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Hilton hotels are sold to Blackstone for $26bn

Blackstone acquired the premium hotel operator for approximately $26 billion, representing a 25% premium to Hilton's all-time high stock price. The Hilton deal is often referred to as the deal that marked the "high water mark" and the beginning of the end of the multi-year boom in leveraged buyouts.

Israelis rescue 248 Entebbe hostages

The operation, which took a week of planning, lasted 90 minutes. Of the 106 remaining hostages, 102 were rescued and three were killed. The other hostage was in a hospital and was later killed. Five Israeli commandos were wounded and one, unit commander Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, was killed.

U.K. ends post-war restrictions on sale of food

Although rationing formally ended in 1954, cheese production remained depressed for decades afterward. During rationing, most milk in Britain was used to make one kind of cheese, nicknamed Government Cheddar. This wiped out nearly all other cheese production in the country, and some indigenous varieties of cheese almost disappeared.

Statue of Liberty is presented to the US in Paris

The completed statue was formally presented to Ambassador Morton at a ceremony in Paris and de Lesseps announced that the French government had agreed to pay for its transport to New York. The statue remained intact in Paris pending sufficient progress on the pedestal. Consequentially, the statue was disassembled and crated for its ocean voyage.

US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen independent sovereign states, no longer under British rule.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 1995

Bob Ross

died 1826

John Adams