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"Will & Grace" returns for a 10th season

The reboot of classic comedy Will and Grace has been renewed for at least two more seasons. The 18-episode 10th season of the show is due to return in the autumn after being nominated for five Emmys. NBC will start airing the new season in October with Channel 5 expected to start airing the show sometime in 2019.

Paul Revere dies following a battle with cancer

In 2014, the band's website announced that Revere had died "peacefully" at his Garden Valley, Idaho home, a "small estate overlooking a tranquil river canyon", after a battle with cancer. He was 76 years old. Tom Petty performed "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone", dedicating it to Paul Revere, acknowledging his passing that week.


F1 legend Michael Schumacher retires

The 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race that took place at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2012. The race marked the last race for Michael Schumacher, after he announced his retirement for the second time. It was also the last race for HRT, as they collapsed before the start of 2013.

Michael Morton is released from prison

Michael Morton is an American who was wrongfully convicted in 1987 in a Williamson County, Texas court of the 1986 murder of his wife Christine Morton. He spent nearly 25 years in prison before he was exonerated by DNA evidence which supported his claim of innocence and pointed to the crime being committed by another individual.


FIFA bans Nigeria from international competition

Nigeria was indefinitely banned from international football due to government interference following the 2010 World Cup. Four days later, however, the ban was "provisionally lifted" until the end of October, the day after the officially unrecognized National Association of Nigerian Footballers dropped its court case against the NFF.

WikiLeaks is launched by Julian Assange

WikiLeaks is an international non-profit organization that publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media provided by anonymous sources. Its website, initiated in 2006 in Iceland by the organization Sunshine Press, claims a database of 10 million documents in 10 years since its launch. Julian Assange, an Australian Internet activist, is generally described as its founder and director.

SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight

SpaceShipOne is an experimental air-launched rocket-powered aircraft. It's capable to gain speed of up to 900 m/s, using a hybrid rocket motor. As it won the US$10 million prize, it was immediately retired from active service. Its mother ship was named "White King".

Bank robbery of $17.3 million

The robbery occurred in a cash-handling company Loomis, Fargo & Co. in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was executed by vault supervisor David Scott Ghantt, his girlfriend Kelly Campbell), Steve Chambers, his wife Michelle Chambers, Michael Gobbies and four other co-conspirators, who were later arrested by FBI.

A cargo plane crashes into an apartment building

A jumbo jet El Al Flight 1862 crashed into two blocks of flats in a crowded working-class suburb of Amsterdam, killing four occupants of the aircraft and 39 people on the ground. A memorial was built near the crash site with the names of the victims.

"Beverly Hills 90210" first airs on Fox

Beverly Hills, 90210 is an American teen drama television series created by Darren Star and produced by Aaron Spelling. The series follows a group of friends as they transition from high school to college and into the adult world. The show became a great success and global pop culture phenomenon.

American actress Dakota Johnson is born

Dakota Mayi Johnson is an American actress and model. She is the daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. She had her screen debut alongside her mother in the comedy-drama Crazy in Alabama and was named Miss Golden Globe in 2006. In 2015, her role of Anastasia Steele in the romantic drama Fifty Shades of Grey catapulted her to fame.


Czech footballer Tomáš Rosický is born

Tomáš Rosický is a Czech former professional footballer who currently plays for Sparta Prague. Before he played for Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal. He totally spent 10 seasons in the Premier League. Rosický took part in 4 UEFA European Championships and 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Irish actress Caitriona Balfe is born

Caitriona Balfe is an Irish actress and model. She is best known for her role as Claire Fraser in the Starz series Outlander, for which she won two People's Choice Awards and two Saturn Awards, and received two nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama.

Singer Janis Joplin dies

The official cause of death was a heroin overdose, possibly compounded by alcohol. John Cooke believes Joplin had been given heroin that was much more potent than normal, as several of her dealer's other customers also overdosed that week. Her death was ruled as accidental.

The Beatles go to #1 on the UK chart with "Abbey Road"

Although Abbey Road was an immediate commercial success and reached  No. 1 in the UK and US, it initially received mixed reviews, some critics describing its music as inauthentic and bemoaning the production's artificial effects. Many critics now view the album as the Beatles' best and rank it as one of the greatest albums of all time.

Pope visits the US for the first time in history

Pope Paul VI was the first reigning Pope to visit the United States. He met with the President Lyndon B. Johnson in the New York City and wanted to address the United Nations and promote peace, especially as conflict between India and Pakistan was heating up.

Hurricane Flora kills 6,000 in Cuba and Haiti

Hurricane Flora belongs to the deadliest Atlantic hurricanes in history. Flora developed from a disturbance in the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone. It reached maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour in the Caribbean. Flora totally led to death of over 6,000 people.

