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"Butcher of Bosnia" is convicted of genocide

Mladić was sentenced to life in prison by the ICTY for 10 charges, one of genocide, 5 of crimes against humanity and 4 of violations of the laws or customs of war. He was cleared of one count of genocide. As the top military officer with command responsibility, Mladić was deemed by the ICTY to be responsible for the Siege of Sarajevo and the Srebrenica massacre.

Uber admits hackers stole personal information

It was revealed that a data breach, which occurred in 2016, disclosed personal information on about 600,000 drivers and 57 million customers, including license information of drivers, and names, email addresses, and phone numbers. Uber paid a $100,000 ransom to the hackers on the promise they would delete the stolen data. The company was subsequently criticized for concealing the loss of data. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi apologized.

Shusterman's 'Scythe' is published

Scythe is a young-adult novel by Neal Shusterman and is the first in the Arc of a Scythe series. It is set in the far future, where death by natural causes has been virtually eliminated thanks to advances in technology and an advanced computer system is known as "the Thunderhead" controls society. The Scythes are an independent organization tasked with deciding who must die as overpopulation has remained a problem.


Lionel Messi breaks Barcelona’s La Liga goal-scoring record

Lionel Messi regained his best form during the 2014–15 campaign, breaking the all-time goalscoring records in both La Liga and the Champions League in 2014, and leading Barcelona to a historic second treble.

Ashlee Simpson divorces Pete Wentz

Simpson filed for divorce from Wentz, citing irreconcilable differences, and asked that her maiden name restored. The former couple released a joint statement following the announcement, stating "We remain friends and deeply committed and loving parents to our son the Bronx, whose happiness and well-being remains our number one priority."

The 37th American Music Awards are held

The 37th American Music Awards were held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. For the 1st time, there was no host of the event. The most successful artists were Taylor Swift, who won five awards, and Jay-Z and The Black Eyed Peas, who won two. Michael Jackson's brother accepted his awards on his behalf.


Tottenham score their highest Premier League victory

Spurs' biggest top-flight victory came against Wigan Athletic in 2009, when they won 9–1 with Jermain Defoe scoring five goals. The club's record defeat is an 8–0 loss to 1. FC Köln in the Intertoto Cup in 1995.

Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany

Angela Merkel was nominated by the CDU/CSU party. The German federal election resulted in the CDU/CSU forming a grand coalition with the SPD. Merkel stated that her government will mainly attempt to reduce unemployment.

Microsoft releases the Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 is a home video game console developed by Microsoft. As the successor to the original Xbox, it is the second console in the Xbox series. The Xbox 360 was released in November in the United States and Canada. In its first year on the market, the system launched in 36 countries.

The 33rd American Music Awards are held

The 37th American Music Awards were hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. The most successful artists were Green Day, Destiny's Child, Tim McGraw, and The Black Eyed Peas, who won two awards. Sugarland was awarded as New Artist of the Year.

The Orange Revolution begins in Ukraine

The Orange Revolution took place after the Ukrainian presidential election, which was accompanied by a massive corruption and electoral fraud. Across the nation, the revolution included a series of acts of civil disobedience and general strikes.

Whitney Houston is #1 with 'I Will Always Love You'

I Will Always Love You is a song originally written and recorded by an American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. Her country version of the track was released 4 as a single. Whitney Houston recorded her version of the song for the movie The Bodyguard. Her single spent 14 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Margaret Thatcher resigns

After Michael Heseltine launched a challenge to the leadership of Margaret Thatcher, her Cabinet persuaded her to withdraw. Thatcher's resignation was a surprise to many foreign statesmen, including Henry Kissinger and Mikhail Gorbachev. As Prime Minister, she was replaced by John Major.


The youngest Heavyweight champion in boxing history

Just 20-year-old Mike Tyson was awarded the victory against a Jamaican boxer Trevor Berbick via technical knockout in the second round. After this match, Tyson gained a great popularity and continued in a successfully started career.

Concorde starts scheduled service from Europe to the USA

Concorde is a British-French turbojet-powered supersonic passenger jet airliner that was operated until 2003. It was banned in New York in order to prevent sonic boom disturbance on populated areas. The ban came to an end in October when the Supreme Court of the United States declined to overturn a lower court's ruling.

Isolation of a single gene is announced

Americans Jon Beckwith and James Shapiro isolated the first gene ever. The gene belonged to the Escherichia coli bacterium. The first gene itself was actually an operon – several genes transcripted from DNA into one piece of RNA. This concrete operon is called lac operon. E. coli use it to digest sugars in milk.

The Beatles release 'The White Album'

The White Album is the ninth studio album by the Beatles. Its plain white cover has no graphics or text other than the band's name embossed, which was intended as a contrast to the colorful cover of the Beatles' previous album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The first interracial TV kiss

In the "Plato's Stepchildren" episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, Uhura and Captain Kirk kiss. The episode is popularly cited as the first example of a scripted interracial kiss on United States TV, although other previous instances have since come to light.

American President John F. Kennedy is assassinated

John Kennedy, the 35th President of the US, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, while riding in a presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza. Kennedy was riding with his wife Jacqueline, Texas Governor John Connally, and Connally's wife Nellie when he was fatally shot by former U.S. Marine Lee Harvey Oswald firing in ambush from a nearby building.

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel appear as Tom and Jerry

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel met as children. Under the name Tom & Jerry, they had their first minor success with Hey Schoolgirl, a song imitating their idols The Everly Brothers. The song attracted regular rotation on nationwide AM pop stations, leading it to sell over 100,000 copies.


The XVI Summer Olympic Games open in Melbourne, Australia

The 1956 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVI Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event that was held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, with the exception of the equestrian events, which were held in Stockholm, Sweden, in June 1956. These Games were the first to be staged in the Southern Hemisphere and Oceania, as well as the first to be held outside Europe and North America. Melbourne is the most southerly city ever to host the Olympics.

The first transpacific mail flights

Four-engine flying boat China Clipper took off from Alameda, California. She carried 110,000 pieces of mail to Manila, Philippines. She traveled through Honolulu, Midway Island, Wake Island, and Guam and landed in her destination seven days later. It was a first transatlantic airmail service in history.


Professional ice hockey team Toronto Maple Leafs is founded

When founded, the club was operating simply as Toronto and known then as the Toronto Arenas. Under new ownership, the club was renamed the Toronto St. Patricks in 1919. In 1927 the club was purchased by Conn Smythe and renamed the Maple Leafs. A member of the "Original Six", the club was one of 6 NHL teams to have endured through the period of League retrenchment during the Great Depression.

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