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Historical Events

Events 1 - 15 of 15

1st - A fire at the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood destroys several icons from movies, such as Courthouse Square, the clock tower from Back to the Future, and the King Kong exhibit on the studio tour.
7th - 140th Belmont: Alan Garcia aboard Da Tara wins in 2:29.65
8th - The Akihabara massacre took place on the Sunday-pedestrian-zoned Chūōdōri street. A man killed seven in an attack on a crowd using a truck and a dagger.
8th - 54th LPGA Championship won by Yani Tseng
10th - The Gora Prai airstrike by the United States reportedly kills 11 Pakistani paramilitary troops.
11th - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made an official historic apology to Canada's First Nations in regard to a residential school abuse in which children were isolated from their homes, families and cultures for a century.
12th - Ireland rejects the Lisbon Treaty in a referendum, thus putting into question the reform programme of the European Union.
Prime Minister of Canada Stephen HarperPrime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper 15th - 62nd Tony Awards: In the Heights & August: Osage County win
16th - 108th US Golf Open: Tiger Woods shoots a 283 at Torrey Pines GC CA
17th - First day of legal same-sex marriage in California
17th - 62nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2
25th - Atlantis Plastics shooting, An employee shot and killed five people after an argument, which ended in the gunman's suicide in Henderson, Kentucky.
26th - The U.S. Supreme Court rules in District of Columbia v. Heller that the ban on handguns in the District of Columbia is unconstitutional.
27th - Bill Gates steps down as Chairman of Microsoft Corporation to work full time for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Microsoft Founder Bill GatesMicrosoft Founder Bill Gates 29th - Thomas Beatie, the world's first pregnant man, gives birth to a daughter.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 1 of 1

19th - Maddie Aldridge, daughter of Jamie Lynn Spears

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 7 of 7

9th - "Tommy Tutone" band lead singer Tommy Heath weds longtime girlfriend Lisa Scholtz in Lake Tahoe, California
14th - Country singer Sara Evans (37) weds former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker (35) in Franklin, Tennessee
17th - Ice hockey player star Martin Brodeur (36) weds Genevieve Nault at the Bavaro Princess Resort in the Dominican Republic
22nd - Record producer Timbaland (37) weds Monique Idlett (33) in Aruba
28th - "Saturday Night Live" actor-comedian Chris Kattan (37) weds model Sunshine Tutt (31) at Chateau Du Sureau in Yosemite, California
Golfer Greg NormanGolfer Greg Norman (28th) 28th - Golfing legend Greg Norman (53) weds former tennis star Chris Evert (53) in Paradise Island, Bahamas
30th - Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John (59) weds natural-health businessman John Easterling (56) in Florida's Jupiter Island

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 1 of 1

Actor/Comedian Bill MurrayActor/Comedian Bill Murray (13th) 13th - Actor Bill Murray (57) divorces costume designer Jennifer Butler (42) due to abuse and infidelity after 10 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 37 of 37

1st - Tommy Lapid, Israeli journalist and politician (b. 1931)
1st - Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer (b. 1936)
2nd - Bo Diddley, American musician (b. 1928)
2nd - Mel Ferrer, American actor, film director and film producer (b. 1917)
4th - Nikos Sergianopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1952)
7th - Rudy Fernandez, Filipino actor (b. 1953)
7th - Jim McKay, American sportscaster (b. 1921)
8th - Šaban Bajramović, Serbian Romani musician (b. 1936)
9th - Algis Budrys, American writer (b. 1931)
10th - Chinghiz Aitmatov, Kyrgyzstani-Soviet writer, dies of lung and kidney failure at 79
11th - Võ Văn Kiệt, former prime minister of Vietnam (b. 1922)
11th - Ove Andersson, Swedish rally driver (b. 1938)
11th - Miroslav Dvořák, Czechoslovak ice hockey player (b. 1951)
12th - Derek Tapscott, Welsh footballer (b. 1932)
Television Journalist Tim RussertTelevision Journalist Tim Russert (13th) 13th - Tim Russert, American television host, NBC News Meet the Press moderator, dies at 58
13th - Gertrude Fröhlich-Sandner, Austrian politician (b. 1926)
14th - Jamelão, Brazilian samba singer (b. 1913)
14th - Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (b. 1964)
15th - Stan Winston, American special effects and makeup artist, and film director (b. 1946)
16th - Tom Compernolle, Belgian athlete (b. 1975)
16th - Mario Rigoni Stern, Italian writer, World War II veteran and Nazi concentration camp survivor (b. 1921)
17th - Tsutomu Miyazaki, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
17th - Cyd Charisse, American dancer and actress (b. 1922)
18th - Jean Delannoy, French actor and director (b. 1908)
18th - Tasha Tudor, American illustrator (b. 1915)
18th - Miyuki Kanbe, Japanese actor (b. 1984)
19th - Barun Sengupta, Bengali journalist (b. 1934)
19th - Bennie Swain, American basketball player (b. 1930)
21st - Scott Kalitta, American drag racer (b. 1962)
22nd - George Carlin, American comedian, actor (b. 1937)
22nd - Dody Goodman, American comedienne (b. 1914)
22nd - Jane McGrath, British-born Australian cancer support campaigner (b. 1966)
24th - Gerhard Ringel, Austrian mathematician (b. 1919)
27th - Michael Turner, American comic book artist (b. 1971)
27th - Sam Manekshaw, Indian Field Marshal (b. 1914)
28th - Ruslana Korshunova, Kazakhstani model (b.1987)
29th - Don S. Davis, American actor and artist (b. 1942)

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