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1940–Singer, Tony Sheridan, is born in Norwich, Norfolk, England. The Beatles recorded with him in Hamburg, Germany, under the direction of Bert Kaempfert, before they became the most famous rock and roll band on history. The sessions produced Sheridan's My Bonnie and The Saints, and The Beatles' Ain't She Sweet and Cry for a Shadow, plus three other songs.



BC 120–Aurelia Cotta, mother of Gaius Julius Caesar, is born. Highly intelligent, independent, and renowned for her beauty and common sense, Aurelia was held in high regard throughout Rome.

293–Roman Emperors, Diocletian and Maximian, appoint Galerius as Caesar to Diocletian, beginning the period of four rulers known as the Tetrarchy.

878–Syracuse, Sicily, is captured by the Muslim Aghlabids after a nine-month siege.

879–Pope John VIII gives blessings to Branimir of Croatia, and to the Croatian people, considered to be international recognition of the Croatian state.

987–Louis V of France dies from a fall while hunting in the Forest of Halatte near the town of Senlis, Oise, France, at age 21.

996–Sixteen-year-old Otto III is crowned Holy Roman Emperor.

1085–The Swedish town of Helsingborg is founded.

1254–Conrad IV of Germany dies of malaria in Lavello, Basilicata, at age 26. He was Duke of Swabia, King of Jerusalem, King of Germany, King of Italy, and of King of Sicily. Conrad's death began the Interregnum, during which no ruler managed to gain undisputed control of Germany, and no one was crowned Emperor. The Interregnum ended in 1273, with the election of Rudolph of Habsburg as King of the Romans.

1349–Dusan’s Code, the constitution of the Serbian Empire, is enacted by Dusan the Mighty.

1403–Henry III of Castile sends Ruy González de Clavijo as ambassador to Timur to discuss the possibility of an alliance between Timur and Castile against the Ottoman Empire.

1471–King Henry VI is murdered in the Tower of London during England's Wars of the Roses, at age 49. Edward IV ascends to the throne.

1471–Painter, printmaker, and mathematician, Albrecht Dürer, is born in Nuremberg, Germany. His superior woodcuts would establish his reputation while he is still a very young man. Dürer is widely held as the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance. His vast works include altarpieces and other religious works, portraits and self-portraits, and copper engravings.

1481–Christian I of Denmark dies at Copenhagen Castle on Slotsholmen in Copenhagen, Denmark, at age 55.

1502–The island of Saint Helena is discovered by Portuguese explorer, João da Nova.

1554–Queen Mary I grants a Royal Charter to Derby School, as a grammar school for boys in Derby, England.

1512–Italian ruler, Pandolfo Petrucci, dies in San Quirico d'Orcia, Italy, at age 60.

1527–Philip II of Spain is born at Palacio de Pimentel, Valladolid, Spain. Known in Spain as "Philip the Prudent," his empire included territories on every continent then known to Europeans, including his namesake the Philippine Islands. During his reign, Spain reached the height of its influence and power and this is sometimes called it “Golden Age.”

1602–Martha's Vineyard is first sighted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold.

1653–Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Poland, is born Eleonor Maria Josefa in Regensburg, Germany. She was the daughter of Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor, and Eleanor of Mantua.

1659–In the Concert of The Hague, the Dutch Republic, the Commonwealth of England, and the Kingdom of France set out their views on how the Second Northern War should end.

1660–Adam Dollard des Ormeaux and his caravan suffer a defeat by the Iroquois at Long Sault.

1664–English settler in Plymouth Colony, Elizabeth Poole, dies at age 65. She founded Taunton, Massachusetts. She was the first woman known to have founded a town in the Americas.

1674–The nobility elect John Sobieski King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.

1688–Poet, Alexander Pope, is born in London, England. The first English poet to make his living from writing, he was known as the chief poet of his day by the time he was 30 years old, for having composed the verse masterpiece “The Rape of the Lock.” Later he issued translations of “Homer's Illiad” and “Odyssey,” which sold so well they supported him for the rest of his life.

1719–Mystic and philosopher, Pierre Poiret, dies in Rijnsburg, South Holland, the Netherlands, at age 73. He published a large number of mystical writings both from the Middle Ages and from the French Pietists of the 17th century.

