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Billionaire Warren Buffett says he is diagnosed with prostate cancer

Warren Buffett announced that he was diagnosed with stage one prostate cancer. Fortunately, this type of cancer had a high survival rate. In September that year, he said that he had completed the full 44-day radiation treatment cycle.

S&P's cut U.S. government's credit outlook from "stable" to "negative"

Standard & Poor's is an American financial services company that publishes research and analysis on stocks and commodities. After the Budget Control Act of 2011 took effect, S&P started lowering the US's long-term credit rating. It reached the point where they assigned it a negative outlook, due to fiscal and economic challenges.

The first Chief Technology Officer of the US is named

Barack Obama appointed Aneesh Chopra into a position of the first Chief Technology Officer of the US. Chopra was previously the commonwealth’s Secretary of Technology. His new duties included promoting technological innovation in order to create new jobs, reduce health care costs and protect the homeland.

U.S. Senate approves the Panama Canal Treaty

The US Senate backed the treaty negotiated by President Carter. The treaty transferred the control of Panama Canal to Panama by end of 1999. Canal itself was declared a neutral territory and became accessible to ships of all nations. The passing of the treaty was seen as a victory for Carter's foreign policy.

Actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco

Grace Patricia Kelly was an American actress who became Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III. They had three children Caroline, Albert II, and Stéphanie. Kelly retired from acting at the age of 26 to begin her duties as Princess of Monaco.

Six countries set EU foundations in ECSC Treaty

The European Coal and Steel Community was formally established in by the Treaty of Paris, signed by Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. It was set up after WWII to regulate the countries' industrial production under a centralized authority.

FBI agent and Soviet spy Robert Hanssen is born

Hanssen was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Knox College in Galesburg, where he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry. Like his father, he became a member of Chicago Police Department. A few years later he left and joined FBI. Hanssen ended up betraying the US and became a double agent for the Soviet Union.

The Doolittle Raid

Doolittle Raid was an air attack planned by James Doolittle on the Japanese capital Tokyo and other targets located on the island of Honshu. The attack served as retaliation for the bombing of Pearl Harbor, just as well as to raise the morale of soldiers. Most of the bomber's crew managed to survive and return to the US.

The first laundromat is opened in Texas

The 1st laundromat, also known as washateria, was opened in Fort Worth, Texas, by John F. Cantrell. Although steam-powered laundry machines were invented in the 19th century, their cost put them out of reach of many. Cantrell and others started renting short-term use of their machines.

Paul Revere's midnight ride

Midnight Ride refers to the event where Revere rode to Lexington, avoiding British patrol and warning patriots along the route. Charlestown colonists and many of those he warned set out to deliver warnings of incoming British forces on their own. For his acts, a statue of Revere was made and unveiled in North End, Boston.

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