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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.

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.

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.

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.

Adolf Hitler opens 11th Olympic Games in Berlin

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.

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.

Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to earn aviator's certificate

Harriet Quimby was an early American aviator and a movie screenwriter. In 1911, she was awarded a U.S. pilot's certificate by the Aero Club of America, becoming the first woman to gain a pilot's license in the United States. In 1912, she became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.

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".

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