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Corn price hits all-time high of $849 after dry summer

Corn and soybean prices surged to fresh record highs as concerns heightened over a shortage of crops amid the worst US drought in half a century. The sharp increase in grains prices came as a devastating drought has downgraded prospects for corn and other grains as well as soybeans in the US.

"Gang of Eight" coup in Russia collapses

The 1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt was an attempt by members of the government of the USSR to take control of the country from Soviet President and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. The coup leaders were hard-line members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Filipino opposition leader is shot dead

Aquino, a longtime political opponent of President Ferdinand Marcos, had just landed in his home country after three years of self-imposed exile in the United States when he was shot in the head while being escorted from an aircraft to a vehicle that was waiting to transport him to prison.

American computer scientist Sergey Brin is born

He is known as one of the two co-founders of Google (The other one was Larry Page). They met each other as doctoral students at Stanford University. Together, they developed a search engine which later became Google. Brin is participating in many side projects of the company, like the development of the driverless car, lab-grown meat, kite-energy systems etc.

The first Gap store opens in San Francisco

Don opened the first Gap store on Ocean Avenue in San Francisco on August 21, 1969; its only merchandise consisted of Levi's and LP records to attract teen customers. By 1973, the company had over 25 locations and had expanded into the East Coast market with a store in the Echelon Mall in Voorhees, New Jersey.

Warshaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia

The Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia was a joint invasion of Czechoslovakia by five Warsaw Pact nations – the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Hungary, East Germany and Poland. Approximately 250,000 Warsaw pact troops attacked Czechoslovakia that night, with Romania and Albania refusing to participate.

Oldsmobile, an American car brand, is founded

Oldsmobile was a brand of American automobiles produced for most of its existence by General Motors. Olds Motor Vehicle Co. was founded by Ransom E. Olds in 1897. It produced over 35 million vehicles, including at least 14 million built at its Lansing, Michigan factory.

James Cook claims eastern Australia for Great Britain

Having rounded the Cape, Cook landed on Possession Island, where he claimed the entire coastline he had just explored for the British Crown. In negotiating the Torres Strait past Cape York, Cook also put an end to the speculation that New Holland and New Guinea were part of the same land mass.

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