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1966–Before his concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, Bob Dylan welcomes The Beatles once again to his dressing room. Paul McCartney plays the singer an early, electronic version of a track that would later become Tomorrow Never Knows. "Oh, I get it, you don't want to be cute anymore," Dylan laughs, as he leaves the room.

366–Roman usurper, Procopius, dies by excution at age 40. As a usurper, he had bribed two legions that were resting at Constantinople to support his efforts, and took control of the imperial city.

398–Murong Bao, Emperor of the Xianbei state Later Yan, dies by execution in Longcheng, China, at age 43.

742–Emperor Dezong of Tang is born Li Kuo at the Crown Prince's Palace in the Tang capital of Chang’an. His reign of 26 years was the third longest in the Tang Dynasty.

927–Simeon I the Great dies of heart failure in Preslav, Bulgaria, at age 63. He was the first Bulgarian to be recognized as Emperor.

1120–Richard III of Capua, is anointed as Prince two weeks before his untimely death.

1153–Malcolm IV becomes King of Scotland.

1199–John is crowned King of England.

1328–Philip VI is crowned King of France.

1564–John Calvin, priest and religious reformer, dies after a period of ill health in Geneva, Switzerland, at age 54. He was a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later called Calvinism. Various Congregational, Reformed, and Presbyterian churches, which look to Calvin as the chief expositor of their beliefs, have spread throughout the world.

1626–William II, Prince of Orange, is born in the Hague, Dutch Republic.

1644–Manchu regent, Dorgon, defeats rebel leader, Li Zicheng of the Shun Dynasty, at the Battle of Shanhai Pass, allowing the Manchus to enter and conquer the capital city of Beijing.

1647–The first recorded American execution of a “witch” takes place in Massachusetts.

1652–Princess Palatine Elizabeth Charlotte is born at Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Her vast, frank correspondence provides a detailed account of the personalities and activities at the court of her brother-in-law, Louis XIV, for 50 years from the date of her marriage in 1672.

1703–Tsar Peter the Great founds the city of St. Petersburg, Russia.

1756–Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria is born in Schwetzingen, Baden, Holy Roman Empire. He was a member of the House of Palatinate-Birkenfeld-Zweibrücken, a branch of the House of Wittelsbach.

1794–Millionaire, Cornelius Vanderbilt, owner of the B & O Railroad, is born in Staten Island, New York. His was one of the two railroads used on the Monopoly game board. As one of the richest Americans in history and wealthiest figures overall, Vanderbilt was the patriarch of a wealthy, influential family, including 13 children.

1798–The Battle of Oulart Hill takes place in Wexford, Ireland.

1799–Austrian forces defeat the French at Winterthur, Switzerland, securing control of the northeastern Swiss Plateau due to the town's location at the junction of seven cross-roads.

1813–In the War of 1812, American forces capture Fort George in Canada.

1819–Author-lecturer, Julia Ward Howe, is born in New York, New York. She wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic. She was also an advocate for abolitionism and was a social activist, particularly for women's suffrage.

1837–Cowboy and folk hero, “Wild Bill” Hickok, is born James Butler Hickok in Homer, Illinois (present-day Troy Grove, Illinois). Some of his exploits as reported at the time were fiction, but his skill as a gunfighter and gambler provided the basis for his fame, along with his reputation as a lawman.

1840–Violinist and composer, Niccolo Paganini, dies from internal hemorrhaging in Paris, France, at age 57. He was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. He was such a virtuoso that a rumor developed he had sold his soul to the devil for his playing ability.

1848–Princess Sophia of the United Kingdom dies at her residence in Vicarage Place, Kensington Palace, in London, England, at age 70.

1849–The Great Hall of Euston Station opens in London, England.

1860–Giuseppe Garibaldi begins his attack on Palermo, Sicily, as part of the Italian unification.

1863–The first Assault on the Confederate works takes place at the Siege of Port Hudson, during the American Civil War.

1874–The first group of Dorsland trekkers leave Pretoria, under the leadership of Gert Alberts.

1883–Alexander III is crowned Tsar of Russia.

