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1976–Paul and Linda McCartney make an evening visit to John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Dakota apartment in New York City. By chance, John is watching the NBC-TV comedy show Saturday Night Live. The show happens to feature the famous Lorne Michaels “Beatles Reunion” offer. Michaels delivers his legendary speech, unbeknownst to him that two of the former Beatles are actually tuned in. John and Paul consider going down to the studio as a gag, but decide not to. It was a night that history was not made.

BC 1479–Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut.

BC 1184–Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse.

1066–Halley's Comet has an English monk predicting their country will be destroyed.

1288–Gertrude of Austria dies as an Abbess of the Poor Clare convent of Saint Afra, near Seusslitz in Meissen, at age 62.

1338–Theodore I, Marquess of Montferrat, dies in Trino, Vercellese, Italy, at age 48. He was succeeded by his son, John II Palaiologos.

1533–William I of Orange is born in Dillenburg, County of Nassau, Holy Roman Empire. He was founding father of the Netherlands.

1547–Duke of Alba, commanding Spanish-Imperial forces of Charles I of Spain, defeats the troops of Schmalkaldic League.

1558–Mary, Queen of Scots, marries the Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris.

1581–Vincent de Paul is born in the village of Pouy, Guyenne and Gascony, Kingdom of France. He was a Roman Catholic priest who dedicated himself to serving the poor. He is venerated as a Saint in the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He was canonized in 1737. He was renowned for his compassion, humility, and generosity, and is known as the "Great Apostle of Charity."

1617–Politician, Concino Concini, dies at the hands of guards in Paris, France, at age 42. He was Prime Minister of France.

1704–The first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, The Boston News-Letter, is published.

1731–Novelist, Daniel Defoe, dies while hiding from his creditors in London, England, at age 70. He is buried in Bunhill Fields, the Dissenter Cemetery. He was a prolific and versatile writer, producing more than 500 books, pamphlets, and journals on various topics, including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology, and the supernatural. He wrote the novels Moll Flanders and Robinson Crusoe. Defoe is known to have used at least 198 pen names.

1766–Robert Bailey Thomas, founder of The Farmer's Almanac, is born.

1779–Eleazar Wheelock, founder of Dartmouth College, dies in Hanover, New Hampshire, at age 68. Before founding Dartmouth, Wheelock had founded and run the Moor's Charity School in Connecticut, to educate Native Americans. The college was primarily for the sons of English colonists.

1792–The French national anthem, La Marseillaise, is composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle.

1800–The U.S. Congress authorizes the creation of the Library of Congress with an initial outlay of $5,000 to purchase 900 books. Originally intended as a library for the use of the House and Senate, it was gradually expanded to become a national library.

1824–Novelist, Anthony Trollope, is born in London, England. He was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Trollope worked for years in the English postal system as he pursued his writing in his free time. Trollope, as a postal official, conceived the idea of the sidewalk post office “kiosk” or letterbox.

1833–Jacob Ebert and George Dulty receive a patent for the soda fountain.

1851–Morgan (Seth) Earp, brother of Wyatt, is born in Pella, Iowa. In 1875, Morgan departed the Earp clan living in Wichita, Kansas, and became a deputy marshal under Charlie Bassett at Dodge City. In late 1877, Morgan took his common-law wife Louisa A. Houston to Montana, where they lived until March, 1880. In early 1882, Morgan was appointed to the federal position of Deputy U.S. Marshal, an office subservient to Wyatt Earp. On October 26, 1881, he took part, along with his brothers, in the “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.”

1860–Queen Marau is born Joanna Marau-Ta’aroa Tepa’u. She was the last Queen of Tahiti.

1867–A 5.1 earthquake shakes Manhattan, Kansas.

1872–The volcano Vesuvius erupts.

1877–The Russian Empire declares war on the Ottoman Empire.

1880–Engineer, Gideon Sundback, is born Otto Fredrik Gideon Sundback on Sonarp farm in Odestugu Parish, in Jönköping County, Smaland, Sweden. He developed the zipper.

1885–American sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, is hired by Nate Salsbury to be a part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.

1888–The Eastman Kodak Company is established.

1890–Actor, Leslie Howard, is born in London, England. He is best known for the role of Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind. He returned to England during World War II and the plane he was on was shot down by the Nazis, because they thought Winston Churchill was on the flight.

