Scolds Apple in-app purchases

The Commission criticizes Apple for not offering “concrete and immediate” plans to stop users from being misled by “free” apps. Many popular apps in the company’s app store are free to download but are designed to tempt users to pay for upgrades or in-game enhancements to allow quicker progression. The Commission now forces the biggest […]

Liable over 300 Srebrenica deaths

The Hague district court finds the state liable for the death of more than 300 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in the Srebrenica massacre in July 1995, but clears the state over the deaths of more than 7,000 other men killed in and around Srebrenica . The said deaths were among the 5,000 Bosniaks (Bosnian […]

Plans crime book spree

In an interview by fellow crime author Val McDermid, the writer reveals her plan to write crime novels that will outnumber her Harry Potter books. She has already written two crime novels under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, and is half-way through writing the third. The novels follow Cormoran Strike, a private detective and former military […]

Hotels allow guests to ‘pay what you want’

Five hotels in Paris launch a scheme to allow guests to “pay what you want”. The participating three- and four-star hotels are located in the city’s 9th and 11th districts, a bit far from Paris’ tourist centers. The idea came from Aldric Duval, the head of the Tour d’Auvergne hotel, and it is intended to attract more tourists […]

Most liked Facebook celebrity

Shakira is the first person to attract more than 100 million fans on Facebook and becomes the most “liked” celebrity on the social network, ahead of Eminem and Rihanna who have 91.9 million and 89 million fans respectively. During the World Cup, Shakira has been active in Facebook, and a photograph of her taken during the event […]

Monterey Festival

Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company perform Ball & Chain at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. She also meets Albert Grossman, Bob Dylan’s manager, who agrees to work with them for their first album. D.A. Pennebaker films the festival. In the video, “Mama” Cass Elliot is caught in awe of Janis’ performance.

Shoots Malala Yousafzai

The militant group shoots Yousafzai in a school bus in Swat Valley, Pakistan. According to the police, the bus was preparing to drive students home after their morning classes, when a member of the Taliban boarded the bus in search of Yousafzai. Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for the Taliban, claims responsibility for the shooting on […]

Djokovic, Ristic engagement

The player announces his engagement to his longtime girlfriend, Jelena Ristic, in his twitter account. Ristic, who has been with him for eight years now. His fiancée responds with the tweet by sharing a picture of them kissing and thanks all those who have been wishing them well. Meet my fiancé and future wife 🙂 So happy! […]

Second Wimbledon title

The athlete wins his second Wimbledon title after beating Roger Federer in five sets: 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4, which lasted for 3 hours and 55 minutes. The player wins in the last set with the help of four mistakes by his opponent, denying the Swiss player his eighth title in the said tournament. Novak’s […]

Allows women bishops

 After a five-hour debate by the General Synod, the governing body of the Church of England, the church votes to allow women  bishops. overturning centuries-old tradition. Since the approval of female priests in the church in 1992, the issue on women bishops has caused internal division in the Synod. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual leader […]

I am Malala

The schoolgirl releases her autobiography, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban. The book is co-written with Christina Lamb, a British journalist. It details the Taliban’s attack on the school bus she was riding where she was shot in the head. The book also describes the […]

UN declares Malala Day

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declares July 12 as ‘Malala Day’ in honor of the Pakistani schoolgirl’s stand to ensure  education for all. Malala celebrates her 16th birthday by giving her address in the UN Youth Assembly, attended by nearly 1,000 youth leaders. In the gathering, the schoolgirl says that the attack on her by the Taliban […]

Meets with Nigerian President

The Pakistani schoolgirl meets with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria in the country’s capital, Abuja. Her visit is in support of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from a school in Chibok, Nigeria on a few months ago. Over the weekend, Malala met some of the schoolgirls who were able to escape […]

Djokovic, Ristic marry

The Serbian-born athlete marries his pregnant girlfriend Jelena Ristic, just four days after winning the Wimbledon. The wedding takes place in the grounds of Aman Sveti Stefan resort in Montenegro. The wedding was originally scheduled on June 14 but Novak made a last minute decision to postpone it to concentrate for Wimbledon. I was trying […]