1894–Detective novelist, (Samuel) Dashiell Hammett, is born in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. He was an author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, a screenplay writer, and political activist. He created the character of Sam Spade and wrote The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man. Time magazine included Hammett's 1929 novel, Red Harvest, on a list of the 100 best English-language novels published between 1923 and 2005.

1895–British inventor, Birt Acres, patents a film camera-projector.

1896–A tornado strikes St. Louis, Missouri, and East St. Louis, Illinois, killing 255 people and causing $2.9 billion in damage.

1907–A Bubonic plague outbreak begins in San Francisco, California.

1907–Marine biologist and author, Rachel Carson, is born in Springdale, Pennsylvania. Her book Silent Spring, an indictment of the wanton use of pesticides, introduced the concept of ecology to the general population.

1911–Hubert Humphrey, 38th U.S. Vice President (1965-1969) serving under President Lyndon Johnson, is born Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Jr. in Wallace, South Dakota.

1911–Actor, Vincent Price, is born Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. in St. Louis, Missouri. He is well known for his distinctive voice and performances in horror films, yet his career spanned other genres, including film noir, drama, mystery, thriller, and comedy. He appeared in the films The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, The Invisible Man Returns, The House of the Seven Gables, The Song of Bernadette, Leave Her to Heaven, House of Wax, The Ten Commandments, The Story of Mankind, The Fly, House on Haunted Hill, The Big Circus, The Tingler, House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum, Confessions of an Opium Eater, The Raven, Diary of a Madman, Beach Party, The Last Man on Earth, The Masque of the Red Death, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, The Whales of August, and Edward Scissorhands.

1912–Writer, John (William) Cheever, is born in Quincy, Massachusetts. His fiction is mostly set in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Westchester suburbs, and old New England villages (based on various South Shore towns around Quincy, Massachusetts, his home town). His novels are The Wapshot Chronicle, The Wapshot Scandal, Bullet Park, Falconer, and Oh What a Paradise It Seems.

1912–Golf champion, Sam Snead, is born Samuel Jackson Snead in Ashwood, Virginia. He was one of the top professional golfers in the world for most of four decades. Snead won a record 82 PGA Tour events, including seven majors.

1915–Novelist, Herman Wouk, is born in New York, New York. Wouk is the author of The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, Youngblood Hawke, Marjorie Morningstar, and War and Remembrance.

1917–Pope Benedict XV promulgates the 1917 Code of Canon Law, the first comprehensive codification of Catholic canon law in the legal history of the Catholic Church.

1918–Yasuhiro Nakasone, Premier of Japan (1982-1987), is born in Takasaki, Japan.

1919–Charles Strite patents the pop-up toaster.

1919–A patent is issued for “Pyrex” glass.

1919–The NC-4 aircraft arrives in Lisbon, Portugal, after completing the first transatlantic flight.

1922–Actor, Christopher Lee, is born Christopher Frank Carandini Lee in Belgravia, London, England. With a career spanning nearly 70 years, Lee initially portrayed villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films. He appeared in the films Hamlet, Quo Vadis, Moulin Rouge, The Dark Avenger, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Truth About Women, A Tale of Two Cities, Dracula, Corridors of Blood, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Man Who Could Cheat Death, Beat Girl, Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, The Oblong Box, The Magic Christian, and Scream and Scream Again.

1923–Henry Kissinger, U.S. Secretary of State (1973-1977), is born Heinz Alfred Kissinger in Fürth, Germany. He was a Jewish refugee who fled the Nazi regime with his family in 1938. He became National Security Advisor in 1969. For his actions negotiating a ceasefire in Vietnam, Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. Since holding office, his advice has been sought by world leaders, including subsequent U.S. presidents.

1925–Author, Tony Hillerman, is born Anthony Grove Hillerman in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma. He is best known for his award-winning detective novels and non-fiction works, especially the Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels. His works include Dance Hall of the Dead, People of Darkness, The Dark Wind, Skinwalkers, The Wailing Wind, and The Shape Shifter.

