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Ariana Grande is at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Thank U, Next'

"Thank U, Next" is a song by American singer Ariana Grande, released as the lead single from her fifth studio album of the same name. The song was released without any prior official announcement or promotion. The track was written by Grande, Tayla Parx and Victoria Monét, along with its producers Tommy Brown, Charles Anderson and Michael Foster.

Sinai mosque attack

The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed was targeted during Friday prayers. It is the deadliest attack of its kind since an Islamist insurgency in the peninsula was stepped up in 2013. Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi vowed to respond with "brute force".

Turkey shots down a Russian fighter jet

Both Russia and Turkey say the Russian Su-24, an all-weather attack aircraft, was shot down by Turkish F-16s in the Turkey-Syria border area. President Putin said the plane, was flying at an altitude of 6,000m when it was hit by an air-to-air missile. The plane crashed in the mountainous Jabal Turkmen area of the Syrian province of Latakia, which is contested by the Syrian government and rebel forces.


Sebastian Vettel wins his 9th straight GP victory

Sebastian Vettel's emphatic victory in Canada brought the 4-time world champion into an exclusive club when it comes to Formula 1 race winners - drivers who have won 50 Grands Prix. Although Vettel won his first Grand Prix at the then-record young age of 21 and was incredibly a 5-time champion by the age of 26, the now 30-year-old has actually taken slightly longer than any of the three other drivers to reach the 50-win landmark.

Hugh Laurie announces he will be retiring from television after 30 years

English actor, director and musician most notably known for portrayal of the title character of Fox's series House Hugh Laurie announced he will be leaving his acting career. He stated that there will not be another role like the one he had in House. Laurie however said that he would be still interested in writing, producing or directing.


Luis Suarez receives his first ban for biting

Suárez bit PSV's Otman Bakkal on the shoulder during a 0–0 draw. Ajax suspended him for two matches and fined him an undisclosed amount, which the club said they would donate to a "good cause". The KNVB increased Suárez's suspension to seven league matches. Suárez apologised for his actions through a video he uploaded to his Facebook page.

The youngest convicted murderers in modern history

Robert Thompson and Jon Venables were only 10 years old when they became the youngest murderers in 250 years. Little James was led away by the depraved duo while his mother was in a butcher's shop at the busy shopping center. A picture taken from CCTV footage shows the tot being taken by the hand in what would become one of the defining images of the shocking case. The killers walked James for two and half miles and were spotted by 38 people – some of whom challenged the pair.

Robin Williams’s comedy 'Mrs. Doubtfire' debuts

Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus. It was written for the screen by Randi Mayem Singer and Leslie Dixon, based on the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. Robin Williams, who also served as a co-producer, stars with Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein, and Robert Prosky.

Queen singer Freddie Mercury dies

Freddie Mercury died at his home in Kensington. The official cause of death was bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS. His funeral service was conducted by a Zoroastrian priest and attended by his family and 35 of his close friends, including the remaining members of Queen and Elton John.

Pratchett's 'The Colour of Magic' is published

The Colour of Magic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett and is the first book of the Discworld series. The first printing of the British edition consisted of 506 copies. Pratchett has described it as "an attempt to do for the classical fantasy universe what Blazing Saddles did for Westerns."


Former Manchester United star George Best debuts

Best caused a stir when he returned to the UK to play for Hibernian. The club was suffering a decline in fortunes and was heading for relegation from the Premier Division, before Best was signed on a "pay per play" basis after the club chairman, Tom Hart, received a tip-off from an Edinburgh Evening News reporter that he was available.

American actress Katherine Heigl is born

Katherine Heigl started her career as a child model with Wilhelmina Models. In 1992, she made her film debut in That Night. From 2005 to 2010, she starred as Isobel Stevens on the television series Grey's Anatomy. She is married to singer Josh Kelley, with whom she has one son and two adopted daughters.

Apollo 12 splashdown

Second American mission to the Moon ended. Command module of the Apollo 12 spacecraft splashed into the Pacific Ocean 800 kilometers east of African Samoa. There was a minor accident during splashdown. A 16 mm camera dislodged from storage and struck Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean in the head. He was briefly unconscious.

400 die of respiratory failure & heart attacks in NYC

The 1966 New York City smog was an air-pollution event, with damaging levels of carbon. Health officials advised people with respiratory or heart conditions to remain indoors. .An analysis could not account for damage during the smog that would remain latent and continue to cause disease and death for years.

Drummer Clem Burke is born

During the 1980s and 1990s, when Blondie was disbanded, Clem Burke played drums for the Romantics, Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan, Eurythmics, Dramarama, the Fleshtones, Iggy Pop, and Joan Jett, among others. Burke is included on the Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time list.

Steinbeck's novel 'Pearl' is published

The Pearl is a novella by American author John Steinbeck. This story is about a poor family which is more likely described as native Americans, who discovers an enormous and valuable pearl. The novella explores man's nature as well as greed, defiance of societal norms, and evil.

Darwin publishes the most influential book in biology

English naturalist Charles Darwin published his book On the Origin of Species. The book described the evolutionary theory. Darwin worked on his theory for more than 20 years. He included evidence from his voyage aboard HMS Beagle from 1831 to 1836 in the book. He was afraid of religious persecution, which delayed the publication.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1946

Ted Bundy

died 1943

Doris Miller