New Zealand Rugby Union team routs Australia, 43-5 in Sydney to retain Bledisloe Cup (2-1) for 18th straight series; Wallabies’ largest ever defeat by All Blacks.
England beats Italy 34-5 in Rome to clinch 29th Six-Nations Rugby Championship; halfback Ben Youngs becomes second England player to earn 100th test cap.
The Statue of Unity in India was officially completed making it the world’s tallest statue at 597 ft (182 m).
The Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 was destroyed by a bomb.
The disaster happened over North Sinai, Egypt, and all 224 onboard lost their lives.
During tests, Virgin Galactic’s experimental spaceplane, VSS Enterprise, crashed into the Mojave Desert.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) stated that the world’s population had reached seven billion.
This became known as the Day of Seven Billion.
A shark bit off an arm of professional surfer Bethany Hamilton in Hawaiian waters.
Soyuz TM-31 was launched, carrying the first crew to reside long-term on the International Space Station.
The TM-31, launched from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome, was the first Soyuz spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station (ISS). An American Astronaut, William Shepherd, was a part of the crew, along with two Russian cosmonauts – Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev. They stayed aboard the ISS for 136 days.
Medal of Honor was released for PlayStation, instantly becoming the best shooter to date.
The story for this iconic WWII game was written and directed by Steven Spielberg, who was inspired to create a game based on the war after watching his son play Goldeneye 007. He wrote the story for Medal of Honor at the same time he was working on Saving Private Ryan.
The Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, was assassinated.
Her bodyguards carried out the attack in the morning in her New Delhi home.
The American psychological thriller “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane” with Joan Crawford and Bette Davis was released.
The Big Cat, aka Earl Lloyd, became the first African-American to play in the NBA.
After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore was completed.
Each president was initially depicted from head to waist, but lack of funding forced construction to end on this day.
The Spanish Flu was reported to have killed 21,000 people in the US in the week ending on this date.
Nevada became the 36th state to join the United States of America.
After over four years in the making, Michelangelo unveiled “The Last Judgment” painting at the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City.
The Kaaba caught fire and was burned down during the Siege of Mecca.