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Uber sells its Chinese business to a local rival

It was announced that DiDi had acquired Uber China. This acquisition valued the company at US$35 billion. With the deal, Uber acquired 5.89% of the combined company with preferred equity interest which is equal to a 17.7% economic interest in DiDi. Under the terms of the deal, Cheng Wei has become a board member of Uber.

James Van Der Beek marries Kimberly Brook

James David Van Der Beek is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Dawson Leery in the WB series Dawson's Creek. Van Der Beek married business consultant Kimberly Brook in a small ceremony at the Kabbalah Center near Dizengoff Plaza in Tel Aviv, Israel. The couple has four daughters and a son.

The Beijing–Tianjin Railway begins operation

The Beijing–Tianjin intercity railway is a China passenger-only line high-speed rail that runs 117 km line between Beijing and Tianjin. The Chinese government built the line to accommodate trains traveling at a maximum speed of 350 km/h, and currently carries CRH high-speed trains running speeds up to 330 km/h.

K2 disaster

On the Himalayan peak K2 which is with its 8 611m the second highest mountain in the world, 11 climbers perished an international expedition and wanted to overcome the peak without the help of oxygen devices. As a result of a series of errors in the preparation and bad weather the mountaineers gradually died of falls, avalanches and mountain sickness, others suffered heavy frostbite. It was one of the worst tragedies in the history of mountaineering.

University of Phoenix Stadium is opened

The 63,400-seat stadium opened in 2006 after three years of construction. The stadium was designed by Eisenman Architects and HOK Sport. The stadium is considered an architectural icon for the region and was named by Business Week as one of the 10 “most impressive” sports facilities on the globe.

Saudi king Fahd dies after 23-year reign

King Fahd was admitted to the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh for unspecified medical tests. An official, who insisted on anonymity, told the Associated Press unofficially that the king had died at 07:30. King Fahd was 84.

"A Game of Thrones" by George R. R. Martin is published

A Game of Thrones is the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin. It was first published in 1996. The novel won the 1997 Locus Award and was nominated for both the 1997 Nebula Award and the 1997 World Fantasy Award.


The first Olympic gold medal winners in women’s football

The 1996 Summer Olympics, based in Atlanta, marked the first time that women would participate in the association football tournament. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams advanced to the knockout stage, beginning with the semi-finals and culminating with the gold medal match in which the USA defeated China 2-1.

The first Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is an annual show sponsored by and featuring Victoria's Secret, a brand of lingerie and sleepwear. The first fashion show extravaganza, introduced by Stephanie Seymour, was held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City in 1995. The show also featured Beverly Peele and Frederique van der Wal.

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" closes after 149 performances

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play by Tennessee Williams. One of Williams's more famous works and his personal favorite, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. Set in the "plantation home in the Mississippi Delta" of Big Daddy Pollitt, a wealthy cotton tycoon, the play examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy's family.

Tatum O’Neal marries John McEnroe

O'Neal's relationship with tennis player John McEnroe began in 1984 when she moved into his Central Park West condominium in New York City. They married In 1986. The couple has three children: Kevin, Sean, and Emily.

MTV begins broadcasting in the United States

MTV is an American pay television channel owned by Viacom Media Networks and headquartered in New York City. The channel originally aired music videos as guided by television personalities known as "video jockeys". At first, MTV's main target demographic was young adults, but today it is primarily teenagers.


F1 racing driver Niki Lauda has a fatal crash

Lauda was seriously injured in a crash at the 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, during which his Ferrari burst into flames and he came close to death after inhaling hot toxic fumes and suffering severe burns. However, he survived and recovered enough to race again just six weeks later at the Italian Grand Prix.

USS Nautilus submerges for her voyage under North Pole

The voyage was envisioned by French Science-Fiction writer Jules Verne in his book 20 000 Leagues Under the Sea, first published in 1870. USS Nautilus was the first operational nuclear submarine in history. The passage under the polar ice without surfacing was enabled by inertial navigation system developed by North American Aviation.


The XI Summer Olympic Games open in Berlin, Nazi Germany

The 1936 Summer Olympics was an international multi-sport event held in Berlin, Nazi Germany. Berlin won the bid to host the Games over Barcelona, Spain, at the 29th IOC Session in Barcelona. It marked the second and final time the International Olympic Committee gathered to vote in a city that was bidding to host those Games.

Quarter dollar coin with G. Washington is released

The Washington quarter is the present quarter dollar or 25-cent piece issued by the United States Mint. The original version was designed by sculptor John Flanagan. The bust of Washington was made a smaller beginning in 1999; in 2010 it was restored to bring out greater detail.


Italian football club S.S.C. Napoli is founded

Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli, commonly referred to as Napoli, is a professional Italian football club based in Naples, Campania. Formed in 1926, the club plays in Serie A, the top flight of Italian football. The club has won Serie A twice, the Coppa Italia five times, the Supercoppa Italiana twice, and the 1988–89 UEFA Cup.

The German Empire declares war on the Russian Empire

Russia was the first to order a partial mobilization of its armies and when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, Russia declared general mobilization. Germany presented an ultimatum to Russia to demobilize, and when this was refused, declared war on Russia.

Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state

The Territory of Colorado was organized in 1861, and in 1876, U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed Proclamation 230 admitting Colorado to the Union as the 38th state. Colorado is nicknamed the "Centennial State" because it became a state a century after the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence.

Slavery is abolished in the British Empire

The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 abolished slavery throughout the British Empire. This Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom expanded the jurisdiction of the Slave Trade Act 1807, making the purchase or ownership of slaves illegal within the British Empire, with the exception "of the Territories in the Possession of the East India Company".

English chemist Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen

He did not call it oxygen. He used the term dephlogisticated air, because he believed in the phlogiston theory. The theory postulated that a fire-like element called phlogiston is contained within combustible bodies and released during combustion. On the other hand, Priestley knew that oxygen is consumed during combustion or breathing.

Christopher Columbus lands on "Isla Santa"

Columbus explored the Gulf of Paria which separates Trinidad from mainland Venezuela. He then explored the mainland of South America, including the Orinoco River. He also sailed to the islands of Chacachacare and Margarita Island and sighted and named islands Bella Forma and Concepcion.

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