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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.


Hector Macho Camacho dies

A passing gunman shot Camacho, who was in a car in front of a bar in his hometown of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He was declared clinically brain dead and placed on life support. Camacho, 50, suffered a heart attack and had been taken off life support. The former lightweight and junior lightweight champion was in the passenger seat of the car, police said. The driver was shot twice and killed, they said.

UK pubs are alowed to open 24 hours

More than 1,000 pubs, clubs, and supermarkets have been granted 24-hour licenses to sell alcohol, according to government figures. Around 40% of premises applied to vary their licenses by either extending their opening by an hour or two or by offering late food and entertainment.

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.

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."

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.

Diego Rivera dies at 70

Diego Rivera was a prominent Mexican painter. His large frescoes helped establish the Mexican mural movement in Mexican art. Between 1922 and 1953, Rivera painted murals among others in Mexico City, Chapingo, Cuernavaca, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York City.

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.

Climate science pioneer is born

Indian climatologist Veerabhadran Ramanathan is one of the key figures in the research of current climate change. He was one of the pioneers of mathematical modeling of the circulation in the whole atmosphere. Ramanathan also discovered the Asian brown cloud, a layer of air pollution that recurrently covers South Asia.

Native American nuclear physicist is born

American nuclear physicist Herbert York was part-Mohawk. He worked on the separation of uranium 235 as part of the Manhattan Project. Later he became an expert on nuclear security and worked for several U. S. government agencies. York was also the chief negotiator for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty from 1981.

Scott Joplin is born

Scott Joplin was an African-American composer and pianist. Joplin achieved fame for his ragtime compositions and was dubbed the "King of Ragtime". During his brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas.

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

born 1990

Sarah Hyland

born 1935

Salim Khan