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The Playboy Mansion is sold

In 2016 the Playboy Mansion was bought for $100 million by Daren Metropoulos, the co-owner of Hostess Brands and head of the investment firm Metropoulos & Co. Metropoulos intends to eventually renovate and restore the mansion to its original form.

China eclipses Japan as the world's second biggest economy

China has leapfrogged Japan to become the world's second-largest economy, a title Japan has held for more than 40 years. While Japan grew 3.9% in 2010, its first annual growth in three years, this was not enough to hold off China's booming economy. Japan's nominal GDP was $5.4742tn in 2010, less than China's total of $5.8786tn.

Terrorist mastermind Abu Nidal is found dead in Baghdad

Iraq's chief of intelligence, Taher Jalil Habbush said Iraqi officials had arrived at Abu Nidal's home to arrest him on suspicion of conspiring with foreign governments. After saying he needed a change of clothes, he went into his bedroom and shot himself in the mouth, according to Habbush.

Cyprus gained independence from the UK

In 1960, Cyprus gained its independence from the United Kingdom, after the long anti-British campaign by the Greek Cypriot EOKA, a guerrilla group which desired political union with Greece, or enosis. Archbishop Makarios III, a charismatic religious and political leader, was elected the first president of independent Cyprus.

Setting off the Klondike Gold Rush in Canada

The Klondike Gold Rush was a migration by an estimated 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon in north-western Canada between 1896 and 1899. Gold was discovered there by local miners and, when news reached Seattle and San Francisco the following year, it triggered a stampede of prospectors.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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died 2003

Idi Amin