A 12-year-old boy is killed and five other people are injured in a deliberate hit-and-run crash near a school in Loughton, Essex, United Kingdom.
Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the United Kingdom, announces he has sent a team to Essex to verify the identities of the 39 bodies found in a lorry this week, who are thought by UK authorities to be Chinese nationals. Post-mortems are due to begin today. The Northern Irish driver remains in police custody, suspected of murder.
Police discover 39 bodies inside a lorry container in Grays, Essex, UK. They had been transported from Zeebrugge, across the English Channel to Purfleet. The driver, a man from Northern Ireland, is arrested.
British cosmologist Stephen Hawking and Russian venture capitalist and physicist Yuri Milner announce " Breaktrough Starshot," a $100 million effort to plan a trip to the sun's closest stellar neighbor, Alpha Centauri, via developing nanotechnology that would put the craft within the star system roughly 20 years after leaving Earth.