This Day in History
2013 100 people are killed and 1,500 injured in a crackdown against protesters in Cairo, Egypt
2013 1,000 inmates escape from a prison in Benghazi, Libya
2012 Queen Elizabeth II announces the opening of the London Olympics at the opening ceremony
2012 30th Olympic Games opens at London, United Kingdom
2008 95th Tour de France won by Carlos Sastre of Spain
2007 Phoenix News Helicopter Collision: News helicopters from Phoenix, Arizona television stations KNXV and KTVK collide over Steele Indian School Park in central Phoenix while covering a police chase; there were no survivors. This was the first known incidence of two news helicopters colliding in mid-air, and the worst civil aviation incident in Phoenix history.
2006 The Federal Republic of Germany is deemed guilty in the loss of Bashkirian 2937 and DHL Flight 611, because it is illegal to outsource flight surveillance.
2005 STS-114: NASA grounds the Space shuttle, pending an investigation of the external tank's continued foam-shedding problem. During ascent, the external tank of the Space Shuttle Discovery sheds a piece of foam slightly smaller than the piece that caused the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster; this foam does not strike the spacecraft.
2003 90th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)
2003 A group of 321 Filipino armed soldiers called "Magdalo" took over the Oakwood Premier Ayala Center in Makati City to show the Filipino people the alleged corruption of the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration
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