1926–Saxophone and flute player, Bud Shank, is born Clifford Everett Shank, Jr. in Dayton, Ohio. He rose to prominence in the early 1950s, playing lead alto and flute in Stan Kenton's Innovations in Modern Music Orchestra, and throughout the decade worked in various small jazz combos. He spent the 1960s as a first-call studio musician in Hollywood. He is known for the alto flute solo on the song, California Dreamin', recorded by The Mamas & The Papas in 1965.

1927–The Ford Motor Company ceases manufacture of the Ford Model T, and begins to retool its plants to make the Ford Model A.

1929–Aviator, Charles Lindbergh, marries author, Anne Morrow, in Englewood, New Jersey.

1930–The Chrysler Building in New York City (the tallest man-made structure at the time at 1,046 feet) opens to the public.

1930–Richard G. Drew, of St. Paul, Minnesota, invents masking tape.

1930–The 6th National Spelling Bee: Helen Jensen wins, spelling albumen.

1930–Postmodern novelist, John (Simmons) Barth, is born in Cambridge, Maryland. He's the author of The Floating Opera and The Sot-Weed Factor.

1931–The first full scale wind tunnel for testing airplanes is opened at Langley Field, Virginia.

1931–The 7th National Spelling Bee: Ward Randall wins, spelling foulard.

1932–Actor, Steve Franken, is born Stephen Robert Franken in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for the role of playboy dilettante Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. on the sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. He appeared in the films The Americanization of Emily, The Time Travelers, Follow Me Boys!, The Party, Panic in the City, Angel in My Pocket, Westworld, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, Hardly Working, and Curse of the Pink Panther.

1933–The U.S. Federal Securities Act is signed into law, requiring the registration of securities with the Federal Trade Commission.

1933–The Century of Progress World's Fair opens in Chicago, Illinois.

1933–The first automatic soda fountain dispenser is introduced by the Coca-Cola Company.

1933–The Walt Disney Company releases the cartoon, Three Little Pigs, with its hit song Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

1934–Sci-fi writer, Harlan (Jay) Ellison, is born in Cleveland, Ohio. His published works include over 1,700 short stories, novellas, screenplays, comic book scripts, teleplays, essays, a wide range of criticism covering literature, film, television, and print media. His books include Web of the City, Spider Kiss, and A Boy and His Dog. His short story collections include Gentleman Junkie and Other Stories of the Hung-Up Generation, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, and Deathbird Stories.

1935–The U.S. Supreme Court declares the National Industrial Recovery Act to be unconstitutional in A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States.

1935–Jazz pianist, Ramsey Lewis, is born Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis, Jr. in Chicago, Illinois. He recorded over 80 albums and received seven gold records. The Ramsey Lewis Trio’s biggest hit was The In Crowd in 1965.

1935–Actress, Lee Meriwether, is born in Los Angeles, California. She won the title of Miss America and later went on to co-star in the TV series Barnaby Jones.

1936–Oceanliner, The Queen Mary, leaves England on its maiden voyage.

1936–Actor, Louis (Cameron) Gossett, Jr., is born in Brooklyn, New York. He had a major role in the TV mini-series Roots. He appeared in the films A Raisin in the Sun, The Landlord, Skin Game, The Laughing Policeman, The Deep, An Officer and a Gentleman, Enemy Mine, Iron Eagle, A Gathering of Old Men, Diggstown, and Blue Chips.

1937–The Golden Gate Bridge opens in San Francisco, California, and 200,000 people cross it on its first day. It had taken four years, four months, and 22 days to complete.

1937–Film producer, Allan Carr, is born Allan Solomon in Chicago, Illinois. His films include The First Time, C.C. and Company, Grease, Can’t Stop the Music, Where the Boys Are ‘84, and Cloak & Dagger.

1939–Country singer, Don Williams, is born in Floydada, Texas. After seven years with the folk-pop group Pozo-Seco Singers, he began his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing 17 #1 country hits.

1940–Talent agent, Sandy Gallin, is born Albert Samuel Gallin in New York, New York. He managed the careers of Cher, Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey, and Whoopi Goldberg.

1941–In World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaims an "unlimited national emergency."