1895–Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail single-handedly around the world, sets sail from Boston, Massachusetts aboard the sloop "Spray."

1897–The first journalist to be named White House news reporter is William Price of The Washington Star.

1899–Two women and a boy live to tell the story of being picked up by a tornado, flying far above the church steeples, before being gently set down again. The young boy and one of the ladies said they were flying alongside a horse. The horse kicked and struggled as it flew high above, and was set down unharmed about a mile away.

1904–The Lithuanian press ban is lifted after almost 40 years.

1904–Pioneer of Abstract Expressionism, Willem de Kooning, is born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His early work was primarily of two types: figures and abstractions. As his work progressed, significant elements of his abstract work began to filter into his more figurative paintings. By mid-century, his work was full-fledged abstract expressionism. Willem de Kooning was among the group of artists that came to be known as the New York School, along with Arshile Gorky, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Motherwell.

1905–American novelist and first Poet Laureate of the United States, Robert Penn Warren, is born in Guthrie, Kentucky. He is most famous for his novel All the King's Men, but his greatest influence is his literary criticism. He was a member of the New Critics, which developed in the years between the two world wars. He and Cleanth Brooks published college English literature anthologies which influenced a whole generation of college students by indoctrinating them with the notion of the importance of textual criticism and close reading.

1906–Mimi Smith is born Mary Elizabeth Stanley, in Liverpool, England. She was John Lennon’s parental guardian, “Aunt Mimi.” Lennon lived with his aunt, and uncle George Smith, for most of his childhood. He remained close to Mimi, even though she was highly dismissive of his musical ambitions, his girlfriends, and his wives. Despite later losing touch with other family members, Lennon telephoned his aunt every week until his death in 1980. The Smiths' house in Liverpool, named “Mendips,” was later donated to The National Trust by Yoko Ono. Mimi was portrayed on film in Birth of The Beatles (1979), John and Yoko: A Love Story (1985), In His Life: The John Lennon Story (2000), and Nowhere Boy (2010).

1907–Hershey Park opens with a baseball game that takes place on the new athletic field. Along with the field and grandstand, the park has a pavilion and bandstand. Picnicking and boating are the venue’s two main activities. Amusement rides and attractions will be added to the park in the following years and these include: a Merry-Go-Round, a Scenic Railroad, two Bowling Alleys, a Carousel (that features 53 animals: bears, deer, giraffes, goats, lions, ostriches, pigs, and rabbits, plus two chariots), a 1,500-seat Amphitheater, a Fun House, a Penny Arcade, the Joy Ride roller coaster, and Hersey Zoo.

1908–Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Murdock become the first to travel across America by car. They leave Los Angeles, California, in a Packard and arrive in New York City in 32 days, 5 hours, and 25 minutes.

1908–Severe thunderstorms spawn 18 tornadoes across the central Gulf Coast states, claiming the lives of 310 people.

1913–The skyscraper Woolworth Building in New York City is opened.

1914–The Franck-Hertz experiment, a pillar of quantum mechanics, is presented to the German Physical Society.

1914–Movie producer and director, William Castle, is born William Schloss, Jr. in New York, New York. After Alfred Hitchcock released Psycho, Castle jumped on the thriller bandwagon and directed a number of movies along those lines that included Homicidal. He would come up with wild promotion ideas for his movies, tacking an opening of himself speaking to most of his features. His other films include Macabre, House on Haunted Hill, The Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Mr. Sardonicus, Strait-Jacket, and I Saw What You Did.

1915–The arrest of 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Istanbul marks the beginning of the Armenian Genocide.

1916–The Easter Uprising in Dublin, Ireland, fails. Led by poet, Patrick Pearse, a band of Irish nationalists occupy the General Post Office and declare Irish independence from Great Britain. The English executed 15 rebels, including Pearse, who promptly became a great Irish martyr. It would be four years before the Irish Nationalists, led by Michael Collins, would be able to negotiate the long-aspired “Home Rule” for Ireland.

1916–Playwright and film and theater critic, Stanley Kauffmann, is born in New York, New York. Kauffmann would write for The New Republic.

1918–The first tank-to-tank combat takes place at Villers-Bretonneux, France, when three British Mark IVs meet three German A7Vs.

