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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.

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.

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.

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 It was released in Japan, having lost the videotape format war to VHS, Betamax is obsolete.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.

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.

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.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1960


died 1977

Joan Crawford

born 1899

Fred Astaire