1941–The German battleship Bismarck is sunk in the North Atlantic, killing almost 2,100 men.

1942–Adolf gives the order for 10,000 Czechoslovakians to be murdered.

1942–In World War II: Reinhard Heydrich is fatally wounded in Prague, during Operation Anthropoid, and he dies of his injuries eight days later.

1942–The 18th National Spelling Bee: Richard Earnhart wins, spelling sacrilegious.

1943–Singer, Cilla Black, is born Priscilla Maria Veronica White in Vauxhall, Liverpool, England. Championed by The Beatles, Brian Epstein, and producer, George Martin, she began her career as a singer in 1963, and her singles Anyone Who Had a Heart and You're My World both reached #1 on the charts. Black had 11 “Top Ten” hits on the British charts between 1964 and 1971. She hosted her own variety show, Cilla, for the BBC between 1968 and 1976. She was married to manager, Bobby Willis.

1943–Actor, Bruce (Peter) Weitz, is born in Norwalk, Connecticut. He is best known for his role on the TV drama series Hill Street Blues. He appeared in the films Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story, Deep Impact, Half Past Dead, and The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald.

1949–The 22nd National Spelling Bee: Kim Calvin wins, spelling dulcimer.

1949–Cartoonist, Ropert L. Ripley, creator of “Believe It or Not,” dies of a heart attack in New York, New York, at age 58.

1950–Singer, Frank Sinatra, appears on TV for the first time as part of Bob Hope's Star-Spangled Revue.

1950–The 23rd National Spelling Bee: It's a tie between Diana Reynard and Colquitt Dean, each missing the spelling of meticulosity.

1951–The Chinese Communists force the Dalai Lama, Tibet's god king, to surrender control of his region's foreign affairs and army to Beijing.

1955–Actor, Richard Schiff, is born in Bethesda, Maryland. He is best known for the role of Toby Ziegler on the TV series The West Wing. He appeared in the films Malcolm X, The Bodyguard, The Hudsucker Proxy, Speed, Michael, Volcano, Deep Impact, Crazy in Alabama, I Am Sam, and Ray.

1956–The U.S. conducts an atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak.

1957–Brunswick Records releases The Crickets' (with lead singer Buddy Holly) first record and only chart topper, That'll Be the Day, backed with I'm Looking for Someone to Love.

1957–Singer, Siouxsie Sioux, of Siouxsie & Banshees, is born Susan Ballion in Kent, England.

1958–The F-4 Phantom II makes its first flight.

1960–In Turkey, a military coup removes President Celâl Bayar and the rest of the democratic government from office.

1961–The first black light is sold. Black light technology reached its zenith during the late 1960s and early 1970s, as it was a big fad used to enhance psychedelic posters.

1961–Actress, Cathy Silvers, is born in New York, New York. She appeared in the 1970s sitcom Happy Days. She is the daughter of actor, Phil Silvers.

1962–A mine fire is ignited in a landfill above a coal mine in Centralia, Pennsylvania. The fire burns in underground coal mines at depths of up to 300 feet over an eight-mile stretch of 3,700 acres. It could burn for over 250 more years.

1963–The U.S. release of The Beatles’ single, From Me to You and Thank You Girl is on the VeeJay label. Since The Beatles are still unknown in America, the single tops out on the Billboard Singles chart at #116.

1963–The Beatles, touring with Roy Orbison, perform at the Capitol Cinema, Cardiff, Glamorganshire.

1964–Jawaharial Nehru, India's first Prime Minister, dies in New Delhi, India, at age 74. He emerged as the paramount leader of the Indian independence movement under the tutelage of Mahatma Gandhi and ruled India from its establishment as an independent nation beginning in 1947.

1965–American warships begin the first bombardment of National Liberation Front targets within South Vietnam.

1965–Child actor, Todd (Anthony) Bridges, is born in San Francisco, California. He is best known for his role on the TV sitcom Diff'rent Strokes. He appeared in the films She’s Out of Control, Homeboys, The Waterfront, The Climb, and Welcome to America.

