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Mogadishu bombing

A truck full of explosives detonated in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu. The explosion killed 587 people and injured 316 more. Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack, but officials stated that a key member of the cell that carried it out told them Al-Shabaab was responsible.

Nepal snowstorm disaster

The 2014 Nepal snowstorm disaster occurred in central Nepal and resulted in the deaths of at least 43 people of various nationalities, including at least 21 trekkers. Injuries and fatalities resulted from unusually severe snowstorms and avalanches on and around the mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

Felix Baumgartner jumps from over 128, 000 ft

Felix Baumgartner is best known for jumping to Earth from a helium balloon in the stratosphere. Doing so, he set world records for skydiving an estimated 39 km (24 mi), reaching an estimated top speed of 1,357.64 km/h (843.6 mph), or Mach 1.25. He became the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power relative to the surface on his descent.


John Terry makes an unusual appearance in goal

In a match in October 2006 against Reading, Terry had to take over in goal for Chelsea in the final minutes of the match after goalkeepers Petr Čech and Carlo Cudicini were injured and Chelsea had no substitutes remaining. Terry kept a clean sheet as Chelsea held out to win 1–0.

'Team America: World Police' premieres at the Denver Film Festival

Team America: World Police is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Trey Parker and written by Parker, Matt Stone and Pam Brady, all of whom are also known for the popular animated television series South Park. The film is a satire of big-budget action films and their associated clichés and stereotypes.


Steve Bartman incident

During a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Florida Marlins, spectator Steve Bartman disrupted the game by intercepting a potential catch. In the aftermath of the incident, Bartman had to be placed under police protection for a time when his name and address were made public on MLB message boards.

The 1st act in chart history sells 7M copies of 2 consecutive LPs

Pyromania is the third studio album by English rock band Def Leppard. The album was a shift away from the band's traditional heavy metal roots toward more radio-friendly glam metal and hard rock, finding massive mainstream success. Hysteria is their fourth, longest album and best-selling album to date. It is the last album to feature guitarist Steve Clark before his death.


NHL's greatest scorer Wayne Gretzky scores his first NHL goal

Wayne Gretzky is the leading scorer in the NHL history, with more goals and assists than any other player. At the time he retired, he held 61 NHL records. Although he was originally seen as too small to be a force in the league, in his first year, Gretzky won the Hart trophy for the league's most valuable player.

Thammasat student uprising

The popular uprising of 1973 was a watershed event in Thailand's history. The uprising resulted in the end of the ruling military dictatorship of anti-communist Thanom Kittikachorn and altered the Thai political system. Notably, it highlighted the growing influence of Thai university students in politics.

Michael Jackson goes to #1 on the US singles chart

"Ben" is a song written by Don Black and composed by Walter Scharf for the 1972 film of the same name. It was performed in the film by Lee Montgomery and by Michael Jackson over the closing credits. Jackson's single, recorded for the Motown label in 1972, spent one week at the top of the U.S. pop chart.

Meckering earthquake

The Western Australian town of Meckering was struck by an earthquake in 1968. The earthquake occurred with a moment magnitude of 6.5 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX. Total damage amounted to $2.2 million with 20–28 injured. The effect of the earthquake involved structures in Perth, the capital of Western Australia 130 km west of Meckering.

Montreal begins the operation of its underground Metro

The Metro, operated by the Société de transport de Montréal, was inaugurated in 1966, during the tenure of Mayor Jean Drapeau. It has expanded since the 1960s from 26 stations on three separate lines to 68 stations on four lines totalling 69.2 kilometres in length.

Khrushchev is deposed after 10 years in power

Nikita Khrushchev was removed by his party colleagues who replaced him with Leonid Brezhnev as First Secretary and Alexei Kosygin as Premier. After the removal, he was granted a pension of 500 rubles per month, which was later reduced to 400. As he lost his power, he started to suffer from depression.