Scottish singer Lena Zavaroni is born

Lena Hilda Zavaroni was a Scottish singer and a television show host. At ten years of age, with her album Ma! (He's Making Eyes At Me), she was the youngest person in history to have an album in the top ten of the UK Albums Chart. Later in life, she hosted television shows and appeared on stage.

The Tornadoes are at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Telstar" is 1962 instrumental written and produced by Joe Meek for the English band the Tornados. The track reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and was also a number one hit in the UK Singles Chart. It was the second instrumental single to hit No. 1 in 1962 on both the US and UK weekly charts.

Singer Jon Secada is born

Jon Secada is a Cuban American singer and songwriter. Secada was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Hialeah, Florida. He has won three Grammy Awards and sold 20 million albums since his English-language debut album in 1992. Secada also has worked as a songwriter for Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan.

"A Taste of Honey" opens on Broadway

The play opened on Broadway at New York City’s Lyceum Theatre. Delaney’s play opened to mixed reviews. In many cases, her characters were praised for their honest, realistic voices. The play was also singled out for its accurate depictions of working-class lives.

Musician Chris Lowe is born

Christopher Sean Lowe is an English musician, singer, songwriter and co-founder of the synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys which he formed with Neil Tennant in 1981. Lowe generally performs as the Pet Shop Boys' keyboardist; he occasionally provides spoken-word vocals. On the song "I Want A Lover" Lowe played trombone, which he studied at school.

The first trans-Atlantic jet passenger service

The British Overseas Airways Corporation flew the first jet airliner service using the de Havilland Comet, when G-APDC initiated the first transatlantic Comet 4 service and the first scheduled transatlantic passenger jet service in history, flying from London to New York with a stopover at Gander.

Space age begins

Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, first artificial satellite in history. It was a metal sphere, 58 centimetres in diameter, with four long radio antennas. It was visible by naked eye and broadcasted radio pulses detectable by amateur radio enthusiasts. People organized parties to spot Sputnik. It worked 21 days and completed 1440 orbits.


Los Angeles Dodgers win their first World Series title

The Los Angeles Dodgers are an American professional baseball team and they have won six World Series titles and 21 National League pennants. The Dodgers achieved their first World Series title by defeating their great rival, the Yankees, for the first time.

Founder of quantum theory dies

Max Planck was a famous German theoretical physicist. He suggested that electromagnetic radiation could be emitted only in small chunks, called energy quanta. This suggestion caused the revolution in physics and gave birth to a quantum theory which describes the world of atoms and subatomic particles.

American actress Susan Sarandon is born

Susan Abigail Tomalin, better known as Susan Sarandon is an American actress and activist. She has received an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and has been nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards and nine Golden Globe Awards.

Esquire magazine is published for the first time

Esquire is an American men's magazine, which was founded at the times of the Great Depression under the guidance of founders Arnold Gingrich, David A. Smart and Henry L. Jackson. Gingrich was involved in publishing, Smart took control over the business side and Jackson edited the fashion section.

The woman who knew too much is born

Birth of English epidemiologist Alice Stewart. She specialized in the effects of radiation on health. She discovered a link between X-ray during pregnancy and childhood leukemia. Later she worked with the employees of first plutonium production facility in Hanford, Washington, and proved that even low radiation doses can cause cancer.

Buster Keaton is born

Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton was an American actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer. He was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was a physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression, earning him the nickname "The Great Stone Face". Keaton was recognized as the 7th-greatest film director by Entertainment Weekly.

Orient Express departs on its first official journey

The Orient Express was a long-distance passenger train service. Although the original intention was to offer a normal international railway service, its name became synonymous with luxury and comfort. The two cities mostly associated with the Orient Express are Paris and Istanbul.

The Ottoman Empire declares war on Russia

The Crimean War was a military conflict during 1853-1856, in which Russian Empire lost to an alliance of the Ottoman Empire, France, Britain and Sardinia. The cause involved the decline of the Ottoman Empire and the unwillingness of Britain and France to allow Russia to gain territory at Ottoman expense.

First wearable gadget

Dutch mathematician and scientist Christiaan Huygens patented a pocket watch. Pocket watches have been very popular for more than two and half centuries. Usually, they had attached a chain which allowed them to be secured to a jacket. After the World War I, most people started to use wrist watches.

The first English Bible comes off the press

Myles Coverdale was an English ecclesiastical reformer chiefly known as a Bible translator, preacher and, briefly, Bishop of Exeter. In 1535 Coverdale produced the first complete printed translation of the Bible into English. His theological development is a paradigm of the progress of the English Reformation from 1530 to 1552.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 1970

Janis Joplin