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19 Jul
2014
James Garner, U.S. star of hit TV series The Rockford Files and films including The Great Escape, died aged 86. He won an Emmy in 1977 for the role of laconic private investigator…James Garner, U.S. star of hit TV series The Rockford Files and films including The Great Escape, died aged 86. He won an Emmy in 1977 for the role of laconic private investigator Jim Rockford and starred in 122 episodes of the hugely successful show from 1974 to 1980
4 years ago
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19 Jul
2013
Mel Smith, British actor, director and producer, died from a heart attack at age 60. He was best known for his work on the comedy sketch shows Not the Nine O’Clock News and Alas…Mel Smith, British actor, director and producer, died from a heart attack at age 60. He was best known for his work on the comedy sketch shows Not the Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones. In 1981 he co-founded Talkback, one of the UK’s largest producers of TV entertainment
5 years ago
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19 Jul
2012
Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution proposing further sanctions on Syria, prompting an angry response by the West. The U.S. and France and Britain, which…Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution proposing further sanctions on Syria, prompting an angry response by the West. The U.S. and France and Britain, which proposed the resolution, intended to push Syria into implementing a peace plan to ending its 17-month-old conflict, said the UN had failed the people of Syria
6 years ago
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19 Jul
2010
Cecile Aubry, French actress and author, died from lung cancer at age 81. She made a number of successful movies in the 1940s and 50s, but announced her retirement from film in…Cecile Aubry, French actress and author, died from lung cancer at age 81. She made a number of successful movies in the 1940s and 50s, but announced her retirement from film in 1959, and concentrated on writing children’s books and scenarios for children’s television, including Belle et Sebastien, about a boy and a dog. The main character was played by her son, Mehdi, from a secret six-year marriage to Si Brahim El Glaoui, the eldest son of the pasha of Marrakesh
8 years ago
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19 Jul
2010
Australian scientist David Warren died in Melbourne at age 85. He was best known for inventing and developing the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, or “black…Australian scientist David Warren died in Melbourne at age 85. He was best known for inventing and developing the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, or “black boxes”, which have proved crucial in the investigation of air accidents. He came up with the idea after investigating a crash of the world’s first commercial jet airliner, the Comet, in 1953. Warren was buried in a casket bearing the label “Flight Recorder Inventor; Do Not Open”
8 years ago
19 Jul
2010
China surpassed the U.S. as the world’s biggest energy consumer. The U.S. remained the top energy user per capitaChina surpassed the U.S. as the world’s biggest energy consumer. The U.S. remained the top energy user per capita
8 years ago
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19 Jul
2010
Two trains collided in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, India, killing 66 people and injuring 165. The Uttar Banga Express entered Sainthia station at full speed, even though…Two trains collided in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, India, killing 66 people and injuring 165. The Uttar Banga Express entered Sainthia station at full speed, even though it was scheduled to stop there. It smashed into the rear of the Vananchal Express as it was pullling away from the platform, destroying the last three coaches. The driver did not brake or heed numerous stop messages, leading to suspicions that he and the co-driver may have been drugged, though post-mortems did not confirm this
8 years ago
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19 Jul
2009
American-Irish author Frank McCourt died from cancer in New York. He was best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela’s Ashes (1996), which detailed his impoverished…American-Irish author Frank McCourt died from cancer in New York. He was best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela’s Ashes (1996), which detailed his impoverished childhood in Limerick
9 years ago
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19 Jul
2009
Henry Surtees, son of British motorsport legend John Surtees, was killed in a freak accident during a Formula Two race at Brands Hatch in Kent. Surtees, 18, was struck by a wheel…Henry Surtees, son of British motorsport legend John Surtees, was killed in a freak accident during a Formula Two race at Brands Hatch in Kent. Surtees, 18, was struck by a wheel which flew off another driver’s car and was airlifted to hospital but died from head injuries. Surtees’ father John was the only man to be World Champion on both two wheels and four wheels
9 years ago
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19 Jul
2009
Fire destroyed a barracks in the Netherlands where Anne Frank worked before her deportation to the Nazi concentration camp where she died during World War II. Anne and her sister…Fire destroyed a barracks in the Netherlands where Anne Frank worked before her deportation to the Nazi concentration camp where she died during World War II. Anne and her sister Margo worked at the Westerbork barracks for about four weeks in the late summer of 1944 after the family, who had been hiding from the Nazis for two years in Amsterdam, was betrayed to the Germans. A museum dedicated to Frank, who died in March 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany at the age of 15, had planned to take over the building later this year. Anne Frank’s diary has been published in more than 70 languages since its discovery and first release in 1947, and remains one of the world’s most-read books
9 years ago
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19 Jul
2009
Floods in Karachi, Pakistan’s financial centre, killed at least 26 people. The dead either drowned, were electrocuted or died under collapsing roofs, following the worst rains in…Floods in Karachi, Pakistan’s financial centre, killed at least 26 people. The dead either drowned, were electrocuted or died under collapsing roofs, following the worst rains in the region for 30 years
