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South Africa approves land expropriation bill

South Africa’s parliament has approved a bill allowing state expropriations of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership. The bill enables the state to pay for the land at a value determined by a government adjudicator and then expropriate it for the “public interest”, ending the willing-buyer, willing-seller approach to land reform.

Google Wallet is released

Or Google Pay Send is a peer-to-peer payments service developed by Google that allows people to send and receive money from a mobile device or desktop computer at no cost to either sender or receiver. The app is available for Android devices running Android 4.0 and above, and for iOS devices running iOS 7.0 and above. Since 2018 Android Pay and Google Wallet has unified into a single pay system called Google Pay.

Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic is arrested after a 16-year manhunt

Ratko Mladić found guilty of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He was arrested in Lazarevo, Serbia. His capture was considered to be one of the pre-conditions for Serbia being awarded candidate status for EU membership.

The European Community adopts the European flag

European Council approved a proposal from the Committee on a People’s Europe in favor of the flag and adopted it. Following the permission of the Council of Europe, the Communities began to use it, with the flag being raised outside the Berlaymont building in Brussels, Belgium.

Atlantic City opens the first legal casino

In an effort at revitalizing the city, New Jersey voters in 1976 passed a referendum, approving casino gambling for Atlantic City. In 1978, It became the first legal casino in the eastern United States and helped eliminate many of the urban problems that plagued Atlantic City. By end of the decade, it was one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.

Nixon and Brezhnev sign Anti-Balistic Missile Treaty

ABM Treaty was an arms control treaty between the US and the USSR on the limitation of the anti-ballistic missile systems used in defending areas against ballistic missile-delivered nuclear weapons. In June 2002 the United States withdrew from the treaty, leading to its termination.

The first U.S. nuclear power plant opens

Shippingport Atomic Power Station was the first full-scale atomic electric power plant devoted exclusively to peacetime uses. It was located near the present-day Beaver Valley Nuclear Generating Station on the Ohio River in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. The power plant worked until October 1982. The first electrical power was produced on December 18, 1957.

The Battle of Gazala takes place

The Battle of Gazala was fought during the Western Desert Campaign of the Second World War, west of the port of Tobruk in Libya, in 1942. Axis troops of the Panzerarmee Afrika consisted of German and Italian units. Allied forces were mainly British, Indian, South African and Free French.

Last Ford Model T is rolling off the assembly line

Production of the first affordable automobile ended after 19 years. Around 15 million Model T (also known as the Tin Lizzie, Leaping Lena, or flivver) vehicles had been built. Henry Ford with his son Edsel, then president of the Ford Motor Company, drove the last car to the Dearborn Engineering Laboratory.

The Dow Jones stock index is first published

The Dow Jones stock index is a stock market index that shows how 30 large, publicly owned companies based in the United States have traded during a standard trading session in the stock market. The value of the Dow is not a weighted arithmetic mean and does not represent market capitalization, rather the sum of the price of one share of stock for each component company.

Nicholas II becomes the last Tsar of Imperial Russia

Nicholas II or Nikolai II, known as Saint Nicholas the Passion-Bearer in the Russian Orthodox Church, was the last Emperor of Russia, ruling from 1894 until his forced abdication in 1917. His reign saw the fall of the Russian Empire from one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse.

Dred Scott is emancipated

Following the ruling, Calvin C. Chaffee deeded the Scott family to Taylor Blow, who manumitted them in 1857. Scott worked as a porter in a St. Louis hotel, but his freedom was short-lived; he died from tuberculosis in 1857. He was survived by his wife and his two daughters.

Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in America

Alse Young of Windsor, Connecticut, sometimes Achsah Young or Alice Young, was the first recorded instance of the execution for witchcraft in the thirteen American colonies. Very little is recorded of Alice 'Alse' Young, her existence is only known through her reputation as a witch.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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