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The world's biggest lottery jackpot ever

The price of the record $1.6 billion US Powerball jackpot was split between ticket holders in 3 states – Tennessee, California, and Florida. Each of the 3 winning tickets was worth $528.8 million. The winning numbers were 08 27 34 04 19 and Powerball 10. Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, DC and two US territories.

Bill Gates steps down as Microsoft CEO

Bill Gates stepped down as CEO of Microsoft, however, he remained as chairman and created the position of chief software architect for himself. Since leaving day-to-day operations at Microsoft, Gates has continued his philanthropy and works on other projects.

The first African American governor in the U.S.

Douglas Wilder is an American politician, a Democrat, who served as the first African American to be elected as a governor. He has supported the death penalty since the 1970s. Wilder declared himself a candidate for President in 1992 but withdrew before primary season has ended.

The Gulag system of forced labor camps is officially abolished

Gulag was a forced-labor camp in the Soviet Union. The camps housed a wide range of convicts. The Gulag is recognized as a major instrument of political repression in the Soviet Union. The Russian penal system, despite reforms informally or formally continues many practices endemic to the Gulag system.

Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile

Henry Ford was a man obsessed with eschewing the status quo, one driven to continually improve any product or process he could. The Ford soybean car was named because its body panels were said to be constructed from a soy-based plastic. Henry hoped his new plastic material might replace the traditional metals used in cars.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous