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WannaCry ransomware attack

The WannaCry ransomware attack was a May 2017 worldwide cyberattack by the WannaCry ransomware cryptoworm, which targeted computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system by encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

Jimmy Carter becomes the first U.S. president to visit Cuba

Carter conducted a tour of Cuba in 2002 that included meeting with Fidel Castro and meeting political dissidents such as the AIDS sanitarium. He also visited a medical school, a biotech facility, an agricultural production cooperative, and a school for disabled children. Carter toured Cuba again for three days in 2011.

Ford quits production in UK after 70 years

Ford ended car production at its Dagenham plant in Essex after more than 70 years. The move meant a loss of around 3,000 jobs with car assembly at the plant ceasing two years later. Ford unions reacted angrily to the news. They said the real number of redundancies was closer to 5,000 because Ford's numbers did not include job losses among caterers, cleaners and suppliers.

George VI is crowned

George VI was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 1936 until his death. As the second son of King George V, he was not expected to inherit the throne and spent his early life in the shadow of his elder brother, Edward who was crowned Edward VIII. However, King Edward soon abdicated the throne for reasons as much personal as political, and George ascended the throne, the third monarch of the House of Windsor.

Beverly Hills Hotel opens its doors

The Beverly Hills Hotel was established before the city's existence. The original owners were Margaret J. Anderson, a wealthy widow, and her son, Stanley S. Anderson, who had been managing the Hollywood Hotel. The original hotel was designed by Pasadena architect Elmer Grey, in the Mediterranean Revival style.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1937

George Carlin

born 1975

Jared Polis

born 1968

Tony Hawk