1725–The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky is instituted in Russia by Empress Catherine I.

1758–Ten-year-old Mary Campbell is abducted in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War. She is returned six and a half years later.

1792–Mount Unzen erupts, near the city of Shimabara, Nagasaki, on the island of Kyushu, Japan's southernmost main island, creating the deadliest Megatsunami that kills 14,524 people.

1804–The Lewis & Clark Expedition begins.

1809–The first day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling, between the Austrian army led by Archduke Charles and the French army led by Napoleon I of France, sees the French attack across the Danube held.

1819–Bicycles are first seen in the U.S. in New York City. They are originally known as “swift walkers.”

1832–The first Democratic National Convention is held in Baltimore, Maryland.

1851–Slavery is abolished in Colombia, South America.

1856–Lawrence, Kansas, is captured and burned by pro-slavery forces.

1861–North Carolina is the 10th state to secede from the Union.

1863–The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan, is founded.

1864–Russia declares an end to the Russo-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile.

1864–The Ionian Islands reunite with Greece.

1865–Archaeologist, C.J. Thomsen, is born in Denmark. He named the Stone, Iron, and Bronze Ages.

1867–Ethnologist, Frances Densmore, is born in Red Wing, Minnesota. She devoted 60 years of her life to traveling from village to village recording the songs of Sioux Indians.

1870–William C. Coleman is born in Chatham, New York. He was the founder of the Coleman Company, manufacturer of lanterns and other camping equipment.

1871–French troops invade the Paris Commune and engage its residents in street fighting. By the close of "Bloody Week," 20,000 communards are killed and 38,000 others are arrested.

1871–The opening of the first rack railway in Europe, the Rigi-Bahnen on Mount Rigi, takes place.

1878–The 4th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Carter, riding Day Star, wins in 2:37.

1879–Two Chilean ships blocking the harbor of Iquique (then belonging to Peru) battle two Peruvian vessels in the Battle of Iquique.

1881–The American Red Cross is founded by Clara Barton.

1887–British architect, Sir Horace Jones, dies during the initial stages of construction of his final legacy, The London Tower Bridge. The Tower Bridge would become one of the most recognized buildings in the world.

1894–The Manchester Ship Canal in the United Kingdom is officially opened by Queen Victoria, who later knights its designer, Sir Edward Leader Williams.

1896–The temperature soars to 124 degrees at Salton, California.

1898–Millionaire industrialist, Armand Hammer, is born in New York, New York. He founded Occidental Petroleum. He was also known for his art collection, his philanthropy, and for his close ties to the Soviet Union.

1901–Orchestra leader, Horace Heidt, is born in Alameda, California. His band, Horace Heidt and His Musical Knights, toured vaudeville and performed on radio and television during the 1930s and 1940s.

1904–Federation Internationale de Football Association (Soccer) forms in Paris, France.

1904–Actor, Robert Montgomery, is born Henry Montgomery, Jr. in Fishkill Landing, New York (present-day Beacon, New York). He was the host the TV series Robert Mongomery Presents for seven seasons. He appeared in the films The Divorcee, The Big House, Private Lives, Night Fright, Riptide, Night Must Fall, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Rage in Heaven, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, They Were Expendable, and Lady in the Lake. His daughter was actress, Elizabeth Mongomery.

1904–Blues artist, Fats Waller, is born Thomas Wright in New York, New York. His innovations in the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano. He wrote Ain't Misbehavin'.

1907–Roller coaster designer, John C. Allen, is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was responsible for the revival of wooden roller coasters, which began in the 1970s. Some of his surviving roller coasters are: Tornado, Starliner, Blue Streak, Cannon Ball, Zingo, Great American Scream Machine, and The Racer.

1911–President of Mexico, Porfirio Díaz, and the revolutionary Francisco Madero, sign the Treaty of Ciudad Juárez to put an end to the fighting between the forces of both men, concluding the initial phase of the Mexican Revolution.

1914–The Greyhound Bus Company is established in Minnesota.

1916–Singer, Dennis Day, is born Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty in New York, New York. He is best known for his appearances on The Jack Benny Program and his own TV series The Dennis Day Show.

