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The planets Jupiter and Neptune experience a triple conjunction as seen from Earth.


Russia will supply US$1 billion of uranium to civilian nuclear reactors in the United States.

White tiger

A rare white tiger is euthanized after killing a zookeeper at the Zion Wildlife Gardens in Whangarei, New Zealand.

Soyuz TMA-15

Soyuz TMA-15 launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft with three astronauts on board blasted off from Kazakhstan on Wednesday in a mission that will increase the International Space Station crew to six for the first time.

Suicide attack

A suicide attack kills at least 35 people and injures 250 more in Lahore, Pakistan.


Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies purchases 1.96% of the social network service Facebook.

Digital Sky Technologies invested $200 million in the social networking company in return for a 1.96 percent stake.

North Korea

North Korea launches its fifth missile since testing a nuclear weapon on May 25.

FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona defeats Manchester United F.C. to win the 2008-09 UEFA Champions League Final.


United States President Barack Obama nominates Hispanic Roman Catholic theologian Miguel H. Diaz as Ambassador to the Holy See.