Martin Luther King, Jr. receives the Nobel Peace Prize

Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. He was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement, where he acted based on his Christian beliefs. In the March on Washington, King delivered his popular I Have a Dream speech.

The Cuban Missile Crisis begins

The Cuban Missile Crisis was a 13 days long confrontation between the U.S. and the USSR. In a response to American ballistic missile deployment in Italy and Turkey, the USSR placed ballistic missile in Cuba. This confrontation is commonly considered the closest to escalate into a full-scale nuclear war during the Cold War.

Bobby Darin is at #1 on the US and the UK singles chart

"Mack the Knife" was introduced to the United States hit parade by Louis Armstrong, but the song is most closely associated with Bobby Darin. Even though Darin was reluctant to release the song as a single, in 1959 it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and earned him a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

The Everly Brothers have their first #1 on the US singles chart

The song is best known in a recording by The Everly Brothers, issued by Cadence Records as catalog number 1337. The Everly Brothers record reached No. 1 on the Billboard Pop chart and the Cash Box Best Selling Records chart, despite having been banned from Boston radio stations for lyrics that, at the time, were considered suggestive.

The most devastating flood in the history of Valencia

The 1957 Valencia flood was a natural disaster that occurred in Valencia, Spain. The flood resulted in significant damage to property and caused the deaths of at least 81 people. In response to the tragedy, the Spanish government devised and enacted the Plan Sur, which rerouted the city's main river, the Turia.

Supersonic flight

Supersonic travel is a rate of travel of an object that exceeds the speed of sound (Mach 1). For objects traveling in dry air of a temperature of 20 °C (68 °F) at sea level, this speed is approximately 343 m/s, 1,125 ft/s, 768 mph, 667 knots, or 1,235 km/h. Speeds greater than five times the speed of sound (Mach 5) are often referred to as hypersonic. Flights during which only some parts of the air surrounding an object, such as the ends of rotor blades, reach supersonic speeds are called transonic. This occurs typically somewhere between Mach 0.8 and Mach 1.23.

'Winnie-the-Pooh' is first published

Winnie-the-Pooh is the first volume of stories about Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne. It is followed by The House at Pooh Corner. The book focuses on the adventures of a teddy bear called Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends Piglet, a small toy pig; Eeyore, a toy donkey; Owl, a live owl; and Rabbit, a live rabbit.

Over 200 miners die in a coal-mine explosion in Wales

The Senghenydd explosion is the worst mining accident in the United Kingdom. Some of the coal seams in the South Wales Coalfield region contained high amount of firedamp, which is a highly explosive gas consisting of methane and hydrogen and thus were vulnerable to explosions.

Theodore Roosevelt is shot in Milwaukee

While Theodore Roosevelt was campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, John Schrank attempted to assassinate him. Schrank shot Roosevelt but the bullet hit both his steel eyeglass case and a 50-page copy of his speech he was carrying. Roosevelt delivered his scheduled speech and he spoke for ninety minutes.

The steam ship SS Mohegan sinks

The SS Mohegan was a steamer which sank off the coast of the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, on her second voyage. She hit The Manacles in 1898 with the loss of 106 out of 197 on board.

'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' is published

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. The individual stories had been serialised in The Strand Magazine. The stories are not in chronological order, and the only characters common to all twelve are Holmes and Dr. Watson.

Louis Le Prince films first motion picture 'Roundhay Garden Scene'

Roundhay Garden Scene is an 1888 short silent actuality film recorded by French inventor Louis Le Prince. Shot at Oakwood Grange in Roundhay, Leeds in the north of England, it is believed to be the oldest surviving film in existence, as noted by the Guinness Book of Records.

Roll film is patented

American inventor and businessman George Eastman patented paper-strip photographic film. His invention made photography available to the masses. It also enabled the development of motion picture film and cinematography. Four years later Eastman founded the Eastman Kodak Company, referred simply as Kodak.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1973

George Floyd

died 1944

Erwin Rommel

born 1983

David Oakes