1916–Novelist, Harold Robbins, is born Harold Rubin in New York, New York. He later claimed to be a Jewish orphan who had been raised in a Catholic boys' home, whereas in reality he was the son of well-educated Russian- and Polish-Jewish immigrants. He wrote A Stone for Danny Fisher, The Moneychangers, The Carpetbaggers, Where Love Has Gone, and The Betsy.

1917–The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is established through royal charter to mark, record, and maintain the graves and places of commemoration of Commonwealth of Nations military forces.

1917–The Great Atlanta fire of 1917 causes $5.5 million in damages, destroying 300 acres, including 2,000 homes, businesses, and churches. Around 10,000 people are displaced, but one person dies (due to heart attack).

1917–Actor, Raymond Burr, is born Raymond William Stacy Burr in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. He starred in two TV series: Perry Mason and Ironsides. He appeared in the films I Love Trouble, Ruthless, Pitfall, Walk a Crooked Mile, Black Magic, Abandoned, Love Happy, A Place in the Sun, Meet Danny Wilson, The Blue Gardenia, Gorilla at Large, Rear Window, and Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

1920–Venustiano Carranza, President of Mexico (1915-1920), is murdered at age 60.

1921–The first radio station west of the Mississippi River is licensed in Greeley, Colorado.

1921–Andrei (Dmitrievich) Sakharov is born in Moscow, Russia. He was a nuclear physicist, Soviet dissident, an activist for disarmament, peace, and human rights. The Sakharov Prize, which is awarded annually by the European Parliament for people and organizations dedicated to human rights and freedoms, is named in his honor.

1922–The Pulitzer Prizes are awarded. Reporting: Kirke L. Simpson, of the Associated Press, for articles on the burial of “The Unknown Soldier”; Fiction: Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington (Doubleday); Drama: Anna Christie by Eugene O'Neill; History: The Founding of New England by James Truslow Adams (Little); Biography or Autobiography: A Daughter of the Middle Border by Hamlin Garland (Macmillan); Poetry: Collected Poems by Edwin Arlington Robinson (Macmillan).

1924–University of Chicago students, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, Jr., murder 14-year-old Bobby Franks in a “thrill killing.”

1924–Actress-comedienne, Peggy Cass, is born Mary Margaret Cass in Boston, Massachusetts. She appeared in the films The Marrying Kind, Auntie Mame, Gidget Goes Hawaiian, If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, Age of Consent, and Paddy.

1926–Music manager, Albert Grossman, is born in Chicago, Illinois. He managed Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Band, Janis Joplin, and Todd Rundgren. In 1969, Grossman built the Bearsville Recording Studio near Woodstock, New York, and in 1970, he founded Bearsville Records.

1927–Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, France, completing the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

1928–Character actress, Alice (Elizabeth) Drummond, is born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She appeared in the films Where’s Poppa?, Man on a Swing, Thieves, King of the Gypsies, Hide in Plain Sight, Eyewitness, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Ghostbusters, The House on Carroll Street, Running on Empty, Awakenings, Nobody's Fool, I.Q., and To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar.

1929–An automatic electric stock quotation board is installed in New York City.

1929–The 5th National Spelling Bee: Virginia Hogan wins, spelling luxuriance.

1929–Politician, Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, dies from complications of a stroke in Epsom, Surrey, England, at age 82. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

1932–Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Because of bad weather, she lands in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, instead of an airstrip.

1934–Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first American city to fingerprint its citizens.

1935–Jane Addams, a founder of the American Civil Liberites Union (ACLU), dies at age 65.

1936–Sada Abe is arrested after wandering the streets of Tokyo, Japan, for days with her dead lover's severed genitals in her hand. Her story became one of Japan's most notorious scandals.

1937–A Soviet station, North Pole-1, becomes the first scientific research settlement to operate on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean.

1939–The Canadian National War Memorial is unveiled by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Ottawa, Canada.

1939–Actor, David (Lawrence) Groh, is born in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for the role of Joe on the TV series Rhoda.

1940–Singer, Tony Sheridan, is born in Norwich, Norfolk, England. The Beatles recorded with him in Hamburg, Germany, under the direction of Bert Kaempfert, before they became the most famous rock and roll band on history. The sessions produced Sheridan's My Bonnie and The Saints, and The Beatles' Ain't She Sweet and Cry for a Shadow, plus three other songs.

