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Donald Trump tweets an edited wrestling video attacking CNN

President Trump posted a short video to his Twitter account in which he is portrayed wrestling and punching a figure whose head has been replaced by the logo for CNN. The video, about 28 seconds long, appears to be an edited clip from a years-old appearance by Mr. Trump in WrestleMania, an annual professional wrestling event.

BP agrees to pay $18.7bn for Deepwater Horizon spill

BP, the U.S. Justice Department, and five Gulf states announced that the company agreed to pay a record settlement of $18.7 billion. To date, BP’s cost for the clean-up, environmental and economic damages and penalties has reached $54 billion.

Glaxo agrees to pay $3bn in fraud settlement

GSK pleaded guilty to promotion of drugs for unapproved uses, failure to report safety data, and kickbacks to physicians in the United States and agreed to pay a $3 billion settlement. It was the largest health-care fraud case to date in that country and the largest settlement by a drug company.

Millionaire Fossett flies around the world in a balloon

Steve Fossett was the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon. He made his fortune in the financial services industry and was best known for many world records, including five nonstop circumnavigations of the Earth: as a long-distance solo balloonist, as a sailor, and as a solo flight fixed-wing aircraft pilot.

Thailand floats the baht

The crisis started in Thailand with the financial collapse of the Thai baht after the Thai government was forced to float the baht due to lack of foreign currency to support its currency peg to the U.S. dollar. Thailand had acquired a burden of foreign debt that made the country effectively bankrupt even before the collapse of its currency.

Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a landmark civil rights and labor law in the United States that outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It prohibits unequal application of voter registration requirements, and racial segregation in schools, employment, and public accommodations.

The first Walmart opens

Walton opened the first Walmart Discount City store at 719 W. Walnut Street in Rogers, Arkansas. The building is now occupied by a hardware store and an antique mall. Within its first five years, the company expanded to 24 stores across Arkansas and reached US$12.6 million in sales.

The SS Arandora Star sinks with the loss of over 800 lives

SS Arandora Star was a British passenger ship of the Blue Star Line. She was built in 1927 as an ocean liner and refrigerated cargo ship, converted in 1929 into a cruise ship and requisitioned as a troop ship in the Second World War. In 1940 she was sunk in controversial circumstances by a German U-boat with a large loss of life, 865.

Franklin D. Roosevelt is nominated for president

The convention resulted in the nomination of Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York for President and Speaker of the House John N. Garner from Texas for Vice President. Beulah Rebecca Hooks Hannah Tingley was a member of the Democratic National Committee and Chair of the Democratic Party of Florida.

Charles J. Guiteau shoots and fatally wounds U.S. President James Garfield

Charles Julius Guiteau was an American writer and lawyer who assassinated United States President James A. Garfield in 1881. Guiteau falsely believed he had played a major role in Garfield's victory, for which he should be rewarded with a consulship. Guiteau's motive was revenge against Garfield for an imagined political debt.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1942

Vicente Fox

born 1957

Bret Hart