1922–The first segment of the Imperial Wireless Chain, providing wireless telegraphy between Leafield in Oxfordshire, England, and Cairo, Egypt, comes into operation.

1923–In Vienna, the paper “Das Ich und das Es” (“The Ego and the Id”) by Sigmund Freud is published, which outlines his theories of the id, ego, and super-ego.

1926–The Treaty of Berlin is signed. Germany and the Soviet Union each pledge neutrality in the event of an attack on the other by a third party for the next five years.

1928–The fathometer, to measure underwater depth, is patented.

1929–The first non-stop England-to-India flight takes-off.

1930–Film director, Richard Donner, is born Richard Donald Schwartzberg in the Bronx, New York. His films include Salt and Pepper, Twinky, The Omen, Superman, The Toy, The Goonies, Ladyhawke, Lethal Weapon, Scrooged, Radio Flyer, Maverick, and Conspiracy Theory.

1932–Benny Rothman leads the mass trespass of Kinder Scout, which will create substantial legal reforms in the United Kingdom.

1933–Nazi Germany begins its persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses by shutting down the Watch Tower Society office in Magdeburg.

1934–Mr. Laurens Hammond introduces his “pipeless organ.” His B3 and the “Leslie” speaker cabinet quickly became the standard in blues, and later, progressive rock and roll.

1934–Actress, Shirley MacLaine, is born Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia. She appeared in the films The Trouble with Harry, Artists and Models, Some Came Running, The Matchmaker, Ocean’s 11, Can-Can, The Apartment, The Children’s Hour, Two for the Seesaw, My Geisha, Irma la Douce, What a Way to Go!, Gambit, Woman Times Seven, Sweet Charity, Two Mules for Sister Sara, The Turning Point, Being There, Terms of Endearment, Out on a Limb, Steel Magnolias, Postcards from the Edge, Defending Your Life, Guarding Tess, and Mrs. Winterborne. Her brother is actor, Warren Beatty.

1936–Actress, Jill (Dorothy) Ireland, is born in London, England. She appeared in the films Twice Round the Daffodils, Twinky, Cold Sweat, The Valachi Papers, The Mechanic, Hard Times, Breakheart Pass, From Noon till Three, and Death Wish II. She was married to actors, David McCallum and Charles Bronson.

1940–Murder mystery writer, Sue (Taylor) Grafton, is born in Louisville, Kentucky. She is best known as the author of the “alphabet series” ("A" Is for Alibi, etc.) featuring private investigator, Kinsey Millhone, in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. Grafton publicly stated that the final novel in the series would be titled "Z" Is for Zero, but she did not live to complete it. She refused to sell the film and television rights to her books, as her time writing screenplays had "cured" her of the desire to work with Hollywood. Grafton also threatened to haunt her children if they sell the film rights after she is dead.

1940–Actor, Michael Parks, is born Harry Samuel Parks in Corona, California. He is best known for his starring role in the TV series Then Came Bronson. He appeared in the films Wild Seed, Bus Riley’s Back in Town, The Idol, The Happening, Stranger on the Run, Between Friends, Hard Country, Savannah Smiles, From Dusk till Dawn, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Grindhouse, Argo, and Django Unchained.

1942–Politician, Richard M. Daley, is born Richard Michael Daley in Chicago, Illinois. Daley was elected mayor in 1989, and was re-elected five times until declining to run for a seventh term. At 22 years, he was the longest-serving Chicago mayor, surpassing the tenure of his father, Richard J. Daley.

1942–Singer and actress, Barbra Streisand, is born Barbara Joan Streisand in Brooklyn, New York. During a career spanning six decades, she has become an icon in multiple fields of entertainment. Her hits include Happy Days Are Here Again, My Coloring Book, People, My Man, He Touched Me, Second Hand Rose, Free Again, The Way We Were, Evergreen, and You Don’t Bring Me Flowers. She appeared in the films Funny Girl, Hello Dolly, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, The Owl and the Pussycat, What's Up, Doc?, Up the Sandbox, The Way We Were, For Pete’s Sake, A Star Is Born, The Main Event, Yentl, Nuts, The Prince of Tides, and The Mirror Has Two Faces. She was married to actors, Elliot Gould and James Brolin.

1943–Richard Sterban, of The Oak Ridge Boys, is born in Camden, New Jersey.