1941–Ron Isley, of The Isley Brothers, is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1943–Hilton Valentine, of The Animals, is born in England.

1944–Actor, Burgess Meredith, marries actress, Paulette Goddard, at David O. Selznick's home in Beverly Hills, California.

1944–Mary Robinson, President of the Republic of Ireland, is born Mary Therese Winifred Bourke in Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland.

1945–German war criminal, Heinrich Himmler, is captured.

1945–Actor, Humphrey Bogart, marries actress, Lauren Bacall.

1945–Actor, Richard (Lawrence) Hatch, is born in Santa Monica, California. He is best known for the role of Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica TV series. He appeared in the films Best Friends, Prisoners of the Lost Universe, Party Line, Leathernecks, The Hitch-Hikers, The Ghost, and Big Shots.

1946–Physicist, Louis Slotin, is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

1948–Singer, Leo Sayer, is born Gerard Hugh Sayer in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, England. His hits include When I Need You, The Show Must Go On, and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.

1951–The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition takes place. It is a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively known as The New York School.

1951–Comedian and politician, Al Franken, of Saturday Night Live, is born Alan Stuart Franken in New York, New York.

1952–Actor, Mr. T, is born Lawrence Tureaud in Chicago, Illinois. He starred in the action TV series, The A-Team, and appeared in the film Rocky III. He started the catch-phrase, “I pity the fool...”

1952–Actor, John Garfield, dies of a heart attack in New York, New York, at age 39. He appeared in the films They Made Me a Criminal, Tortilla Flat, Thank Your Lucky Stars, Hollywood Canteen, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Humoresque, Body and Soul, Daisy Kenyon, and We Were Strangers.

1953–The 26th National Spelling Bee: Elizabeth Hess wins, spelling soubrette.

1954–The 27th National Spelling Bee: William Cashore wins, spelling transept.

1955–Recommended to Leonard Chess by Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry goes into a Chess recording studio and records his first hit, Maybellene.

1955–Stan Lynch, drummer for Tommy Petty & the Heartbreakers, is born in Gainesville, Florida.

1956–The U.S. explodes the first airborne hydrogen bomb over Bikini Atoll.

1957–Actor, Judge Reinhold, is born Edward Ernest Reinhold Jr. in Wilmington, Delaware. He appeared in the films Running Scared, Stripes, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Lords of Discipline, WarGames, Gremlins, Beverly Hills Cop, Roadhouse, Off Beat, Ruthless People, and Vice Versa.

1960–Serial killer, Jeffrey (Lionel) Dahmer, is born in West Allis, Wisconsin. He committed the rape, murder, and dismemberment of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991, and was sentenced to life in prison.

1961–Alabama Governor, John Malcolm Patterson, declares martial law in an attempt to restore order after race riots break out.

1964–The first nuclear-powered lighthouse begins operation in Chesapeake Bay.

1966–The Ulster Volunteer Force declares war on the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland.

1966–Muhammad Ali defeats Henry Cooper in Round 6 for the Heavyweight Boxing Championship.

1968–The nuclear-powered submarine, Scorpion, with a crew of 99, is reported missing. It is later found on the ocean floor off the coast of the Azores.

1968–The USSR conducts an underground nuclear test.

1969–Sirhan Sirhan is sentenced to death by a U.S. court for the 1968 murder of Robert Kennedy. The sentence is later commuted to life imprisonment.

1969–Civil unrest takes place in Rosario, Argentina, following the death of a 15-year-old student.

1970–The USSR conducts a nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya.

1971–The National Guard mobilizes to quell riot in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

1972–Michelangelo's “Pietà” is damaged by a vandal at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy.

1972–Rapper, the Notorious B.I.G., is born Christopher George Latore Wallace in New York, New York.

1973–Singer, Vaughn Monroe, dies shortly after having stomach surgery for a bleeding ulcer in Stuart, Florida, at age 61. He was a trumpeter, big band leader, actor, and businessman, most popular in the 1940s and 1950s.

1976–The Yuba City bus disaster occurs in Martinez, California, killing 29 people.

1979–White Night riots break out in San Francisco, California, following the manslaughter conviction of Dan White for the assassinations of George Moscone and Harvey Milk.

