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Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales divorce

The divorce was finalized in August 1996. Diana received a lump sum settlement of £17 million as well as £400,000 per year. The couple signed a confidentiality agreement that prohibited them from discussing the details of the divorce or of their married life. Days before, letters patent were issued with general rules to regulate royal titles after divorce.

Bill Clinton is nominated to re-run for president

The 1996 National Convention of the U.S. Democratic Party was held at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, in August 1996. President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore were nominated for reelection. This was the first national convention of either party to be held in Chicago since the disastrous riots of the 1968 Democratic convention.

Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his "I Have a Dream" speech

"I Have a Dream" is a public speech delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963, in which he calls for an end to racism in the United States and called for civil and economic rights. The speech was a defining moment of the civil rights movement.

Toyota Motors becomes an independent company

The production of Toyota automobiles was started in 1933 as a division of Toyoda Automatic Loom Works devoted to the production of automobiles under the direction of the founder's son, Kiichiro Toyoda. Its first vehicles were the A1 passenger car and the G1 in 1935. The Toyota Motor Co. was established as an independent company in 1937.

Caleb Bradham invents Pepsi-Cola

Pepsi was first introduced as "Brad's Drink" in New Bern, North Carolina, United States, in 1893 by Caleb Bradham, who made it at his drugstore where the drink was sold. It was renamed Pepsi-Cola in 1898 after the root of the word "dyspepsia" and the kola nuts used in the recipe. The original recipe also included sugar and vanilla.

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