1944–The United Negro College Fund is incorporated.

1944–Record producer, Tony Visconti, is born Anthony Edward Visconti in Brooklyn, New York. Since the late 1960s, he has worked with an array of performers. His lengthiest involvement with any artist was with David Bowie: intermittently from Bowie's second album in 1969 to the 2016 release Blackstar, Visconti produced and occasionally performed on many of Bowie's albums. He was married to singer, Mary Hopkin, and May Pang.

1945–Doug Clifford, drummer for Creedence Clearwater Revival, is born in Palo Alto, California.

1947–Author, Willa Cather, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at her home in Manhattan, New York, at age 73. She achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains, including O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and My Ántonia.

1948–American diplomat, Bernard Baruch, first uses the term “cold war” in a U.S. Senate hearing.

1949–Chocolate rationing ends in Britain.

1952–Fashion designer, Jean Paul Gaultier, is born in Arcueil, Val-de-Marne, France. His first individual collection was released in 1976, and his characteristic irreverent style dating from 1981 has led to his being known as the enfant terrible of French fashion.

1953–Queen Elizabeth II knights Winston Churchill. He refused a peerage after he left Downing Street, because he had made his career in the House of Commons.

1953–Actor, Eric Bogosian, is born in Woburn, Massachusetts. He appeared in the films Talk Radio, Witch Hunt, Dolores Claiborne, Deconstructing Harry, and Cadillac Records.

1955–The Bandung Conference ends: 29 non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa finish a meeting that condemns colonialism, racism, and the Cold War.

1955–Actor, Michael O'Keefe, is born Raymond Peter O'Keefe, Jr. in Mount Vernon, New York. He appeared in the films Gray Lady Down, The Great Santini, Caddyshack, The Slugger’s Wife, Ironweed, Fear, Ghosts of Mississippi, and Atlas Shrugged: Part I. He was married to singer, Bonnie Raitt.

1957–The Suez Canal is reopened following the introduction of UNEF peacekeepers to the region.

1957–The BBC first broadcasts The Sky at Night, presented by Patrick Moore.

1959–Your Hit Parade airs on American TV for the last time. The show had been on since 1935.

1959–The Drifters release their single There Goes My Baby. It is the first recording of the rock era to feature a string section.

1960–A 6.0 earthquake strikes Southern Iran, resulting in 420 deaths and 3,000 injuries.

1961–President John F. Kennedy accepts sole responsibility for the Bay of Pigs.

1961–Bob Dylan earns a flat $50 session fee for playing harmonica on Harry Belafonte’s Midnight Special. It is his recording debut.

1962–MIT sends the first TV signal by satellite, from California to Massachusetts.

1963–The U.S. conducts a nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1963–Princess Alexandra of Kent marries Hon Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey in London, England.

1963–The 17th NBA Championship: The Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2.

1964–Comedian-actor, Cedric the Entertainer, is born Cedric Anderson Kyles in Jefferson City, Missouri. He was originally the host on It's Showtime at the Apollo. He also hosted BET's ComicView during the 1993-1994 season, and Def Comedy Jam in 1995. He appeared in the films Big Momma’s House, Kingdom Come, Barbershop, Johnson Family Vacation, and Cadillac Records.

1965–Civil war breaks out in the Dominican Republic, when Colonel Francisco Caamaño overthrows the triumvirate that had been in power since the coup d'état against Juan Bosch.

1965–Actress, Louise Dresser, dies after surgery for an intestinal ailment in Woodland Hills, California, at age 85. She was a Vaudeville singer and appeared in silent films in the 1920s and 1930s.

1967–The 21st NBA Championship: The Philadelphia 76ers beat the San Francisco Warriors, 4 games to 2.

1967–Cosmonaut, Vladimir Komarov, dies in Soyuz 1, when the parachute fails to open. He was the first human to die during a space mission.

1968–The newly-formed Apple Records decides not to sign David Bowie.

1968–A chart topper: What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong.

1968–The USSR conducts a nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh.

1969–Paul McCartney says there is no truth to the rumors that he is dead.

1970–The first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched.

1970–The Gambia becomes a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations, with Dawda Jawara as the first President.