1979–Elton John plays the first of eight historic concerts in Moscow, making him the first rock star to perform in Russia.

1979–The Stanley Cup: The Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Rangers, 4 games to 1.

1980–Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is released in theaters.

1981–Francois Mitterrand becomes President of France.

1981–Irish Republican hunger strikers, Raymond McCreesh and Patsy O'Hara, die in Maze prison.

1981–The Italian government releases the membership list of “Propaganda Due,” an illegal pseudo-Masonic lodge that was implicated in numerous Italian crimes and mysteries.

1981–The Stanley Cup: The New York Islanders beat the Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 1.

1983–A chart topper: Let’s Dance by David Bowie.

1986–The U.S. conducts a nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1987–Actor, Alejandro Rey, dies of lung cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 57. He is best known for the role of the handsome playboy, Carlos Ramirez, on the TV sitcom The Flying Nun. He appeared in the films Fun in Acapulco, Synanon, The Swarm, and Moscow on the Hudson.

1988–The U.S. conducts a nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1990–Indian spiritual leader, Moelvi Mohammed Farouk, is murdered.

1990–Notorious record executive, Morris Levy, dies of cancer in Ghent, New York, at age 62. He owned the Birdland club, copyrighted the phrase "rock 'n' roll" after making friends with Alan Freed, and even sued John Lennon because he thought Come Together sounded too much like a Chuck Berry song to which he owned the rights. Levy ended up releasing his own version of Lennon’s Rock ‘n’ Roll album, called Roots, which was sold through television ads until Lennon took him to court over the matter.

1991–Mengistu Haile Mariam, President of the People's Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, flees the country, bringing the Ethiopian Civil War to an end.

1991–Former Indian Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, is assassinated by a female suicide bomber near Madras, at age 46.

1992–China conducts a nuclear test at Lop Nor.

1992–After 30 seasons, Johnny Carson hosts his last episode of The Tonight Show, featuring special guests Robin Williams and Bette Midler.

1994–The Democratic Republic of Yemen unsuccessfully attempts to secede from the Republic of Yemen.

1996–The ferry, MV Bukoba, sinks in Tanzanian waters on Lake Victoria, killing nearly 1,000 people.

1996–The Trappist Martyrs of Atlas, kidnapped during the Algerian Civil War and held for two months, are found dead.

1996–Cowboy actor, Al "Lash" La Rue, dies of emphysema in Burbank, California, at age 78. He was a popular western movie star of the 1940s and 1950s. Lash LaRue Western comic books were published first by Fawcett Comics and later by Charlton Comics, between 1949 and 1961.

1998–Five abortion clinics are hit by a butyric acid attacker in Miami, Florida.

1998–President Suharto of Indonesia resigns following the killing of students from Trisakti University earlier that week by security forces and growing mass protests in Jakarta against his ongoing corrupt rule.

1999–All My Children soap opera star, Susan Lucci, finally wins a Daytime Emmy after being nominated 19 times, the longest period of unsuccessful nominations in television history.

1999–Actor, Norman Rossington, dies of cancer in a hospital in Manchester, England, at age 70. He is best known for the role of Norm in A Hard Day’s Night. He also appeared in the films Saint Joan, A Night to Remember, The League of Gentlemen, The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, No Love for Johnnie, Double Trouble, The Longest Day, Lawrence of Arabia, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, The Wrong Box, Young Winston, The Prisoner of Zenda, and The Krays.

2000–Romance novelist, Barbara Cartland, dies peacefully in her sleep at Camfield Place, near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, at age 98. She had been suffering from ill health and dementia for six months beforehand, and was subsequently bedridden and sequestered. She was known for romance novels and was one of the best-selling authors, as well as one of the most prolific and commercially successful authors, worldwide in the 20th century. Her 723 novels were translated into 38 languages.

2000–Actor, Sir John Gielgud, dies peacefully at his home in Wotton Underwood, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, at age 96. His career spanned eight decades. With Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier, he was one of the trinity of actors who dominated the British stage for much of the 20th century. He appeared in the films Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Around the World in Eighty Days, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Hamlet, The Loved One, The Shoes of the Fisherman, Oh! What a Lovely War, 11 Harrowhouse, Murder on the Orient Express, Caligula, The Elephant Man, Lion in the Sesert, Chariots of fire, Authur, Gandhi, and First Knight.

