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Ford sells Volvo to Chinese Geely

In October 2009, Ford confirmed that, after considering several offers, the preferred buyer of Volvo Cars was Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the parent of Chinese motor manufacturer Geely Automobile. In December 2009, Ford confirmed the terms of the sale to Geely had been settled. A definitive agreement was signed in March 2010, for $1.8 billion.

Viagra is approved in the US

Sildenafil, sold as the brand name Viagra among others, is a medication used to treat erectile dysfunction and pulmonary arterial hypertension. Since becoming available in 1998, sildenafil has been a common treatment for erectile dysfunction; its primary competitors are tadalafil, trade name Cialis, and vardenafil, also known as Levitra.

Eurofighter jet makes maiden flight

The aircraft's development effectively began in 1983 with the Future European Fighter Aircraft programme, a multinational collaboration among the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. The maiden flight of the Eurofighter prototype took place in Bavaria in March 1994, flown by DASA chief test pilot Peter Weger.

Silvio Berlusconi becomes Italian Prime Minister for the first time

Berlusconi launched a massive campaign of electoral advertisements on his three TV networks, and preparing his top advertising salesmen with seminars and screen tests, of whom 50 were subsequently elected despite an absence legislative experience. He subsequently won the elections, with Forza Italia garnering 21% of the popular vote, more than any other single party.

Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier

Nikita Khrushchev was responsible for the de-Stalinization of the SSSR, for supporting the progress of the early Soviet space program, and for several relatively liberal reforms in areas of domestic policy. In 1964, he was removed from power, and replaced by Leonid Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin.

The first long-distance phone line is activated in the US

AT&T built an interconnected long-distance telephone network, which reached from New York to Chicago. Users often did not use their own phone for such connections but made an appointment to use a special long-distance telephone booth or "silence cabinet" equipped with 4-wire telephones and other advanced technology.

Battle of Horseshoe Bend

The Battle of Horseshoe Bend was fought during the War of 1812 in the Mississippi Territory, now central Alabama. US forces and Indian allies defeated the Red Sticks, a part of the Creek Indian tribe who opposed American expansion.

Charles I ascends English throne

Charles I was monarch of England, Scotland, and Ireland until his execution in 1649. Many of his subjects opposed his policies, in particular, the levying of taxes without parliamentary consent, and perceived his actions as those of a tyrannical absolute monarch.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1970

Mariah Carey

died 1968

Yuri Gagarin