1970–Grace Slick and Abbie Hoffman leave a White House party without having dosed young Tricia Nixon with LSD as they had planned. The Jefferson Airplane singer was invited to the bash by Tricia, and took along Hoffman as her date. Hoffman was turned away at the gate and Slick went with him.

1972–John Lennon and Yoko Ono (with Elephant's Memory Band) appear on the Dick Cavett Show to launch the controversial song, Woman is the Nigger of the World. No radio station in the U.S. would play it. After the show, Lennon declares in an interview that he is being followed by agents of the U.S. government and that his phone is tapped.

1974–Comedian, Bud Abbott, dies of cancer in Woodland Hills, California, at age 78. Abbott crossed paths with comic, Lou Costello, in Burlesque a few times in the early 1930s and they formally teamed up in 1936. They went on to perform together in Burlesque, Vaudeville, minstrel shows, and stage shows. During World War II, Abbott and Costello were among the most popular and highest-paid stars in the world. The duo is best known for their classic comedy routine, “Who’s On First?” In the 1950s, they introduced their comedy to live television on The Colgate Comedy Hour, and launched their own half-hour series The Abbott and Costello Show.

1975–The U.S. conducts a nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.

1975–Pete Ham, of Badfinger, dies of suicide by hanging in Surrey, England, at age 27. His suicide note had the statement, "I will not be allowed to love and trust everybody. This is better." He left behind a pregnant girlfriend, who gave birth to their daughter one month after his death.

1976–Paul and Linda McCartney make an evening visit to John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Dakota apartment in New York City. By chance, John is watching the NBC-TV comedy show Saturday Night Live. The show happens to feature the famous Lorne Michaels “Beatles Reunion” offer. Michaels delivers his legendary speech, unbeknownst to him that two of the former Beatles are actually tuned in. John and Paul consider going down to the studio as a gag, but decide not to. It was a night that history was not made.

1980–Eight U.S. servicemen die in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempt to save 52 hostages and end the Iran hostage crisis.

1981–The IBM-PC (personal computer) is introduced. The IBM PC got the home computing revolution off to a big start, making it affordable for almost everyone to have a computer at their disposal.

1981–Willie Shoemaker wins his 8,000th horse race, 2,000 more than any other jockey.

1982–Singer, Kelly (Brianne) Clarkson, is born in Fort Worth, Texas. She was the first winner on the TV singing-competition series American Idol.

1983–Singer, Will Champlin, is born William Christopher Champlin in Reseda, California. He is best known for his appearance on Season 5 of the singing competition show, The Voice, as part of Adam Levine's team. He finished in third place. He is the youngest son of Bill Champlin, former member of Chicago.

1985–A 6.1 earthquake strikes in Luzon, Philippine Islands, resulting in six deaths and 11 injuries.

1986–Wallis Simpson (the Duchess of Windsor), dies after years of failing health in Paris, France, at age 89. She was an American socialite and Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII), abdicated his throne to marry her. In the 1950s and 1960s, she and the Duke shuttled between Europe and the United States, living a life of leisure as society celebrities. After the Duke's death in 1972, the Duchess lived in seclusion, and was rarely seen in public. Her private life has been a source of much speculation, and she remains a controversial figure in British history.

1990–Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of anthrax, after being in quarantine for 48 years.

1990–The Hubble Space Telescope is launched by the Space Shuttle Discovery.

1990–Securities law violator, Michael Milken, pleads guilty to six felonies.

1992–Vinson Pike is fined £1,000 for distributing obscene computer pictures.

1992–Rocker, David Bowie, marries supermodel, Iman, in Switzerland.

1993–An IRA bomb devastates the Bishopsgate area of London, England, killing a news photographer and injuring 44 others.

1993–The Firestone World Bowling Tournament of Champions is won by George Branham.

1994–Actress, Kelly Preston, marries actor, Lou Diamond Phillips.

1995–A package bomb (linked to the Unabomber) blows up, killing Gilbert B. Murray.

1996–The U.S. Congress passes the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act.

1997–Comedian, Pat Paulsen, dies of colon cancer in Tijuana, Mexico, at age 69. He is best known for his appearances on TV series The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

2004–The U.S. lifts the economic sanctions that were imposed on Libya 18 years ago, as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.

2004–Cosmetics entrepreneur, Estée Lauder, dies of a heart attack in Manhattan, New York, at age 95. She was the CEO of Estée Lauder Cosmetics.

