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Mattel recalls nearly a million Chinese-made toys

Mattel, Inc. is an American multinational toy manufacturing company with products and brands including Fisher-Price, Barbie and Hot Wheels. It announced a recall of nearly a million Chinese-made toys due to worries the products had been contaminated by lead. Though the company’s recall woes continued for several months afterwards, it was noted for its crisis response by several consumer publications.

Iraq invades Kuwait

The Invasion of Kuwait was a 2-day operation conducted by Iraq against Kuwait which resulted in a seven-month-long Iraqi occupation of the country. The invasion and Iraq's subsequent refusal to withdraw from Kuwait by a deadline mandated by the U.N. led to military intervention by a U.N.-authorized coalition of forces led by the U.S.

U.S. passes the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937

The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was a United States Act that placed a tax on the sale of cannabis. It was drafted by Harry Anslinger and introduced by Rep. Robert L. Doughton of North Carolina in 1937. The act was overturned in 1969 in Leary v. United States, and was repealed by Congress the next year.

German President Paul von Hindenburg dies

Paul von Hindenburg was a Generalfeldmarschall in the German army, a statesman and the second president of Germany. At 84, he was persuaded to run for re-election as Germany’s president despite his age and poor health because he was seen as the only candidate who could defeat Hitler. Nearly two years after his re-election, he died of lung cancer and Hitler was able to declare himself Supreme Leader and Chancellor of Germany.

U.S. president Warren G. Harding suffers sudden death

Warren Gamaliel Harding was an American politician who served as the 29th President of the United States. Harding died of a heart attack in San Francisco while on a western speaking tour and was succeeded by his vice president, Calvin Coolidge.

The Battle of Cannae

The Battle of Cannae was a major battle of the Second Punic War that took place on 2 August 216 BC in Apulia, in southeast Italy. The army of Carthage, under Hannibal, surrounded and decisively defeated a larger army of the Roman Republic under the consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro. It is regarded both as one of the greatest tactical feats in military history and as one of the worst defeats in Roman history.

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