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Toyota reveals $1bn US artificial intelligence lab

Toyota announced it was investing $1 billion over the next 5 years into AI with robotics research and creating a new company, called Toyota Research Institute Inc. The point of research are fully automated cars down the line. Also, the Institute focuses on features that can help drivers avoid crashes, like automated braking.

Michael Bloomberg is elected New York City mayor

Michael Rubens "Mike" Bloomberg served as the 108th Mayor of NYC, holding office for three consecutive terms, beginning with his first election in 2001. A Democrat before seeking elective office, Bloomberg switched his party registration in 2001 to run for mayor as a Republican. He defeated opponent Mark Green in a close election.

Australians vote in a referendum

The Australian republic referendum was a two-question referendum, where 1 question asked whether Australia should become a republic with a President. The republic referendum was defeated because of the opposition from monarchists and division among republicans on the method proposed for selection of the president.

Microsoft wins a landmark deal

After negotiations with Digital Research failed, IBM awarded a contract to Microsoft in November 1980 to provide a version of the CP/M OS, which was set to be used in the upcoming IBM PC.For this deal, Microsoft purchased a CP/M clone called 86-DOS from Seattle Computer Products, which it branded as MS-DOS, though IBM rebranded it to PC DOS.

The United Nations formally condemns Apartheid

The General Assembly of the UN passed Resolution 1761 condemning apartheid policies. The resolution described apartheid as a threat to international peace and security. Additionally, member states of the UN were asked to break off diplomatic relations with South Africa.

The Soviet troops liberate capital of Ukraine from fascist invaders

The captain of tanks D. A. Chumachenko got to Kiev, which was back then the 3rd largest city in the USSR, on the highway Brest-Litovsk. Later, the red flag was raised in the capital. After the WWII, Kiev recovered economically and once again became one of the most important cities in the USSR.

Christopher Columbus learns of maize from Indians of Cuba

Columbus embarked on the first of what would be four voyages, reaching the Bahamian Islands in 1492. He discovered a thriving indigenous people, the Taino, a tribe of the native Arawaks, who drew sustenance from colorful native crops, fish, and game. Maize, beans, squash, and seafood were central components of the native diet.

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