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Maroon 5 hit #1 on the US singles chart with 'Girls Like You'

"Girls Like You" is a song recorded by American band Maroon 5, from their sixth studio album Red Pill Blues. The single, featuring Cardi B, reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it Maroon 5's fourth and Cardi B's third chart-topper.

Mumbai stampede

In 2017, a stampede broke out at the sub-urban Elphinstone Road railway station in Mumbai, India. At least 23 people were killed and 39 others were injured in the stampede. The incident took place between the Parel railway station and Elphinstone road railway station.

Hoboken train crash

An NJ Transit commuter train crashed at Hoboken Terminal in Hoboken, New Jersey. The accident occurred during the morning rush hour, at one of the busiest transportation hubs in the New York metropolitan area. The events leading up to the crash remain unclear but are being investigated. One person died, and 114 others were injured.

The series finale of 'Breaking Bad'

"Felina" is the series finale of the American drama television series Breaking Bad. It is the sixteenth episode of season five and the 62nd overall episode of the series. Upon airing, "Felina" was met with widespread acclaim from critics. Several critics have called it one of the greatest series finales of all time.

Kenzo's rain-filled set

Kenzo is a French luxury fashion house founded in 1970 by Japanese designer Kenzo Takada. Kenzo Takada was born in Japan and moved to Paris in 1964 to start his fashion career. He then became known for using Asian and Japanese influenced style with the construction of European fashion.

'A Steady Rain' opens on Broadway

A Steady Rain is a play by Keith Huff. With a plot similar to a real-life event involving Jeffrey Dahmer, it focuses on two Chicago policemen who inadvertently return a Vietnamese boy to a cannibalistic serial killer who claims to be the child's uncle.

Iceland financial crisis errupts

The Icelandic financial crisis was a major economic and political event in Iceland that involved the default of all three of the country's major privately owned commercial banks in late 2008, following their difficulties in refinancing their short-term debt and a run on deposits in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The biggest one-day drop on Wall Street

The S&P 500 Banking Index fell 14% with drops in the stock value of a number of US banks generally considered sound, including Bank of New York Mellon, State Street and Northern Trust; three Ohio banks, National City, Fifth Third, and KeyBank were down dramatically.

SpaceShipOne performs a successful spaceflight

SpaceShipOne is an experimental air-launched rocket-powered aircraft with sub-orbital spaceflight capability at speeds of up to 900 m/s, using a hybrid rocket motor. SpaceShipOne completed the first manned private spaceflight in 2004. That same year, it won the US$10 million Ansari X Prize and was immediately retired from active service.

Hurricane Juan makes landfall in Nova Scotia

The hurricane peaked in intensity with sustained winds of 105 mph, losing some strength as it raced over cooler waters toward the coast of Nova Scotia. Juan made landfall between Shad Bay and Prospect in the Halifax Regional Municipality as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 100 mph.

'Black Books' first airs on Channel 4

Black Books is a British sitcom created by Dylan Moran and Graham Linehan. Starring Moran, Bill Bailey and Tamsin Greig, the series is set in the eponymous London bookshop and follows the lives of its owner Bernard Black, his assistant Manny Bianco and their friend Fran Katzenjammer.

Washington National Cathedral is completed

The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington is a cathedral of the Episcopal Church located in Washington, D.C. The structure is of Neo-Gothic design closely modeled on English Gothic style of the late fourteenth century. It is the second-largest church building in the United States.

Maria McKee hits #1 on the UK singles chart

"Show Me Heaven" is a song written by Maria McKee, Eric Rackin and Jay Rifkin for the soundtrack to Tom Cruise film "Days of Thunder." "Show Me Heaven" spent four weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart, and is McKee's only UK number-one.

Space Shuttle Discovery is launched

It was the first Space Shuttle flight after Challenger disaster in 1986. Apart from restarting the Shuttle program, the mission had several payloads. Most important was TDRS-3 Satelite. Astronauts conducted several experiments. Discovery suffered severe thermal protection damage during re-entry. Similar damage led to the loss of Columbia fifteen years later.

Prince starts a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"Let's Go Crazy" is a 1984 song by Prince and The Revolution, from the album Purple Rain. It was the opening track on both the album and the film Purple Rain. "Let's Go Crazy" was one of Prince's most popular songs, and was a staple for concert performances, often segueing into other hits.

'A Chorus Line' becomes the longest-running musical

A Chorus Line is a musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante. The original Broadway production ran for 6,137 performances, becoming the longest-running production in Broadway history until surpassed by Cats in 1997.

Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to visit Ireland

Pope John Paul II visited Ireland from the last days of September to the first day of October 1979, it was the first trip to Ireland by a pope. Over 2.5 million people attended events in Dublin, Drogheda, Clonmacnoise, Galway, Knock, Limerick, and Maynooth. It was one of John Paul's first foreign visits as Pope, who had been elected in 1978.

The Police have their first UK #1 single

"Message in a Bottle" is a song by English rock band The Police. It was released as the lead single from their second studio album, Reggatta de Blanc. Written by the band's lead singer and bassist Sting, the song is ostensibly about a story of a castaway on an island, who sends out a message in a bottle to seek love.

