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Walmart's Marc Lore listed as the best paid CEO of all times

Marc Lore is an entrepreneur and president and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart eCommerce U.S. He was appointed to lead U.S. e-commerce when his company Jet.com, an e-commerce startup launched in 2014, was acquired by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Munich knife attack

A 27 year old mentally disturbed man stabbed four men, one of them fatally at Grafing station in the Upper Bavarian town of Grafing. As the knifer reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" while stabbing the random victims, first reactions of the German and international media as well as the general public suspected an Islamist attack.

Final episode of 'Revenge' airs

The season focuses on the revelation that David Clarke is alive and the continued feud between Emily and Victoria, who finally knows Emily's true identity and seeks her own revenge. As David makes a return to the Hamptons the two women fight to position him against the other. ABC canceled Revenge after four seasons.

Conchita Wurst wins the Eurovision Song Contest

The 59th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. The winner was Conchita Wurst with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix", written by Charley Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali Zuckowski, and Julian Maas for Austria.

One World Trade Center becomes the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere

In 2013, the final component of the skyscraper's spire was installed, making the building, including its spire, reach a total height of 1,776 feet. Its height in feet is a deliberate reference to the year when the United States Declaration of Independence was signed.

Damascus suicidal bombings

The Damascus bombings were carried out using a pair of car bombs allegedly detonated by suicide bombers outside a military intelligence complex in Damascus, Syria. With 55 people confirmed dead and almost 400 others injured, the attack was the deadliest bombing to its date in the Syrian Civil War, though later outpaced by other events.

Microsoft buys Skype for $8.56 billion in cash

Skype is a telecommunications application software product that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls. Microsoft bought Skype in May for $8.5 billion. Skype division headquarters are in Luxembourg, but most of the development team and 44% of all the division's employees are still situated in Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia.

Germany inaugurates national Holocaust memorial in Berlin

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It was inaugurated sixty years after the end of World War II, and opened to the public two days later. It is located one block south of the Brandenburg Gate, in the Mitte neighborhood.

Heidi Klum marries Seal

Klum and Seal got engaged in December on a glacier in Whistler, British Columbia and married in May on a beach in Mexico. They have three biological children together: sons Henry Günther Ademola Dashtu Samuel and Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel and daughter Lou Sulola Samuel.

Sean Paul's 'Get Busy' single goes #1 on the US charts

"Get Busy" is a dancehall single by Jamaican dancehall reggae toaster Sean Paul, from his album Dutty Rock. The song was one of the many hits from the jumpy handclap riddim known as the Diwali Riddim, produced by then-newcomer Steven "Lenky" Marsden.

'Twister' disaster movie premieres

Twister is an American disaster adventure film starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton as storm chasers researching tornadoes. It was directed by Jan de Bont from a screenplay by Michael Crichton and Anne-Marie Martin. Twister was the second-highest-grossing film of 1996 domestically, with an estimated 54,688,100 tickets sold in the US.


Real Zaragoza win the European Cup Winners Cup

The 1994–95 season of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was won by Real Zaragoza in the final against defending champions Arsenal, the Spanish club famously winning thanks to a spectacular last-minute goal from midfielder Nayim with an effort from 40 yards.

Nelson Mandela's becomes South Africa's first black president

Nelson Mandela was elected as South Africa's first black president. His inauguration ceremony took place in Pretoria and televised to a billion viewers globally. Four thousand guests attended the event. As part of the ceremony, he pledged his allegiance to South Africa and his determination to continue his work for reconciliation.

Falco is #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rock Me Amadeus'

Rock Me Amadeus" is a song recorded by Austrian musician Falco, released as the second for his third studio album Falco 3. The song was written by Falco and Dutch music producers Bolland & Bolland. The single became the first German language song to peak at number one of the Billboard Hot 100.