1966–Before his concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, Bob Dylan welcomes The Beatles once again to his dressing room. Paul McCartney plays the singer an early, electronic version of a track that would later become Tomorrow Never Knows. "Oh, I get it, you don't want to be cute anymore," Dylan laughs, as he leaves the room.

1967–Australians vote in favor of a constitutional referendum granting the Australian government the power to make laws to benefit Indigenous Australians and to count them in the national census.

1967–The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy is christened by Jacqueline Kennedy and her daughter, Caroline.

1967–John Lennon announces that The Beatles will not tour again.

1967–Two of America's biggest record labels, Columbia and RCA Victor, announce they will raise the list price of mono albums by $1 on June 1st. It's the first increase since 1953.

1968–The meeting of the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (National Union of the Students of France) takes place, as 30,000 to 50,000 people gather in the Stade Sébastien Charléty.

1968–Major League Baseball's National League awards Montreal the first franchise in Canada and the first franchise outside the United States.

1969–Construction begins in Florida on Walt Disney World.

1969–Actor, Jeffrey Hunter, dies from an intracranial hemorrhage after falling down some steps at his home in Los Angeles, California, at age 42. He was cast in the role of Christopher Pike in the pilot episode (The Menagerie) of the sci-fi TV series Star Trek. He appeared in the films Julius Caesar, Fourteen Hours, Red Skies of Montana, Belles on Their Toes, The Searchers, The Proud Ones, A Kiss Before Dying, The True Story of Jesse James, No Down Payment, The Last Hurrah, King of Kings, and The Longest Day.

1970–The USSR conducts a nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh.

1971–Pakistani forces massacre over 200 civilians, mostly Bengali Hindus.

1971–The Dahlerau train disaster kills 46 people and injures 25 others near Wuppertal, Germany.

1971–Singer, Lisa (Nicole) Lopes, of TLC, is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Known as “Left Eye,” she rose to fame in the early 1990s as one-third of the girl group TLC, alongside Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas.

1972–The Indianapolis 500: Mark Donohue wins in 3:04:23.

1973–The original Cavern Club in Liverpool closes for good. The site will be covered by a parking lot and, later, a shopping center called Cavern Walks. A new Cavern Club, built partially from bricks from the original structure, will be erected at a later date in another location.

1975–The Dibbles Bridge coach crash near Grassington, in North Yorkshire, England, kills 33 people.

1975–The Stanley Cup: The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 2.

1975–Chef, Jamie Oliver, is born in England. He is known as the “Naked Chef,” on his BBC-TV cooking shows (the name referring to simplicity, rather than nudity). He has had several TV shows: The Naked Chef, Return of the Naked Chef, Happy Days with the Naked Chef, Jamie's Kitchen, Return to Jamie's Kitchen, and Oliver's Twist. He has also written several cookbooks.

1979–John Lennon and Yoko Ono place full-page ads in The New York Times, London's Sunday Times, and a Tokyo newspaper, entitled "A Love Letter from John and Yoko to People Who Ask Us What, When, and Why." It bears all the marks of Ono’s prose, not Lennon’s, but its message of carefree, naive idealism, and pleasure in placidity suggests that the couple are enjoying an idyllic family life... despite the subsequent testimony of ex-friends and insiders that the opposite was true.

1979–The Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins in 3:08:47.

1980–Airborne and army troops of South Korea retake the city of Gwangju from civil militias, killing at least 207 people.

1981–The USSR conducts a nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh.

1981–John Hinckley attempts suicide by overdosing on Tylenol.

1983–Fred Seaman pleads guilty to grand larceny charges and will be sentenced on July 14th to five years probation, on the condition that he will never reveal the contents of the Lennon documents and manuscripts that had been in his possession.

1984–The Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins in 3:03:21.

1986–France conducts a nuclear test at Muruora Island.

1986–Dragon Quest, the game credited as setting the template for role-playing video games, is released in Japan.

1994–Nobel Prize-winner, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, returns to Russia, ending two decades of exile.

1995–Actor, Christopher Reeve, is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition in Charlottesville, Virginia.