9 years ago
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19 Jul
2008
Cambodia and Thailand increased their forces as a tense standoff continued on disputed land near a Hindu temple on the border. The 11th century Preah Vihear temple had recently…Cambodia and Thailand increased their forces as a tense standoff continued on disputed land near a Hindu temple on the border. The 11th century Preah Vihear temple had recently been given UN World Heritage status
10 years ago
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19 Jul
2007
Remote sensing experts announced they had found what could be a vast underground lake beneath one of the driest and most troubled places in the world, the Darfur region of western…Remote sensing experts announced they had found what could be a vast underground lake beneath one of the driest and most troubled places in the world, the Darfur region of western Sudan. The discovery of the buried lakebed, the size of the U.S. state of Massachusetts, sparked hopes that it could bring peace to the region where water scarcity was among contributing factors fuelling the ethnic conflict in which more than 200,000 people had died. Other experts, however, were less optimistic, saying that the lake probably dried up thousands of years ago due to too little rain and the wrong rock types for water storage
11 years ago
19 Jul
2007
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 14,000 points for the first timeThe Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 14,000 points for the first time
11 years ago
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19 Jul
2007
The largest haul of Viking treasure discovered in Britain for over 150 years was unveiled. The hoard, discovered near Harrogate in northern England, included coins, ornaments and…The largest haul of Viking treasure discovered in Britain for over 150 years was unveiled. The hoard, discovered near Harrogate in northern England, included coins, ornaments and ingots, and was thought likely to have been buried by a wealthy Viking leader following a conflict with the Anglo-Saxon king Athelstan in 927AD
11 years ago
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19 Jul
2006
U.S. President George W. Bush vetoed a bill passed by Congress for the first time in his presidency. Both houses of Congress had approved a bill that would have ended restrictions…U.S. President George W. Bush vetoed a bill passed by Congress for the first time in his presidency. Both houses of Congress had approved a bill that would have ended restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research but Bush agreed with pro-life campaigners who claimed that stem cell research destroys human lives
12 years ago
19 Jul
2006
Britain experienced its hottest-ever July day when the temperature at Wisley, Surrey, reached 36.5C, or 97.7F, beating a record that had lasted since 1911Britain experienced its hottest-ever July day when the temperature at Wisley, Surrey, reached 36.5C, or 97.7F, beating a record that had lasted since 1911
12 years ago
19 Jul
2006
An aristocratic house believed to be the birthplace of Augustus, the first emperor of ancient Rome, was discovered under the Palatine Hill in the cityAn aristocratic house believed to be the birthplace of Augustus, the first emperor of ancient Rome, was discovered under the Palatine Hill in the city
12 years ago
19 Jul
2004
A mining company in the West African nation of Guinea confirmed it had found a good-quality 182-carat diamond, four times the size of the Hope diamondA mining company in the West African nation of Guinea confirmed it had found a good-quality 182-carat diamond, four times the size of the Hope diamond
14 years ago
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19 Jul
2002
A judicial inquiry in Britain concluded that family doctor Harold Shipman had killed 215 patients over 23 years. Shipman, from Hyde, Greater Manchester, was jailed for life in 2000…A judicial inquiry in Britain concluded that family doctor Harold Shipman had killed 215 patients over 23 years. Shipman, from Hyde, Greater Manchester, was jailed for life in 2000 for the murders of 15 of his patients, but judge Dame Janet Smith concluded that he was responsible for at least 200 more deaths, making him Britain's worst serial killer
16 years ago
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19 Jul
2002
Scientists studying how to prevent the northern snakehead, a voracious Chinese fish that had become established in a pond in the U.S. state of Maryland, from spreading into rivers…Scientists studying how to prevent the northern snakehead, a voracious Chinese fish that had become established in a pond in the U.S. state of Maryland, from spreading into rivers and streams, recommended poisoning all the fish in the pond and then reestablishing native populations. The super predator fish was able to "walk", survive for three days on land and eat other fish, frogs and even small mammals, prompting fears of devastation to local ecosystems
16 years ago
19 Jul
2001
Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, began erupting, forcing emergency services in Sicily to build defences as lava spewed at high speed towards the town of NicolosiMount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, began erupting, forcing emergency services in Sicily to build defences as lava spewed at high speed towards the town of Nicolosi
17 years ago
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19 Jul
2001
Jeffrey Archer, millionaire novelist and fomer leading light of Britain's Conservative Party, was jailed for four years after being found guilty of perjury and perverting the…Jeffrey Archer, millionaire novelist and fomer leading light of Britain's Conservative Party, was jailed for four years after being found guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice. The jury unanimously found Lord Archer guilty of lying and cheating in his 1987 libel case against a tabloid newspaper
17 years ago
19 Jul
1999
A record-breaking heatwave, which claimed over 200 lives, began in the eastern United StatesA record-breaking heatwave, which claimed over 200 lives, began in the eastern United States
19 years ago
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