Soviet space station Salyut 6 is launched

It was the first of second-generation space stations. It possessed several design advances. These included a second docking port, a new main propulsion system and the multispectral telescope. The addition of the second docking port made crew handovers and station resupply by unmanned Progress freighters.


Muhammad Ali beats Earnie Shavers

Muhammad Ali and Earnie Shavers fought each other in a fifteen-round boxing match in 1977. The fight went the full distance with Ali emerging the winner through a unanimous decision. Shaver's payday was ten times less then Ali's, totalling $300,000, nevertheless that sum was more than he earned during his entire career.

Jackie Wilson has a heart attack while performing live on stage

Jackie Wilson was one of the featured acts in Dick Clark's Good Ol' Rock and Roll Revue, hosted by the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He was in the middle of singing "Lonely Teardrops" when he suffered a massive heart attack. When he collapsed on stage, audience members applauded as they initially thought it was part of the act.

The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced

The Chevrolet Camaro is an American automobile manufactured by Chevrolet, classified as a pony car and some versions also as a muscle car. It went on sale for the 1967 model year and was designed as a competing model to the Ford Mustang. The car shared its platform and major components with the Pontiac Firebird, also introduced for 1967.

'My Fair Lady' closes on Broadway

My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a lady.

Julia Gillard, the Australia's first female PM, is born

Julia Eileen Gillard is an Australian former politician who served as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the Australian Labor Party from 2010 to 2013. She was the first and to date the only woman to hold the positions of Deputy Prime Minister, Prime Minister and leader of a major party in Australia.

Kyshtym disaster

The Kyshtym disaster was a radioactive contamination accident that occurred at Mayak, a plutonium production site in Russia for nuclear weapons and nuclear fuel reprocessing plant of the Soviet Union.

Father of Rock Bill Haley with six UK Top 30 hits

Bill Haley was an American rock and roll musician credited by many with first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley & His Comets. In September of 1956, he had six hits in the UK top 30 Charts - “Rocking Through the Rye,” “The Saints Rock ‘n Roll,” “Rock Around the Clock,” “Razzle Dazzle,” and “See You Later Alligator.”

The convention establishing CERN is signed

The convention establishing CERN was ratified in 1954 by 12 countries in Europe. The acronym CERN originally represented the French words for Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, meaning European Council for Nuclear Research, which was a provisional council for building the laboratory, established by 12 European governments in 1952.

'The Barefoot Contessa' premieres at Capitol

The Barefoot Contessa is a 1954 American drama film written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz about the life and loves of fictional Spanish sex symbol Maria Vargas. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, and Edmond O'Brien. For his performance, O'Brien won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

'A Star is Born' premieres at the Pantages Theatre

A Star Is Born is a 1954 American musical film written by Moss Hart, starring Judy Garland and James Mason, and directed by George Cukor. Hart's screenplay is an adaptation of the original 1937 film, which was based on the original screenplay by Robert Carson, Dorothy Parker and Alan Campbell.


Willie Mays' famous over-the-shoulder catch

The Catch refers to a defensive play made by New York Giants center fielder Willie Mays on a ball hit by Cleveland Indians batter Vic Wertz, during Game 1 of the 1954 World Series at the Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan, New York City.


Joe Louis TKOs Lou Nova

In 1941, Lou Nova fought Joe Louis for the heavyweight title. Nova was knocked down once in the 6th round. Nova made a poor showing. The end was somewhat controversial because the fight was stopped with just one second left in the round when Nova arose unsteadily from the knockdown.

Munich agreement is signed

The Munich Agreement was an agreement permitting Nazi Germany's annexation of portions of Czechoslovakia, along with the country's borders mainly inhabited by German speakers, for which a new territorial designation, the "Sudetenland", was coined.

British mandate in Palestine comes into effect

The British Mandate for Palestine was a "Class A" League of Nations mandate for the territories of Palestine, in which the Balfour Declaration's "national home for the Jewish people" was to be established, and Transjordan, a separate Arab Emirate, both of which were conceded by the Ottoman Empire following World War I.

Italy declares war on Turkey

The Italo-Turkish or Turco-Italian War was fought between the Kingdom of Italy and the Ottoman Empire from 1911 to 1912. As a result of this conflict, Italy captured the Ottoman Tripolitania Vilayet, of which the main sub-provinces were Fezzan, Cyrenaica, and Tripoli itself. These territories together formed what became known as Italian Libya.

Washington National Cathedral construction begins

The construction started with a ceremonial address by President Theodore Roosevelt and the laying of the cornerstone. In 1912, Bethlehem Chapel opened for services in the unfinished cathedral, which have continued daily ever since. Gen. John J. Pershing led fundraising efforts for the church after World War I.

The world's first electric tramway launches

The Blackpool Tramway runs from Blackpool to Fleetwood on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire, England. The line dates back to 1885 and is one of the oldest electric tramways in the world. It is operated by Blackpool Transport and runs for 11 miles. It carried 5.2 million passengers in the 2017/18 financial year.

The Arab conquest of Egypt

Before the Arab conquest of Egypt had begun, Byzantium had already lost the Levant and its Ghassanid allies in Arabia to the Caliphate. The loss of the prosperous province of Egypt and the defeat of the Byzantine armies severely weakened the empire, allowing for further territorial losses in the centuries to come.

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