaked at No. 1 and went Platinum in the UK, successfully restoring Bowie's commercial standing in the US.

'Hair' opens at Shaftesbury Theatre in London

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical is a rock musical with a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot. A product of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the late 1960s, several of its songs became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War peace movement.

The Beach Boys make their TV debut

The Beach Boys' album, "All Summer Long", had reached No. 4 on the Billboard chart in 1964. They made their first appearance on CBS' "The Ed Sullivan Show," performing two songs from the album: "I Get Around" and "Wendy", both written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love.

Warren Commission dismisses a plot behind JFK murder

The 888-page final report from the Warren Commission was presented to President Johnson in 1964. It concluded that President Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald and that Oswald acted entirely alone. It also concluded that Jack Ruby also acted alone when he killed Oswald two days later.

Rachel Carson publishes 'Silent Spring'

Silent Spring is an environmental science book by Rachel Carson. The book documents the adverse environmental effects caused by the indiscriminate use of pesticides. Carson accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation, and public officials of accepting the industry's marketing claims unquestioningly.

'Tonight Starring Steve Allen' debuts on NBC

Tonight Starring Steve Allen is an American talk show hosted by Steve Allen. It was the first version of what eventually became known as The Tonight Show. Tonight was the first late-night talk show, as well as the first late night television series of any time to achieve long-term success.


Ezzard Charles defeats Joe Louis

In 1950, Ezzard Charles outpointed his idol and former World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis to become the recognized Lineal Champion. Successful defenses against Walcott, Lee Oma and Joey Maxim followed.

Release of Roberto Rossellini’s iconic 'Roma'

Rome, Open City is a 1945 Italian neorealist drama film directed by Roberto Rossellini. The picture features Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani and Marcello Pagliero, and is set in Rome during the Nazi occupation in 1944. The title refers to Rome being declared an open city after 14 August 1943.

Nazi Germany, Italy and Japan sign pact forming the Axis

The Axis powers, also known as the Axis and the Rome–Berlin–Tokyo Axis, were the nations that fought in World War II against the Allies. The Axis powers agreed on their opposition to the Allies but did not completely coordinate their activity.

Ocean liner Queen Elizabeth is launched in Glasgow

The Queen herself performed the launching ceremony. Supposedly, the liner started to slide into the water before Elizabeth could officially launch her, and acting sharply, she managed to smash a bottle of Australian red over the liner's bow just before it slid out of reach. The ship was then sent for fitting out.

The first production of the Ford Model T automobile is built

Ford's Model T was successful not only because it provided inexpensive transportation on a massive scale, but also because the car signified innovation for the rising middle class and became a powerful symbol of America's age of modernization. With 16.5 million sold it stands eighth on the top ten list of most sold cars of all time.

Einstein publishes the E = mc2 equation

One of the most famous formulas of all times was published in the scientific journal Annalen der Physik. The title of the article was "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?". Einstein actually used L for energy. He wrote: “If a body gives off the energy L in the form of radiation, its mass diminishes by L/c2.”

The Stockton and Darlington Railway is opened

The Stockton and Darlington Railway is world's first public railway to use steam locomotives, its first line connected collieries near Shildon with Stockton-on-Tees and Darlington. The movement of coal to ships rapidly became a lucrative business, and the line was soon extended to a new port and town at Middlesbrough.

Mexico gains its independence from Spain

In the early 19th century, Napoleon's occupation of Spain led to the outbreak of revolts all across Spanish America. In 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest, launched the Mexican War of Independence with the issuing of his Grito de Dolores, or “Cry of Delores.”

The Norman Conquest begins

The Norman conquest of England, in Britain, often called the Norman Conquest or the Conquest, was the 11th-century invasion and occupation of England by an army of Norman, Breton, Flemish and French soldiers led by Duke William II of Normandy, later styled William the Conqueror.

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