2000–Businessman, Mark R. Hughes, dies of a toxic combination of alcohol and Doxepin in Malibu, California, at age 44. He founded Herbalife International Ltd.

2001–French Taubira law is enacted, officially recognizing the Atlantic slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity.

2003–A 6.8 earthquake hits northern Algeria, killing more than 2,000 people and sinking boats at the Balearic Islands.

2003–Paul McCartney is awarded an honorary doctorate in music from the conservatory of Russia's St. Petersburg University.

2005–The tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka, opens at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey.

2005–Actor, Stephen Elliott, dies of congestive heart failure in Woodland Hills, California, at age 86. He appeared in the films The Proud and the Profane, The Hospital, Death Wish, The Hindenburg, Cutter’s Way, Arthur, Beverly Hills Cop, and Walk Like a Man.

2005–Actor, Howard Morris, dies of heart disease in Los Angeles, California, at age 85. He is best known for the role of Ernest T. Bass on the TV series The Andy Griffith Show. He appeared in the films Boy’s Night Out, 40 Pounds of Trouble, The Nutty Professor, Way... Way Out, The Big Mouth, With Six You Get Eggroll, Don’t Drink the Water, The Comic, High Anxiety, History of the World: Part I, and Splash.

2006–The Republic of Montenegro holds a referendum proposing independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro: 55% of Montenegrins vote for independence.

2007–The Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper, is badly damaged by fire in Greenwich, England.

2010–The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), launches the solar-sail spacecraft, IKAROS, aboard an H-IIA rocket.

2011–Radio broadcaster, Harold Camping, had predicted that the world would end on this date. Apparently, he was wrong.

2012–A bus accident near Himara, Albania, kills 13 people and injures 21 others.

2012–A suicide bombing kills more than 120 people in Sana'a, Yemen.

2013–Microsoft announces the release of Xbox One.

2013–Trevor Bolder, bass player for Uriah Heep, dies of pancreatic cancer in Cottingham, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, at age 62.

2013–Businessman, Leonard Marsh, dies at his home in Manhasset, New York, at age 80. He co-founded Snapple Beverage Corporation with his brother-in-law, Hyman Golden, and childhood friend, Arnold Greenberg.

2014–The National September 11 Memorial and the 9/11 Memorial Museum open to the public. The sites commemorate the September 11 attacks of 2001 (which killed 2,507 civilians, 72 law enforcement officers, 343 firefighters, and 55 military personnel) and the World Trade Center bombing of 1993 (which killed six civilians). The memorial is located at the World Trade Center site, the former location of the Twin Towers, which were destroyed during the September 11 attacks.

2014–A knife attack on a Taipei Metro train in Taipei, Republic of China, leaves four people dead and almost two dozen others injured.

2015–Pop singer, Twinkle, dies of cancer in Isle of Wight, England, at age 66. She had chart successes in the 1960s with her best known songs Terry and Golden Lights. After recording six singles for Decca Records, she "retired" at the age of 18 in 1966.

2016–Lake Mead, in Mohave County, Arizona, the largest reservoir in the United States, drops to its lowest level in history (since it was filled in the 1930s). The reservoir provides water to the states of Arizona, Nevada, and California.

2016–The Venezuelan Army holds the biggest military exercise in its history, citing threats to national security amidst opposition demands of a recall referendum on President Nicolas Maduro.

2016–The United States claims that Taliban leader, Akhtar Mansour, is likely killed in an air strike along the Afghan/Pakistan border, near the town of Ahmad Wal.

2016–At least 21 people are killed and more than 500,000 are displaced by cyclone Roanu in Bangladesh.

2016–Rock drummer, Nick Menza, dies of heart failure after collapsing on stage in Los Angeles, California, at age 51. He is best known for his work in he heavy metal band, Megadeth, from 1989 to 1998, and again in 2004.

2017–After 146 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily Circus presents its last performance.

2017–Mountaineers led by Tim Mosedale confirm suspicions that Mount Everest's famous Hillary Step has completely collapsed.

2017–Swiss voters approve a referendum to phase out nuclear power in Switzerland and increase renewable energy.


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