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Tom Holland (born 1 June 1996) is an English actor, whose accolades include a British Academy Film Award and three Saturn Awards. His career began at age nine, when he auditioned for a role in Billy Elliot the Musical at London's Victoria Palace Theatre; he played the title role from 2008 to 2010. Holland made his film debut in the disaster drama The Impossible (2012) as a teenage tourist trapped in a tsunami. He achieved international recognition playing Spider-Man (Peter Parker) in six Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) superhero films, beginning with Captain America: Civil War (2016). The following year, Holland received the BAFTA Rising Star Award and became the youngest actor to play a title role in an MCU film in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The sequels Far From Home (2019) and No Way Home (2021) each grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, and the latter became the highest-grossing film of the year. Some publications have called him one of the most popular actors of his generation. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that the Passive Seismic Experiment Package (pictured) recorded one of the first instances of humans littering on another planetary body?
- ... that only 45 per cent of babies born in 1851 in Victorian-era Liverpool, England, lived to be 20 years old?
- ... that walk-on basketball player Josh Bartelstein was the captain of the national runner-up 2012–13 Michigan Wolverines?
- ... that weather whiplash is the phenomenon of rapid swings between extremes of weather conditions?
- ... that Linda Yaccarino, Twitter's new chief executive officer, created an advertising campaign for COVID-19 vaccines that featured Pope Francis?
- ... that Keith Carradine met his future wife, actress and model Hayley DuMond, on the set of the 1999 film The Hunter's Moon?
- ... that during the Polish–Soviet War, Lithuanian-Belorussian Soviet Republic People's Commissar for Justice Yitzhak Weinstein-Branovsky organized revolutionary militias in villages near Utena?
- ... that in a segment filmed for The Late Report, comedian John Safran got frisked by police after going to a McDonald's restaurant dressed up as Ronald McDonald?
In the news
- In cricket, the Indian Premier League concludes with the Chennai Super Kings defeating the Gujarat Titans in the final (player of the match Devon Conway pictured).
- In auto racing, Josef Newgarden wins the Indianapolis 500.
- Rock singer and actress Tina Turner dies at the age of 83.
- The International Booker Prize is awarded to Time Shelter, written by Georgi Gospodinov and translated by Angela Rodel.
- Twenty children are killed in a fire at a secondary school dormitory in Mahdia, Guyana.
- In golf, Brooks Koepka wins the PGA Championship.
On this day
- 1794 – French Revolutionary Wars: A British fleet captured six ships of the line from the French in a battle off Ushant (pictured) that came to be known as the Glorious First of June.
- 1857 – The Revolution of the Ganhadores, the first general strike in Brazil, began in Salvador, Bahia.
- 1868 – The Navajo and the U.S. government signed an agreement, allowing those interned at Fort Sumner to return to their ancestral lands.
- 1974 – In an informal article in a medical journal, Henry Heimlich introduced the concept of abdominal thrusts, commonly known as the Heimlich maneuver, to treat choking victims.
- 1988 – The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was ratified, banning all American and Soviet land-based missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 km (310 to 3,420 mi).
- Marguerite Porete (d. 1310)
- Lady Clementina Hawarden (b. 1822)
- Parveen Kumar (b. 1942)
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A rainbow is an optical phenomenon that can occur under certain meteorological conditions. It is caused by refraction, internal reflection and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a continuous spectrum of light appearing in the sky. The rainbow takes the form of a multicoloured circular arc. Although a rainbow spans a continuous spectrum of colours, it is traditionally assigned a discrete sequence, with red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet as the most common list. The rainbow inspired the rainbow flag, a symbol of LGBT pride and Pride Month. This portion of a rainbow, appearing to rise from a lakeside forest, was photographed in 2005 in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada.
Photograph credit: Wing-Chi Poon
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