1995–Six Flags Elitch Gardens opens at its new location in downtown Denver, Colorado. Rides in the amusement park include: Avalanche, Disaster Canyon, Run-Away Train, Twister II (a wooden roller coaster), and Kiddieland (an area with rides for the little kids). The original Elitch Gardens had operated successfully for 104 years in its old northwest Denver location. They moved fifteen of the old park’s 20 rides to the new location.

1995–A 7.0 earthquake shakes northern Sakhalin Island in Russia, killing 1,989 people and injuring 750 others.

1996–In the First Chechen War, Russian President Boris Yeltsin meets with Chechnyan rebels for the first time and negotiates a cease-fire.

1997–The U.S. Supreme Court rules that Paula Jones can pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he is in office.

1997–The Indianapolis 500: Arie Luyendyk wins in 3:25:43.

1997–The Central Texas tornado outbreak occurs, spawning multiple tornadoes, including the one that killed 27 people in Jarrell.

1998–Michael Fortier is sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined $200,000 for failing to warn authorities about the Oklahoma City terrorist bombing plot.

2001–Members of the Islamist separatist group, Abu Sayyaf, seize 20 hostages from an affluent island resort on Palawan in the Philippines.

2001–The Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:31:54.

2003–Actress, Angelina Jolie, divorces actor, Billy Bob Thornton, due to irreconcilable differences.

2006–An earthquake strikes Bantul, Java, devistating the city of Yogyakarta and killing over 5,700 people and injuring 37,000 others.

2007–The Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti wins in 2:44:03.

2007–Actress, Gretchen Wyler, dies of breast cancer in Camarillo, California, at age 75. She appeared in the Broadway shows Guys and Dolls, Silk Stockings, Damn Yankees, and Bye Bye Birdie.

2007–Inventor, Ed Yost, dies of a heart attack in Vadito, New Mexico, at age 87. Yost developed and flew the first prototype of the modern hot-air balloon in a tethered flight: he envelope was plastic film and heat was provided by burning kerosene. He is referred to as the "Father of the Modern Day Hot-Air Balloon."

2011–Actor, Jeff Conaway, dies of pneumonia and encephalopathy attributable to drug overdoses in Encino, California, at age 60. He is best known for his co-starring role on the TV series Taxi. He appeared in the films Jennifer on My Mind, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Grease, and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.

2011–Musician, Gil Scott-Heron, dies in New York, New York, at age 62. He had been HIV-positive for several years, and had been previously hospitalized for pneumonia. As of May 2015, the cause of Scott-Heron's death had not been made public.

2012–The Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti wins in 2:58.51.

2013–In a wave of bombings across Iraq, 75 people are killed and 200 others are injured.

2016–Barack Obama becomes the first U.S. President to visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan.

2016–Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, urges U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio, to run for re-election, after Rubio states he would speak on Trump's behalf at the Republican Convention, if asked to do so. Rubio also says he plans to release his delegates to vote for Trump.

2017–British Airways cancels all flights from Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport amid a "major IT system failure" that is causing severe disruption to flight operations worldwide.

2017–Gregg Allman, co-founder, vocalist, and keyboard player for the The Allman Brothers Band, dies from complications of liver cancer in Savannah, Georgia, at age 69. Among the band’s biggest hits are Whipping Post and Ramblin’ Man. For his work in music, Allman was considered a Southern rock pioneer and received numerous awards, including several Grammys.

2018–Former Prime Minister of Japan, Yasuhiro Nakasone, celebrates his 100th birthday.

2018–Israeli Minister of Defense, Avigdor Lieberman, announces that Israel has started building an "unique obstacle" along the Zikim beach: a three-story-high breakwater designed to cut off the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip from access to Israel by the sea. The "impenetrable" structure made of stone and fence is expected to be completed before the end of 2018.

2018–The USS Arizona Memorial off Honolulu's coast is closed down indefinitely for repairs, when a crack is spotted on one side of the structure.

2018–A violent thunderstorm accompanied by heavy rain causes flooding and property damage in the United Kingdom, which was struck by lightning more than 60,000 times in 24 hours.


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