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Historical Events

Events 1 - 17 of 17

1st - Juan Antonio Samaranch, the chairman of the IOC declares Sydney the "best Olympic Games ever"
1st - Closing ceremony of the XXVII Olympics in Sydney, Australia
1st - United States retain Basketball's Olympic gold medal defeating France 85-75
1st - United States wins the most medals (97), and the most gold medals (40) in Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia
4th - 34th Country Music Association Award: Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw wins
5th - Mass demonstrations in Belgrade lead to resignation of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milošević. These demonstrations are often called the Bulldozer Revolution.
6th - Yugoslav president Slobodan Milošević resigns.
7th - The last ever competitive soccer match at Wembley Stadium is a 1-0 defeat of England by Germany and the last goal was scored by Liverpool's Dietmar Hammann. The match was Tony Adams' 60th at Wembley setting the record for most appearances at the stadium.
11th - The 100th Space Shuttle mission (STS-92) is flown.
12th - The USS Cole is badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39
17th - Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack.
25th - A team led by Brigitte Senut and Martin Pickford discover Orrorin tugenensis, one of the earliest species on the human family tree that lived about 6 million years ago, in the Tugen Hills, Kenya
Baseball Player Derek JeterBaseball Player Derek Jeter 26th - NY Yankees defeat NY Mets 4-1 to win their 3rd straight World Series championship, MVP: Derek Jeter, NY Yankees
26th - Laurent Gbagbo takes over as president of Côte d'Ivoire following a popular uprising against President Robert Guéï. Bret Hart retires.
31st - The last Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service) machine was shut down.
31st - A chartered Antonov An-26 explodes after takeoff in Northern Angola killing 50
31st - A Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400 operating as Flight 006 collides with construction equipment upon takeoff in Taipei, Taiwan killing 79 passengers and four crew members

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 1 of 1

31st - Willow Smith, American actress

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

14th - Asylum recording artist Bryan White (26) weds actress Erika Page at Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 1 of 1

Actress Demi MooreActress Demi Moore (18th) 18th - Actress Demi Moore (37) divorces actor Bruce Willis (45) due to irreconcilable differences after 13 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 27 of 27

1st - Robert Allen, American pianist and songwriter (b. 1928)
1st - Reginald Kray, British gangster (b. 1933)
3rd - Benjamin Orr, American bassist and singer (The Cars) (b. 1947)
3rd - John Grant, British politician (b. 1932)
4th - Michael Smith, Nobel laureate (b. 1932)
4th - Yu Kuo-hwa, former Premier of Taiwan (b. 1914)
5th - Cătălin Hîldan, Romanian footballer (b. 1976)
6th - Richard Farnsworth, American actor (b. 1930)
9th - David Dukes, American actor (b. 1945)
9th - Patrick Anthony Porteous, Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1918)
10th - Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (b. 1916)
11th - Donald Dewar, First Minister of Scotland (b. 1937)
13th - Jean Peters, American actress (b. 1926)
15th - Konrad Emil Bloch, German-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
16th - Mel Carnahan, American politician (b. 1934)
17th - Leo Nomellini, wrestler (b. 1924)
18th - Julie London, American singer and actress (b. 1926)
18th - Gwen Verdon, American dancer and actress (b. 1925)
19th - Hortense Ellis, Jamaican reggae singer (b. 1941)
23rd - Rodney Anoa'i aka Yokozuna, Samoan-American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
27th - Walter Berry, Austrian bass-baritone (b. 1929)
28th - Lída Baarová, Czech actress (b. 1914)
28th - Andujar Cedeno, Dominican baseball player for the Houston Astros (b. 1969)
28th - Carlos Guastavino, Argentine composer (b. 1912)
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve AllenTV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen (30th) 30th - Steve Allen, American comedian, author, and composer (b. 1921)
31st - Watanabe Kazuki Japanese musician (Raphael) (b. 1981)
31st - Ring Lardner, Jr., American screenwriter (b. 1915)

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