2005–Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.

2005–Snuppy, an Afghan hound, becomes the world's first cloned dog. The puppy was created using a cell from an ear of an adult Afghan hound, and involved 123 surrogate mothers, of which only three produced pups (Snuppy being the sole survivor). The cloning was conducted by a team of 45, led by biomedical scientist, Hwang Woo-Sukin, of South Korea. Time magazine named Snuppy the "Most Amazing Invention" of the year.

2005–Politician, Ezer Weizman, dies of respiratory failure at his home in Caesarea, Israel, at age 80. He was not buried on Mt. Herzl, where Israeli presidents and prime ministers are usually interred, but alongside his son and daughter-in-law in Or Akiva. He was the seventh President of Israel, first elected in 1993 and re-elected in 1998. Before the presidency, he was commander of the Israeli Air Force and Minister of Defense.

2007–Singer, Whitney Houston, divorces R&B singer, Bobby Brown, due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage.

2007–Businessman, Warren Avis, dies of natural causes at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at age 91. He founded Avis Rent a Car System in 1946. He sold the company in 1954, for $8 million.

2008–Jazz musician, Jimmy Giuffre, dies of pneumonia in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, at age 86. He was a clarinet and saxophone player, composer, and arranger. As a sideman, he worked with Ray Brown, Buddy DeFranco, Herb Ellis, Shelly Manne, Shorty Rogers, Chet Baker, and The Modern Jazz Quartet.

2010–A tornado up to 1.75 miles wide travels 149 miles through Mississippi, leaving behind major destruction to businesses, churches, and homes.

2011–Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru and spiritual avatar, dies in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, India, at age 84. The Sathya Sai Organisation, founded by Sathya Sai Baba "to enable its members to undertake service activities as a means to spiritual advancement," has over 1,200 Sathya Sai Centres (branches) in 126 countries. Through this organisation, Sathya Sai Baba established a network of free hospitals, clinics, drinking water projects, auditoriums, ashrams, and schools.

2013–A 5.7 earthquake strikes Jalalabad, Afghanistan, killing 33 people and injuring 115 others.

2013–A building collapses near Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,129 people and injuring 2,500 others.

2014–Super-centenarian, Arturo Licata, dies of natural causes in Enna, Italy, at age 111 (and 357 days).

2015–A bomb threat made by an anonymous 911 caller forces the evacuation of hundreds of tourists from the Statue of Liberty, but a thorough sweep of the landmark by investigators turns up no explosives.

2015–Researchers at the University of Utah, using a technique called seismic tomography, detect a vast reservoir of partially molten rock under a smaller one that was already known to exist under Yellowstone National Park. Together, the two chambers make up the world's biggest known magma reservoir, equal to the size of the Great Lakes, and more than 11 times the volume of the Grand Canyon. The Yellowstone super-volcano last had a calderic eruption around 640,000 years ago: another one would be a disaster felt on a global scale.

2016–Singer, Billy Paul, dies of pancreatic cancer in Blackwood, New Jersey, at age 82. He is best known for his hit song Me and Mrs. Jones.

2017–Muhammad V is formally installed as the 15th King of Malaysia.

2017–A Filipino lawyer files a complaint of "mass murder and crimes against humanity" against Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and 11 other officials at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.

2017–Arkansas is set become the first U.S. state (since Texas in 2000) to hold two executions on the same day. as it prepares to execute convicted murderers Jack Jones, Jr. and Marcel Williams.

2017–Peggy Whitson, commander of the International Space Station (ISS), breaks the record for most total days spent in space by any NASA astronaut, at more than 534 days.

2017–Actor, Michael Mantenuto, dies of suicide by gunshot in Des Moines, Washington, at age 35. He is best known for the role of Jack O'Callahan in the Disney sports film Miracle.

2017–Writer and philosopher, Robert Pirsig, dies after a period of failing health in South Berwick, Maine, at age 88. He is best known for the book Zen and the Art and Motorcycle Maintenance. It is a first-person narrative based on a motorcycle trip he and his young son, Chris, took (from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to San Francisco, California) and serves as an exploration of the underlying metaphysics of Western culture.

2018–Planetary scientists detect hydrogen sulfide in Uranus’ upper clouds indicating that the planet smells like sulphur or rotten eggs.


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