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Apple Inc. claims a value of $600 billion

Apple's valuation briefly crossed the $600 billion mark. After Microsoft in 1999, Apple was the 2nd company to achieve that milestone. Apple's new record came less than six weeks after it reached the $500 billion mark, another exceptional achievement.

Air France and British Airways announced Concorde retirement

Air France and British Airways retired Concorde because of low passenger numbers, following the 25 July 2000 crash, the slump in air travel following the September 11 attacks, and rising maintenance costs. It was the last aircraft in the British Airways fleet that had a flight engineer.

Sony Blu-Ray players hit store shelves for the first time

The BDZ-S77 was the first model of Sony Blu-Ray players, however, it didn’t sell too well because of the $3800 price tag attached to it. Moreover, no movies in the Blu-Ray format were available. The first Blu-Ray movies didn’t hit shelves until 2006.

Northern Ireland peace deal reached in a historic "Good Friday Agreement"

Good Friday Agreement was signed in Belfast, Northern Ireland between Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and the UK. It was approved by voters in two referendums across the island of Ireland. It related mostly to issues of sovereignty, civil and cultural rights, justice and weapon decommissioning.

Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan

After the martial laws in Pakistan were lifted, Bhutto decided to return home. At the day of her arrival at Lahore Airport, she as greeted by a huge crowd of People’s Party of Pakistan supporters. Around 2 million people came in order to see her speak at Iqbal Park. At the site, she rallied against a regime of Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.

Suez Canal is cleared and opened for all ships after Suez crises

Because of the Suez Crisis, the Suez Canal was closed from October 1956 as a result of damage and ships sunk. It was reopened after it was cleared with UN assistance. A UN force was established to maintain both the free navigability of the canal and peace in the Sinai Peninsula.

Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England on her maiden and only voyage

Titanic's maiden voyage began. 923 passengers boarded Titanic at Southampton, 179 First Class, 247 Second Class and 494 Third Class. After making it safely through the complex tides and channels of Southampton Water and the Solent, Titanic headed out into the English Channel.

The Siege of Fort Pulaski

Siege of Fort Pulaski concluded with final battle where Union forces took the fort from the hands of the Confederate army. Union attacked with their navy and launched a 30-hour long bombardment. New 30-ponder Parrot Rifle cannons were used in the battle. Their accuracy and destructive power made a significant impact on the outcome.

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