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1976 - Nadia Comaneci Perfect 10
1976 : The first perfect 10 ever recorded in Olympic gymnastics was achieved up by Romania's 4-foot-11, 88-pound Nadia Comaneci on the women's uneven parallel bars.
1922 - U.S.A. Mineworkers Strike
1922 : President Harding has put in place plans to break the stranglehold of the mineworkers strike which is now effecting power stations and electricity across the country. Mines will begin operating with strikebreakers protected by federal troops.
1925 - Germany Mein Kampf
1925 : Nazi leader Adolf Hitler publishes the first volume of his personal manifesto, Mein Kampf which was a bitter and turgid narrative filled with anti-Semitic outpourings, disdain for morality, worship of power, and the blueprints for his plan of Nazi world domination.
1936 - Spanish Civil War
1936 : The Spanish Civil War starts as a revolt by right wing Spanish military officers in Morocco which spreads to mainland Spain. From the Canary Islands, General Francisco Franco broadcasts a message calling for all army officers to join the uprising and overthrow Spain's leftist Republican government.
1948 - France Juan Manuel Fangio
1948 : Possibly one of the greatest racing drivers (Juan Manuel Fangio) from Argentina started his career making his Formula One debut finishing 12th at the Grand Prix de l'ACF in France. He went on to win five Formula One titles.
1969 - U.S.A. Chappaquiddick
1969 : A car driven by Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy plunged off a narrow wooden bridge into a tidal pond after leaving a party on Chappaquiddick Island , Kennedy escaped the submerged car but his passenger, a secretary (Mary Jo Kopechne) who was riding with him, drowned in the accident. Kennedy was later convicted of leaving the scene of an accident.
1981 - Ireland Hunger Strike Protest
1981 : 10,000 take part in a march through Dublin in support of republican hunger strikers in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland. The march was marred when protesters protest outside the British Embassy and begin fighting with police protecting the embassy who then charged protesters leaving more than 200 needing hospital treatment.
1984 - U.S.A. McDonalds Murders
1984 : 21 people were shot dead and 19 injured in a San Ysidro, California McDonald's by James Oliver Huberty who had told his wife as he was leaving with 3 guns (A 9mm Uzi semi-automatic, Winchester pump-action twelve-gauge shotgun, a 9mm Browning HP) that he was "hunting humans". The killings only ended when he was fatally shot by a SWAT team sniper.
1984 - England Dockers Strike
1984 : With the dockers strike now in it's 10th day Truckers stuck on both sides of the English channel are blockading the passenger ferry ports in protest at the strike. The Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is expected to declare a nationwide state of emergency later this week if the dock workers and miners strike do not end and bring in troops to keep the country running.
1998 - Papua New Guinea Tidal Wave
1998 : A tidal wave of 23 ft runs along the coast of Papua New Guinea wiping out Low lying fishing villages that were completely washed away and killing over 3,000 people.
2003 - U.S.A. Kobe Bryant
2003 : Basketball star Kobe Bryant is charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old hotel employee at a hotel in Edwards, Colorado. Charge dropped because the woman did not want to go ahead with a trial.
2005 - Eric Robert Rudolph Sentenced
2005 : Eric Rudolph (Olympic Park Bomber) is sentenced in Birmingham, Ala., to life in prison for an abortion clinic bombing that killed an off-duty police officer and maimed a nurse. He was arrested in May 2003
. Eric Robert Rudolph was on the FBI's 10 most wanted list from 5th May 1998 to 31st May 2003 for a series of bombings including: Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta on July 27th
, 1996 (1996 Summer Olympics) which killed spectator Alice Hawthorne and wounded 111 others, Abortion clinic bombing in Sandy Springs, Atlanta on January 16, 1997, The Otherside Lounge ( Gay and Lesbian Nightclub ) in Atlanta on February 21st
, 1997, injuring five, Abortion clinic Bombing in Birmingham, Alabama on 1998
, killing officer Robert Sanderson and critically injuring nurse Emily Lyons.
2006 - Iraq Japan Withdraws Troops
2006 : This day marks the final withdraw of Japanese troops from Iraq. The Japanese troops could only contribute on humanitarian and reconstruction fronts during their stay in Iraq because of their constitution, which disallows the use of force in international disputes. Some Japanese believed that their involvement in the Iraq war violated their constitution, which was created by the United States in 1947
after World War II.
2007 - Brazil Plane Crash Sao Paulo
2007 : A plane crashed in Sao Paulo, Brazil on this day, killing up to 200 people. None of the 186 passengers on the plane survived as the plane crashed after losing control on the wet runway, hitting a fuel depot, exploding on impact.
2008 - Nepal No President Elected
2008 : After deliberation, Nepal’s assembly was unable to elect a president on this day. This particular election was important because it came only months after the country abolished its monarchy. The lack of consensus also caused further delay within the assembly itself, because they need a president there to swear in a new prime minister.
2009 - Space Shuttle Endeavour Docks With Space Station
2009 : The crew of the space shuttle Endeavour reached the International Space Station on this day. The addition of Endeavour’s crew to the orbit made that the greatest number of astronauts ever together in orbit, at a total of thirteen.
2012 - Nazi War Crimes Suspect Detained
2012 : Laszlo Csatary, a ninety-seven year old suspected Nazi war criminal was detained and put under house arrest in Budapest. Csatary was a Hungarian police officer who the Simon Wiesenthal Center believed took part in the deportation of 15,700 Jews from the city of Kosice to the Auschwitz death camp.
2013 - Mandela Spends Birthday in Hospital
2013 : Nelson Mandela spent his 95th birthday in the hospital as he was being treated for a lung infection. The former South African leader and national hero was to be celebrated throughout the country in honor of his birthday.
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Born: Mark Sinclair Vincent, July 18th, 1967, New York City
Known For : A night club bouncer in 1984, Mark left Hunter College to work in a movie, and found a role in Saving Private Ryan by meeting Steven Spielberg. He has since been in The Iron Giant, Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Pacifier, Babylon A.D. and the Fast and Furious. He has started his own production company and is known to keep his private life to himself.