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Brazil beats recession with the first month of job creation in two years

Brazil's gross domestic product fell by 3.9% due to a drop in salaries, restrictions on credit and a rise in the basic interest rate. Two years later the economy went up 1.4% and the recession had finally ended.

Saudi's King visits China, deals worth $65bn signed

Saudi Arabia's King Salman started a month-long Asian tour with a visit to Beijing, where the two countries signed a broad range of deals potentially worth $65 billion. According to Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhang Ming, they agreed on memorandums of understanding, involving everything from energy to space.

Nutella maker Ferrero buys U.S. confectioner Fannie May

Ferrero SpA bought the chocolate maker Fannie May from 1-800-Flowers.com. The deal closed on May 30, and Ferrero paid $115 million. Ferrero mentioned that they hope to expand Fannie May as a whole. They want to provide Fannie May locations across the nation, not just in Chicago.

George Clooney and other several prominent participants are arrested outside the Sundanese Embassy

Clooney was arrested outside the Sudanese Embassy for civil disobedience. He intended to be arrested when he planned the protest. Several other prominent participants were also arrested, including Martin Luther King III. Clooney has been described as one of the most strident critics of Omar al-Bashir.

Bear Stearns is saved in a merger with JP Morgan

Bear Stearns signed a merger agreement with JP Morgan Chase in a stock swap worth $2 a share or less than 7 percent of Bear Stearns' market value just two days before. The new company is funded by loans of $29 billion from the New York FRB, and $1 billion from JP Morgan Chase, with no further recourse to JP Morgan Chase.

Video game Final Fantasy XII is released

Final Fantasy XII is a fantasy role-playing video game for the PlayStation 2. It is the twelfth title in the mainline Final Fantasy series. The game is developed by Square Enix and introduced innovations such as open world, a controllable camera or a seamless battle system. Final Fantasy XII received critical acclaim, earning numerous Game of the Year awards.

1996

Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno

Mike Tyson was the aggressor in the entire fight against Frank Bruno. Less than a minute into the 3rd round, Tyson unleashed a 13-punch combination that caused referee Mills Lane to stop the fight and award Tyson the victory via technical knockout. The match was the last one of Bruno's career.

Halabja chemical attack

During last days of Iran-Iraq War, Iraqi aircrafts dropped chemical bombs on the town. The number of casualties was between 3200 and 5000, with thousands more injured. Physicians reported the victims to show symptoms of cyanide poisoning. The attack is among the largest chemical attacks against a civilian area in history.

1985

NHL star Eddie Shore dies at 82

Eddie Shore died because of liver cancer. He was visiting his son, and in the night, he began coughing up and vomiting blood and was later taken to the hospital. The next morning, he was pronounced dead. His funeral was held 5 days later and took place in his hometown.

The Rolling Stones are at No. 1 on the UK singles chart with "The Last Time"

"The Last Time" is a song by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, and the band's first single written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Recorded at RCA Studios in Hollywood, California in January 1965, "The Last Time" was the band's third UK single to reach #1 on the UK Singles Chart, spending 3 weeks at the top in March and early April 1965.

LBJ asks Congress to pass Economic Opportunity Act as part of his War on Poverty

President Johnson called for the act in his Special Message to Congress that presented his proposal for a nationwide war on the sources of poverty. The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 was passed as a part of LBJ’s War on Poverty.

The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the U.S. with 2,100,000 copies of "Can’t Buy Me Love"

"Can't Buy Me Love" is a song composed by Paul McCartney and released by the Beatles on the A-side of their sixth British single, with "You Can't Do That" as the B-side, in March 1964. "Can't Buy Me Love" became the Beatles' fourth UK number 1 and their third single to sell over a million copies in the UK.

Rapper Flavor Flav is born

William Jonathan Drayton Jr. better known by his stage name Flavor Flav is an American musician, rapper, actor, television personality, and comedian who became famous as a member of the hip-hop group Public Enemy. He is also known for popularizing the role of the hype man and for yelling "Yeah, boyeee!" and "Flavor Flav!" during performances.

The Platters score their only UK and US No. 1 with "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’"

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes was a popular song by American composer Jerome Kern and lyricist Otto Harbach. The song has been covered by numerous artists. The Platters recorded this song in 1958 for their album Remember When? Smoke Gets In Your Eyes spent 20 weeks on the UK charts.

Ford makes its 50 millionth car, a Thunderbird

The Ford Thunderbird is a rear wheel drive automobile which was manufactured by Ford in the United States over eleven model generations. The Thunderbird created a market niche that eventually became known as the personal luxury car.

Allies secure Iwo Jima

Although the island was declared secure at 18:00, the 5th Marine Division still faced Kuribayashi's stronghold in a gorge 640 m long at the northwestern end of the island. On 21 March, the Marines destroyed the command post in the gorge with four tons of explosives and on 24 March, Marines sealed the remaining caves at the northern tip of the island. The island was officially declared secure at 09:00 on 26 March.

Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov is born

He is known as a first human who died in space flight. In 1967 during the landing of the first manned mission of the Soyuz spacecraft, the Soyuz 1, the parachutes failed. Komarov, its solo pilot, died when the capsule crashed into the ground. Prior to the Soyuz 1 test, Komarov commanded the Voskhod 1 mission. It was the first spaceflight to carry more than one crew member.

Liquid-propellant rocket

American physicist Robert H. Goddard successfully tests his first rocket propelled by liquid fuel in a field in Auburn, Mass. His rocket reached altitude of 12.5 meters than leveled off and within 2.5 seconds hit cabbage field 56 meters away. Liquid-propellant rocket is advantageous because they allow high mass ratio for the rocket.

Hiram R. Revels makes 1st official speech by an African American in the Senate

Hiram Rhodes Revels was the first African American and Native American to serve in the U.S. Congress. In his speech to the Senate, he argued for the reinstatement of the black legislators of the Georgia General Assembly, who had been illegally ousted by white Democratic Party representatives.

Antiseptic surgery

British surgeon Joseph Lister published a paper on antiseptic surgery in the medical journal The Lancet. He applied Louis Pasteur's idea that the micro-organisms causing gangrene might be controlled with chemical solutions. Lister suggested spraying instruments with a solution of carbolic acid. His procedure reduced the incidence of gangrene.

Russian physicist Alexander Stepanovich Popov is born

Popov is considered an inventor of the radio in Russia. He actually developed a device similar to the radio. But he wanted to detect lightning with it. In March 1896 he used his invention to transmit a message between two buildings inside a university campus in St Petersburg. This day is celebrated as the radio day in Russia.

Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" is published by Ticknor, Reed and Fields in Boston

The Scarlet Letter: A Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne is set in 17th-century Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony. It follows the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair. The novels deal with themes of legalism, sin, and guilt.

The 4th US President James Madison is born

James Madison Jr. was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the fourth President of the United States from 1809 to 1817. He is hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for his pivotal role in drafting and promoting the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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