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Google buys Motorola for $12.5bn

Seven months after Motorola Mobility was spun off into an independent company, Google announced that it would acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, subject to approval from regulators in the United States and Europe.

Apple releases the first iMac desktop, the iconic G3 bubble

The iMac G3 is a series of personal computers designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple Computer, Inc. Noted for its innovative enclosure via the use of translucent and brightly colored plastics, it was the first consumer-facing Apple product to debut under the recently returned interim CEO Steve Jobs.

All U.S. forces were completely withdrawn from Vietnam

The capture of Saigon by the North Vietnamese Army marked the end of the war, and North and South Vietnam were reunified the following year. The war exacted a huge human cost in terms of fatalities. Estimates of the number of Vietnamese soldiers and civilians killed vary from 966,000 to 3.8 million.

Nixon suspends dollar/gold convertibility

The Nixon shock was a series of economic measures undertaken by United States President Richard Nixon in 1971, the most significant of which was the unilateral cancellation of the direct international convertibility of the United States dollar to gold.

India becomes independent after two centuries of British rule

The Partition of India was the division of British India which accompanied the creation of two independent dominions, India and Pakistan. The partition involved the division of three provinces, Assam, Bengal and the Punjab. The boundary demarcating India and Pakistan became known as the Radcliffe Line.

Allied nations celebrate "Victory in Japan" day

Victory over Japan Day is the day on which Imperial Japan surrendered in World War II, in effect bringing the war to an end. Emperor Hirohito's announcement of Japan's acceptance of the terms of the Potsdam Declaration was broadcast to the Japanese people over the radio.

Panama Canal opens to traffic

The construction of the canal was completed 401 years after Panama was first crossed by Vasco Núñez de Balboa. The United States spent almost $500,000,000 to finish the project. This was by far the largest American engineering project to date. The canal was formally opened with the passage of the cargo ship SS Ancon.

Napoleon Bonaparte is born

Napoléon Bonaparte was a French statesman and military leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars. As Napoleon, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814, and again briefly in 1815 during the Hundred Days.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1769


born 1964

Melinda Gates

born 1938

Maxine Waters