Janis Joplin dies at 27

Just 16 days after Jimi Hendrix was found dead at 27, Joplin dies at the same age due to accidental heroin overdose. She planned to meet her fiancee Seth Morgan and Peggy Caserta, but instead, she is found face down in her room at Hollywood’s Landmark Hotel with fresh puncture marks in her arm. Her father, Seth […]

Piece of my Heart

The singer and Big Brother and the Holding Company release their blues rock version of Piece of My Heart from the album Cheap Thrills. The song was written by Bert Berns and Jerry Ragovoy, and was first recorded in 1967 by soul artist Erma Franklin. The song makes it to no. 12 in the U.S. pop chart. While […]

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee

About 25 years after her death, the singer becomes an inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She is presented by Melissa Etheridge. Other inductees this year are Neil Young, The Allman Brothers, Band, Led Zeppelin, Al Green, Frank Zappa, and Martha and the Vandellas. Etheridge: I wish she would have survived; then maybe […]

Forms Kozmic Blues Band

Taking Andrew with her, Joplin leaves Big Brother and The Holding Company to form the Kozmic Blues Band, which includes a full horn section. Andrew recalls the reasons why he and Joplin left the Big Brother. I’m blaming that on her, because she’s not here and can’t defend herself. [laughs] It was a really stupid decision, but […]

Joins Big Brother & The Holding Company

After hearing from Chet Helms that a band in San Francisco, Big Brother & The Holding Company, is looking for a lead singer, Joplin goes for an audition. Sam Andrew, a member of the band, remembers how they were impressed with her voice and starts to do gigs with her. She also learns to adjust her […]

Janis Joplin born in Port Arthur, Texas

Janis Lyn Joplin is born in St. Mary’s Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas to a middle-class family. She is the first child of Seth Ward and Dorothy Joplin. Her father works as an engineer at a refinery, while her mother is a Sunday school teacher. She is a pretty, bright, and artistic little girl. In […]

Launches britain’s biggest warship

The Queen smashes a bottle of whisky on the hull of a 65,000-tonne Royal Navy aircraft carrier, officially naming the warship as HMS Queen Elizabeth. The ceremony takes place at Fife’s Rosyth Dockyard. The vessel is the first of two aircraft carriers being built involving more than 10,000 people at more than 100 companies in […]

Re-enactment video leaks

A video of the paralympic athlete re-enacting the night he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, airs on Australia’s Channel Seven. The video was filmed by The Evidence Room, a US company specializing in forensic animation of crime scenes, which was engaged by the athlete’s defense team. Brian Webber, a member of the defense team, accuses Channel […]

Real Madrid No.9

Real Madrid presents the player wearing no.9, previously worn by Alfredo di Stefano, to 80,000 fans at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. He is now the most expensive footballer in the world after transferring to the team for £80 million. For me, I have made my childhood dream a reality, which was nothing less than playing […]

Cristiano Ronaldo born in Madeira, Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is born to Jose Dinez Aveiro and Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro. His mother names him after the former US president, Ronald Reagan. He is the fourth child in the family, the younger brother of Hugo, Elma and Katia. His father works as a kit man for the amateur football club […]

Nature exploitation ‘sin of modern times’

The Pope brands the destruction of rain forests in South America and other forms of environmental exploitation as a sin of our time. He calls for more respect for nature and urges the attendees of his address at the University of Molise to convert themselves: to a type of development that knows how to respect creation. […]

Admits fathering boy

The player announces in his Facebook page and twitter account that he has a son who was named after him. He has full custody over the child while the child’s mother prefers to keep her identity confidential. Ronaldo requests his privacy and for his baby as well but speculations continue as to who the mother […]

Manchester United signs

Ferguson signs the 18-year-old player in the 2003 pre-season for £12.24million. Ferguson also gives the player the number 7, previously worn by Eric Cantona and David Beckham. The number 7 shirt is an honor and a responsibility. I hope it brings me a lot of luck.