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NATO launches its first ground mission outside Europe

NATO took command of ISAF, which consisted of 5,000 troops from more than 30 countries. About 90 percent of the force was contributed by NATO nations. By far the largest single contingent, 1,950 were Canadian. About 2,000 German troops were involved, and Romania had about 400 troops at the time.

BP purchases Amoco

Amoco merged with British Petroleum, forming BP Amoco. Shortly after the merger, Amoco stations began a rebranding that saw the stations change their names to the BP marque while continuing to sell Amoco-branded fuel. Eventually all traces of the Amoco brand name were eliminated and the stations adopted the BP branding permanently.

"We begin bombing in five minutes"

"We begin bombing in five minutes" is the last sentence of a controversial, off-the-record joke made by US President Ronald Reagan in 1984, during the "second Cold War". This joke was not broadcast live, but was recorded and later leaked to the public.

The last US ground combat unit leaves South Vietnam

The last U.S. ground combat unit in South Vietnam, the Third Battalion, Twenty-First Infantry, departed for the United States. The unit had been guarding the U.S. air base at Da Nang. This left only 43,500 advisors, airmen, and support troops left in-country.

Hussein bin Talal is proclaimed king

Hussein bin Talal reigned as King of Jordan until his death. According to Hussein, he was a 40th-generation direct descendant of Muhammad. Hussein, a constitutional monarch, started his rule with what was termed a "liberal experiment", allowing, in 1956, the formation of the only democratically elected government in Jordan's history.

The first civilian prisoners arrive at Alcatraz

The first batch of 137 prisoners arrived at Alcatraz, arriving by railroad from the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas at Santa Venetia, California, before being escorted to Alcatraz, handcuffed in high-security coaches and guarded by some 60 special FBI agents, U.S. Marshals, and railway security officials.

Post-war Germany is established as a republic

The Constitution of the German Reich was the constitution that governed Germany during the Weimar Republic era. The constitution declared Germany to be a democratic parliamentary republic with a legislature elected under proportional representation. Universal suffrage was established, with a minimum voting age of 20.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1967

Joe Rogan

born 1953

Hulk Hogan

born 1992

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