NHL star Ryan Getzlaf is born

Ryan Getzlaf is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who currently serves as captain of the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. Getzlaf has played his entire professional career in the Ducks organization and ranks as one of the franchise's all-time leading scorers.

Actress Joan Crawford dies

Joan Crawford was an American film and television actress who began her career as a dancer and stage showgirl. The American Film Institute ranked Crawford tenth on its list of the greatest female stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema. Crawford died at her New York apartment of a heart attack.

Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder in Japan

Betamax is an analog-recording and cassette format of magnetic tape for video developed by Sony. It was released in Japan, having lost the videotape format war to VHS, Betamax is obsolete. The production of Betamax recorders ceased in 2002 and cassettes ceased in 2016.


Bobby Orr scores 'The Goal'

The Bruins won the series 4–0, their first Stanley Cup victory in 29 years. Bobby Orr scored the Cup-winning goal on Glenn Hall, with an assist from Derek Sanderson, at forty seconds of overtime, and the subsequent image of Orr flying through the air, his arms raised in victory is one of the most famous and recognized hockey images of all time.

Marvel Comics publishes the first issue of 'The Incredible Hulk'

The story features Marvel Comics superhero the Hulk and his alter ego Dr. Bruce Banner who was transformed into the giant monster after being hit by radiation during working on G-BOMB. The original series had six issues written by Lee and illustrated by Jack Kirby and later Steve Ditko.

Around the globe under the water

American submarine USS Triton surfaced off the coast of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, after a submerged circumnavigation of the Earth. The voyage, codenamed Operation Sandblast, was part of her shakedown cruise. Triton's navigational track followed that of the first circumnavigation of the world, led by Ferdinand Magellan.

Dmitri Shostakovitsch's 'Piano Concerto No. 2' premieres in Moscow

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102, by Dmitri Shostakovich was composed for his son Maxim's 19th birthday. Maxim premiered the piece during his graduation at the Moscow Conservatory. It is an uncharacteristically cheerful piece, much more so than most of Shostakovich's works.

Bill Haley & His Comets release 'Rock Around the Clock'

In the spring of 1954, Haley and His Comets left Essex Records for New York-based Decca Records. Soon they created their biggest hit – Rock Around the Clock. Bill Haley and the Comets were a group of pioneers of white people who brought rock and roll music to the attention of America and the rest of the world.

The Battle of France begins

The Battle of France, also known as the Fall of France, was the German invasion of France and the Low Countries during the Second World War. In six weeks, German forces defeated Allied forces by mobile operations and conquered France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, bringing land operations on the Western Front to an end.

Winston Churchill takes helm in Britain as Nazi Germans advance

Churchill took the lead in calling for British rearmament to counter the growing threat from Nazi Germany. Following Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's resignation, Churchill replaced him. Churchill oversaw British involvement in the Allied war effort, resulting in a victory.


American football player Pat Summerall is born

George Allen "Pat" Summerall was an American football player and television sportscaster. In addition to football, he also announced major golf and tennis events. In total, he announced 16 Super Bowls on network television, 26 Masters Tournaments, and 21 US Opens.

J. Edgar Hoover is appointed first Director of FBI

President Calvin Coolidge appointed Hoover as the fifth Director of the Bureau of Investigation, partly in response to allegations that the prior director, William J. Burns, was involved in the Teapot Dome scandal. Hoover fired all female agents and banned the future hiring of them.

The first U.S. transcontinental railroad is completed

The First Transcontinental Railroad was a 1,912-mile continuous railroad line constructed between that connected the existing eastern U.S. rail network at Omaha, Nebraska/Council Bluffs, Iowa with the Pacific coast at the Oakland Long Wharf on San Francisco Bay.

Valence theory

English chemist Edward Frankland published his theory of chemical valence. It states atoms come together to make chemical compounds in regular ratios. This was – according to Frankland – caused by combining power of each element. Later August Kekulé proposed fixed valences for many elements, such as 4 for carbon.

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