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The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant opens its doors to tourism

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant or Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station is a decommissioned nuclear power station near the city of Pripyat, Ukraine. Reactor Number 4 was the site of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 and the power plant is now within a large restricted area known as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Hyperinflation forced Zimbabwe to abandon the Zimbabwean dollar

The Zimbabwean dollar was the official currency of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 2009, when its use was abandoned. In place of the Zimbabwean dollar, currencies including the South African rand, Botswana pula, pound sterling, Indian rupee, euro, Japanese yen, Australian dollar, Chinese yuan, and the US dollar are now used.

The Euro Disney Resort officially opens

It was the second Disney resort to open outside the United States, following Tokyo Disney Resort and the first to be owned and operated by Disney. Disneyland Paris underwent a name change to Disneyland Resort Paris in March that year.

Ronald Wayne sells his 10 percent share in the company for just $800

After Ronald Wayne, Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computer, Wayne received a 10% stake in Apple. Less than two weeks later, he relinquished his equity for US$800, and he let go of that valuable Apple stock, which has exploded in value since.

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies

After returning from the Yalta Conference, Roosevelt looked old and frail. His health got worse as the time passed. He died at his personal retreat, Little White House, located in the Historic District of Warm Springs, Georgia. According to the attending cardiologist, the president died due to massive cerebral hemorrhage.

The Battle of Fort Pillow

Union deployed black men as US soldiers in Battle of Fort Pillow. It took place on the Mississippi River in Henning, Tennessee. Roughly 600 Union soldiers were led by commanders Booth and Bradford against a stronger Confederate army. African-American Union troops and their officers were massacred as they attempted to surrender.

The Battle of Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter near Charleston was bombarded by Confederate States army. Commanding officer Beauregard led huge amount of Confederate forces against 85 fort defenders, led by Robert Anderson. The battle resulted in Confederate victory and surrendering of the fort by US Army. It was also the beginning of the American Civil War.

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