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Facebook reaches two billion users

Thirteen years after launching and less than five years after hitting one billion, Facebook announced that it has two billion monthly active users. This made it the largest social app in terms of logged-in users. YouTube had 1.5 billion at the same time, WeChat 889 million, Twitter 328 million and Snapchat 255 million.

Rod Blagojevich is convicted of corruption

Blagojevich was found guilty on all charges pertaining to the Senate seat, as well as extortion relating to state funds being directed towards a children's hospital and race track. However, he was acquitted on a charge pertaining to the tollway extortion and avoided a guilty verdict on attempting to extort Rahm Emanuel.

Robert Mugabe is re-elected in highly scrutinized vote

In the second round, Mugabe was pronounced victor with 85.5% of the vote, and immediately re-inaugurated as President. The SADC oversaw the establishment of a power-sharing agreement. Under the agreement, Mugabe remained President while Tsvangerai became Prime Minister and the MDC's Arthur Mutambara became Vice Prime Minister.

Tony Blair resigns as British Prime Minister

Tony Blair resigned after 10 years as British prime minister. Blair announced his resignation in a speech and he also added he is stepping down as a Labour leader. Blair's popularity dropped down due to the Iraq War which is considered the main reason for his resignation.

"Fahrenheit 9/11" earns $21.9 million

Fahrenheit 9/11 is an American documentary film directed, written by, and starring filmmaker, director, and political commentator Michael Moore. The film takes a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and its coverage in the media. It breaks the record for highest opening-weekend earnings in the United States for a documentary.

Atari is founded by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney

Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari, Inc. The company was a pioneer in arcade games and home video games. The company's products, such as Pong and the Atari 2600, helped define the electronic entertainment industry from the 1970s to the mid-1980s. This company led almost 20 years computer games market.

The world's first nuclear power plant connects to grid in USSR

Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant was built in the "Science City" of Obninsk, Kaluga Oblast, about 110 km southwest of Moscow. It was the first grid-connected nuclear power plant in the world, i.e. the first nuclear reactor that produced commercial electricity, albeit at small scale.

British forces take Buenos Aires

The British took Quilmes and reached and occupied Buenos Aires. The Viceroy fled to Córdoba with the city's treasury but lost it to British forces during his escape. Although his action was in line with a law enacted by former Viceroy Pedro de Cevallos, he was seen as a coward by the population because of it.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1957

Tom Steyer

died 1844

Joseph Smith

born 1930

Ross Perot