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PS Vita is released in North America

The PlayStation Vita is a handheld game console developed and released by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is the successor to the PlayStation Portable as part of the PlayStation brand of gaming devices. It was first released in Japan and later on in North America, Europe, and other worldwide regions. It primarily competes with the Nintendo 3DS as part of the 8th generation of video game consoles.

Britain launches decimal currency system

On Decimal Day, the United Kingdom and Ireland decimalized their currencies. The loss of value of the currency meant that the "old" penny, with the same diameter as the US half-dollar, was of relatively slight value, while the farthing, which was worth one-quarter of an old penny, was demonetized.

De Gaulle states France is willing to do all it can to end the Vietnam War

In response to a letter from Ho Chi Minh asking that French President Charles De Gaulle use his influence to “prevent perfidious new maneuvers” by the United States in Southeast Asia, De Gaulle stated that France was willing to do all that it could to end the war.

Canada adopts red maple leaf flag

The flag was inaugurated at an official ceremony held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, in the presence of Governor General Major-General Georges Vanier, the Prime Minister, other members of the Cabinet, and Canadian parliamentarians. The Red Ensign was lowered at the stroke of noon and the new maple leaf flag was raised.

The first computer for commercial use is tested

The LEO I was the first computer used for commercial business applications. The computer, carrying out a simple test program, was shown to HRH Princess Elizabeth. LEO series computers were still in use until 1981.

Singapore falls to Japan

The Japanese occupation of Singapore in World War II took place from 1942 to 1945, following the fall of the British colony. Military forces of the Empire of Japan took control of it after defeating the combined British, Indian, Australian, and Malayan garrison in the Battle of Singapore.

Assassination attempt on Franklin D. Roosevelt

Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt by Giuseppe Zangara, who expressed a "hate for all rulers." Attempting to shoot Roosevelt, Zangara instead mortally wounded Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak, who was sitting alongside Roosevelt.

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