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Chicago White Sox

Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle completes a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Mark Buehrle pitched the first perfect game in the major leagues in five years, leading the Chicago White Sox over the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 on Thursday.

Peter Harry Carstensen

Peter Harry Carstensen, premier of the state of Schleswig-Holstein, intentionally loses a vote of confidence, clearing the way for early elections simultaneously with the German federal election, 2009.


The FBI arrests 30 officials and rabbis in the U.S. state of New Jersey as part of a public corruption and international money laundering probe called Operation Bid Rig. Authorities also search a synagogue and remove several boxes.

Arrests include Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt, Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell and Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini

Republic of Ireland

Ireland's Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary.

SEACOM underwater cable

The SEACOM high speed internet link to East Africa goes live.


Voters in Kyrgyzstan go to the polls for a presidential election, as the main opposition candidate Almazbek Atambayev pulls out.

Bank of Canada

The Bank of Canada declares the recession has ended in Canada predicting the economy will grow by 1.3 per cent over the summer months.


Two Swedish passenger ferries sailing between the mainland and Gotland collide in fog just off the port of Nynäshamn south of Stockholm, injuring at least 15 people.

United States

The United States signs the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 9000 for the first time since January.

A report showing that sales of existing homes rose 3.6 percent in June and a flurry of positive earnings reports fueled the surge.