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Syngenta AG rejects a 41.7 billion Swiss franc takeover offer from Monsanto Co.

In 2014, Monsanto sought to acquire Syngenta for a reported $40 billion, but Syngenta rejected the offer. Since 2015 Monsanto and Syngenta had been working with their investment banks Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs respectively on a deal. The U.S. Treasury tried to stop the deal for tax inversion.

Nevada hands Google the first US licence for self-driving cars

A Toyota Prius modified with Google's experimental driverless technology was licensed by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. This was the first license issue in the United States for a self-driven car. License plates issued in Nevada for autonomous cars will have a red background and feature an infinity symbol.

USSR announces it will not participate in LA Summer Olympics

The boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles followed four years after the U.S.-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. It involved 14 Eastern Bloc countries, led by the Soviet Union. Boycotting countries organized another major event called the Friendship Games.

The last armed rebelion of American Indians ends after 10 weeks

The Wounded Knee incident was an armed protest that began when approximately 200 Oglala Lakota and followers of the American Indian Movement seized and occupied the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The standoff followed a failed effort by OSCRO to impeach tribal president, Richard Wilson, whom they accused of corruption and abuse of opponents. Additionally, protesters criticized the United States government's failure to fulfill treaties with Native American people and demanded the reopening of treaty negotiations.

The Prague uprising ends

The Prague uprising was an attempt by the Czech resistance to liberate the city of Prague from German occupation during World War II. Events began on May 5, 1945, in the last moments of the war in Europe. The uprising lasted four days, ending in a ceasefire between the Czech resistance and the German army which decided to leave Prague the same day. The next morning, the Red Army entered the nearly liberated city. The day is a public holiday in Czech Republic.

V-E Day

Victory in Europe Day, generally known as V-E Day, VE Day or simply V Day, is celebrated on May 8, 1945 to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces. The formal surrender of the German forces occupying the Channel Islands did not occur until the following day, May 9, 1945. It thus marked the end of World War II in Europe.

The Halifax riot starts

The Halifax riots began as a celebration of the World War II Victory in Europe. This rapidly evolved into a rampage by several thousand servicemen, merchant seamen and civilians, who looted the City of Halifax. By the time the mayhem ended there were three men dead, 363 arrested, 654 businesses damaged and 207 establishments looted to some degree.

Paramount Pictures is established

Paramount Pictures is an American film studio based in Hollywood, California. Founded in 1912, it is the second oldest film studio in the United States and the fifth oldest surviving film studio in the world. In 2014, Paramount Pictures became the first major Hollywood studio to distribute all of its films in digital form only.

Coca-Cola hits the market

Originally intended as a patent medicine, Coca-Cola was invented in the late 19th century by John Pemberton who first mixed it in a brass kettle hung over a backyard fire. It was first sold at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia, for five cents a glass. Pemberton claimed Coca-Cola cured many diseases including morphine addiction, indigestion, nerve disorders, headaches, and impotence.

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