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Microsoft launches Windows 10

Windows 10 is a series of personal computer operating systems developed and released by Microsoft, as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems. Critics praised Microsoft's decision to provide a desktop-oriented interface in line with previous versions of Windows, contrasting the tablet-oriented approach of 8.

Barack Obama appears on a daytime talk show The View

President Barack Obama appeared as a guest on the talk show The View, marking the first appearance on a daytime talk show by a sitting U.S. president. The broadcast drew a total of 6.6 million viewers, a new high for the program.

Eurotunnel agreement is signed by Thatcher and Mitterrand

The Channel Tunnel is a 50.45-kilometre rail tunnel linking Folkestone, Kent, in the United Kingdom, with Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais, near Calais in northern France. The tunnel carries high-speed Eurostar passenger trains, the Eurotunnel Shuttle for road vehicles—the largest such transport in the world—and international goods trains.

Lady Diana marries Prince Charles

The wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer took place at St Paul's Cathedral in London, United Kingdom. The groom was the heir to the British throne, and the bride was a member of the Spencer family. The ceremony was a traditional Church of England wedding service.

Pope renews birth control ban for Catholics

Of his eight encyclicals, Pope Paul VI is best known for his encyclical Humanae Vitae. In this encyclical, he reaffirmed the Catholic Church's traditional view of marriage and marital relations and a continued condemnation of artificial birth control. The reaction to the encyclical's continued prohibitions of artificial birth control was mixed.

Adolf Hitler becomes the leader of NSDAP party

Hitler spoke to several packed houses and defended himself and Esser, to thunderous applause. His strategy proved successful, and at a special party congress, he was granted absolute powers as party chairman, replacing Drexler, by a vote of 533 to 1.

First transcontinental phone conversation

After affixing 4,750 miles of telephone line, workers raised the final pole at Wendover, Utah, actually on the border between Nevada and Utah state lines. Then, Theodore Vail, the president of AT&T, succeeded in transmitting his voice across the continental U.S.

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