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Air Niugini Flight 73 crashes into Chuuk Lagoon

Air Niugini Flight 73 was a scheduled service from Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. In 2018, the flight, operated by a Boeing 737, landed short of the runway at Chuuk International Airport in Weno and came to rest in Chuuk Lagoon. Locals in small boats rescued most passengers and all crew members.

Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami

A shallow, large earthquake struck in the neck of the Minahasa Peninsula, Indonesia, with its epicentre located in the mountainous Donggala Regency, Central Sulawesi. The magnitude 7.5 quake was located 77 km away from the provincial capital Palu and was felt as far away as Samarinda on East Kalimantan and also in Tawau, Malaysia.

'Will & Grace' returns after 11 years

The ninth season of the American comedy series Will & Grace premiered in 2017. It comprised 16 episodes and is the first of three planned reunion seasons following the series' eighth season in 2006. On Metacritic, the season has a weighted average score of 73 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Typhoon Megi makes landfall in eastern China

Typhoon Megi, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Helen, was a large and powerful tropical cyclone which affected Taiwan and eastern China in 2016. It is the seventeenth named storm and the seventh typhoon of the annual typhoon season.

NASA reports liquid water on Mars

The discovery was made by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter probe (MRO). Although the water was called liquid, it was more like mud on Earth. MRO confirmed that the mud contains hydrated salts. The phenomenon occurs during the warmest months on Mars. The mud flows visible on slopes. The probe was orbiting the red planet from 2006.

Revival of 'You Can't Take It With You' opens on Broadway

You Can't Take It with You is a comedic play in three acts by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The original production of the play premiered on Broadway in 1936, and played for 838 performances. A revival opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theater in 2014.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery is opened to the public

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery was opened to the public, giving new life to The Magazine, a Grade II* listed former gunpowder store built in 1805. Located five minutes' walk from the Serpentine Gallery across the Serpentine Bridge, it comprises 900 square meters of gallery space, restaurant, shop and social space.

Sita Air Flight 601 crashes

Sita Air Flight 601 was a Nepalese domestic passenger flight, operated by Sita Air from Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal's capital Kathmandu to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla. In 2012, the Dornier 228 serving the route crashed while attempting an emergency landing at Kathmandu shortly after take off, killing all 19 people on board.

Oaxaca landslide

Throughout Oaxaca, damage from the storm was estimated to be at least 2 billion MXN. In Veracruz, Mexico, the combined damage from Matthew and earlier Hurricane Karl wrought roughly 100 billion MXN in damage; it is unknown exactly how much of the total is due to Matthew.

SpaceX launches the first private spacecraft into orbit

The Falcon 1 was an expendable launch system privately developed and manufactured by SpaceX during 2006–2009. In 2008, Falcon 1 became the first privately-developed liquid-fuel launch vehicle to go into orbit around the Earth. Falcon 1 achieved orbit on its fourth attempt, in 2008 with a mass simulator as a payload.


Wayne Rooney makes scores hat-trick during his debut in MU

He made his United debut in a 6–2 home win over Fenerbahçe in the UEFA Champions League, scoring a hat-trick and laying on an assist. These goals made Rooney the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League aged 18 years 335 days.

Denmark refuses euro in referendum

With 99% of votes counted, TV projections showed 53% against and 47% for, promising a comfortable final majority for jubilant ney-sayers. The result immediately echoed across the EU and beyond, with the euro starting to drop in late trading in New York.

Palestinian self-rule in West Bank is agreed

The Israeli prime minister and the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation have signed a deal in Washington giving Palestinians control over much of the West Bank. Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat put their names to the 400-page agreement in a low-key ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

The cruise ferry MS Estonia sinks in Baltic Sea

MS Estonia was a cruise ferry built in 1979 at the German shipyard Meyer Werft in Papenburg. The ship sank in 1994 in the Baltic Sea. It is the second-deadliest European shipwreck disaster to have occurred in peacetime and the deadliest peacetime shipwreck to have occurred in European waters.

Stevie Wonder releases his eighteenth studio album

Songs in the Key of Life is the eighteenth album by American recording artist Stevie Wonder, released by Motown Records, through its division Tamla Records. It was the culmination of his "classic period" albums. Songs in the Key of Life became the best-selling and most critically acclaimed album of Wonder's career.

Andy Kim goes to #1 on the US singles chart

"Rock Me Gently" was a Billboard #1 hit song for Andy Kim in 1974. The single impressed Capitol Records executives, who signed Kim to a deal. "Rock Me Gently" debuted on the Hot 100 and took 14 weeks to reach #1. It also rose to #2 on the UK Singles Chart and #10 in Ireland.

Bad Company go to #1 on the US album chart

Bad Company is the debut studio album by the English hard rock supergroup Bad Company. The album reached the top of the US Billboard 200. Since then, the album has been certified five times platinum by the RIAA and became the 46th best selling album of the 1970s.


Cold War on Ice

Game eight of the Summit Series was the climax of the greatest series ever played, Canada versus the Soviet Union. The Soviets led 5-3 at the end of the second period, but Phil Esposito and Yvan Cournoyer tied the game. Paul Henderson scored the most famous goal in hockey history, with only 34 seconds remaining, to win the series for Canada.

The Beatles start a nine week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"Hey Jude" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. The ballad evolved from "Hey Jules", a song McCartney wrote to comfort John Lennon's son, Julian, during his parents' divorce. More than seven minutes in length, it was at the time the longest single ever to top the British charts.

CBS makes the first color televisions available for sale

CBS had bought a television manufacturer in April, and in September 1951, production began on the only CBS-Columbia color television model, with the first color sets reaching retail stores at the end of the month. Only 200 sets had been shipped and only 100 sold when CBS discontinued its color television system in October that year.

Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin

Fleming had been investigating the properties of staphylococcus bacterium. His laboratory was often untidy. One day, he returned from holiday and noticed that one staphylococcus culture was contaminated with a fungus. Bacterial colonies immediately surrounding the fungus had been destroyed. The fungus produced something which killed the bacteria.

First round-the-world flight is completed

The first aerial circumnavigation of the world was conducted in 1924 by a team of aviators of the United States Army Air Service, the precursor of the United States Air Force. The trip took 175 days, covering over 27,553 miles.

American Safety Razor Company is founded

American Safety Razor Company is a personal care brand founded in the early 20th century by a merging of the Gem Cutlery Company & Ever-Ready and has been a principal competitor to Gillette for a century and more. The company produces a wide range of personal care, medical, industrial blades and cutting tools.


Portuguese giants Porto are founded by a local wine merchant

The club was founded in 1893 as Foot-Ball Club do Porto by António Nicolau de Almeida, a local port wine merchant and avid sportsman, who became fascinated with football during his trips to England. Porto played its first matches with other Portuguese clubs, including one against Lisbon's Foot-Ball Club Lisbonense in 1894.


Portuguese football club FC Porto is founded

Futebol Clube do Porto, commonly known as FC Porto, is a Portuguese sports club based in Porto. It is best known for the professional football team playing in the Primeira Liga, the top flight of Portuguese football. Founded in 1893, Porto is one of the "Big Three" teams in Portugal, together with Lisbon-based rivals Benfica and Sporting CP.

California is discovered

The first European to explore the California coast was Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, working for Spain. He died in southern California in 1543. Cabrillo and his men found that there was essentially nothing for the Spanish to easily exploit in California.

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