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2000 - France Concorde Crash
2000 : An Air France Concorde jet bound for New York crashes upon takeoff in Paris killing everyone on board as well as four people on the ground.

1917 - France Mata Hari
1917 : The exotic dancer Mata Hari is sentenced to execution by firing squad by a French court for spying on Germany's behalf during World War I.

1921 - U.S.A. Rum Runners
1921 : Rum runners are now taunting US authorities by sitting outside of the three mile limit with flags and signs saying come and get it. At night they disappear under cover of darkness to areas not patrolled and small fishing boats unload the cargo and deliver the booze back to shore.

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1939 - England IRA Bomb
1939 : A bomb planted in a baggage room on a London Railway station by the IRA has injured 14 people many seriously , the bomb is believed to have been planted by the Irish Republican Army.

1943 - Italy Benito Mussolini
1943 : Benito Mussolini, the prime minister and dictator of Italy for 21 years, was forced from office.

1952 - Puerto Rico Self Governing Commonwealth of US
1952 : After a number of years during which there were revolts including the Jayuya Uprising against the United States. Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the United States. The head of state is still George Bush and the Federal Legislative Branch is the United States Congress. The country is currently run by the New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico who hold control of the Puerto Rican House of Representatives and Senate who are campaigning for the right of Statehood for Puerto Rico.

1956 - U.S.A. Ocean Liners Collide
1956 : The Italian ocean liner Andrea Doria and the Swedish ocean liner Stockholm collide in a heavy Atlantic fog off the island of Nantucket on the New England coast. Fifty-one passengers and crew were killed in the collision, which ripped a great hole in the broad side of the Italian vessel Andrea Doria all 1,660 survivors were rescued from the ship before it sunk late the next morning.

1969 - Senator Edward Kennedy Chappaquiddick
1969 : Senator Edward Kennedy pleads guilty to leaving the scene of a crime (car accident on the island of Chappaquiddick where Mary Jo Kopechne drowned) and has been sentenced to a two-month suspended jail sentence.

1973 - Soviet Union Mars 5 Probe
1973 : The Soviet Union launched Mars 5, its second unmanned Mars probe on a six-month journey to the red planet.

1978 - Great Britain First Test Tube Baby
1978 : Lesley Brown gave birth to the world's first test tube baby (in-vitro fertilization) delivered by cesarean section in Oldham, England. Dr. Patrick Steptoe and Dr. Robert Edwards developed the process to conceive a child in a laboratory and then plant in a uterus to develop normally.

1978 - Britain Motability Scheme Launched
1978 : A new scheme in Britain (Motability scheme) to provide cars for disabled people is launched in Earl's Court, London. The scheme allows disabled people to use part of their mobility allowance to lease new, modified cars for the disabled.

1986 - India Hindu Murder
1986 : Masked Sikhs stopped an inter city bus in Punjab State and ordered all Hindus off the bus , they then shot and murdered the Hindus in a hail of automatic gunfire.

1992 - Spain Barcelona Olympics
1992 : After 20 years of Boycotts of the Olympic games the Barcelona Olympic Games becomes the first games with no major boycotts and a record number of 169 nations taking part in the opening parade.

1999 - France Lance Armstrong
1999 : Just three years after being diagnosed with testicular cancer, American Lance Armstrong won the first of seven consecutive Tour de France victories.

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2000 - U.S.A. Dick Cheney
2000 : George Bush chooses Dick Cheney to be his running mate on the Republican presidential ticket.

2006 - Russia / Georgia Tensions
2006 : On this day the country of Georgia deployed troops to the Kodori gorge, a strategic military location in the Abkhazia region. Both Russian and the Abkhaz government protested the move by Georgia citing it as a violation of the 1994 Moscow ceasefire. Georgia responded by demanding that Russia remove its troops from Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

2007 - Canada Oil Pipe Breaks
2007 : An oil pipe in Vancouver, Canada burst when a construction crew accidentally dug into the pipeline on this day, creating a geyser of crude oil. Some fifty homes in the suburb were evacuated and the oil spilled for over twenty minutes before the flow to the pipe was turned off.

2007 - Democratic Republic of Congo Mountain Gorillas Killed
2007 : Four more mountain gorillas have been found shot in the Virunga National Park, home to 380 mountain gorillas over half the worlds population of this endangered species. Unlike many of the murders of these endangered animals this is not the work of poachers, but something even more sinister ( the latest speculation is that this is the work of rebels who think killing the endangered species is a way of hurting the Congolese authorities ). This brings the total killed this year to seven gorillas including 2 silverbacks earlier this year.

2009 - England Last World War I Vet Dies
2009 : Britain’s last living World War I veteran died on this day. Harry Patch, a 111-year-old former plumber refused to talk about his war experiences until he reached the age of 100. For eleven years before his death he traveled around and received honors while speaking on his life experiences in the first world war.

2011 - Syria Will Allow Political Parties
2011 : The Syrian government announced that it has adopted a draft law which would allow the formation of political parties other than the Baath party in the country. The Baath party has acted as the ruling party in Syria for almost fifty years. The announcement was made in hopes of appeasing anti-government protesters who demanded government reforms including a multi-party system.

2012 - Greek Athlete Expelled From Olympics
2012 : Voula Papachristou was expelled from competing in the 2012 London Olympics on the Greek team because of comments that she posted on Twitter. The triple jump competitor had supported Greece's far-right party and had also mocked African immigrants on Twitter and the Hellenic Olympic Committee deemed her remarks to go against the Olympic spirit and expelled her from the games only a few days before the games were to start. Papachristou apologized for her comments.

2013 - Spain Train Crash Kills and Injures Many
2013 : A train derailed and crashed in northwestern Spain. At least seventy-seven passengers were killed and over one-hundred were injure of the 218 on board. All eight of the trains carriages came off the track and it is possible that the train was traveling twice as fast as the speed limit when it went around a curve.

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Matt LeBlanc
Born: July 25th, 1967, Newton, Massachussetts
Known For : LeBlanc began his career appearing in commercials and music videos. He's most well-known for his role as Joey Tribbiani on the TV show "Friends," he played the character for ten seasons until the show's end in 2004. He also starred in a spin-off series title "Joey" which lasted for 2 years. Following that, LeBlanc starred in the series "Episodes" which ran from 2011 to 2017. Matt's first job was as a fashion model and he also went drama school.