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Bosnian war criminal Slobodan Praljak commits suicide

During the pronouncement of the appeal judgment, Praljak addressed the judges, saying: "Judges, Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal. With disdain, I reject your verdict!" He then drank what he said was poison, leading presiding judge to suspend the hearings. ICTY medical staff transported Praljak to nearby HMC Hospital, where he died.

American Airlines files for bankruptcy

AMR Corporation, then the parent company of American Airlines, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November, and American began capacity cuts on July 1, 2012, due to the grounding of several aircraft associated with its bankruptcy and lack of pilots due to retirements. American ceased its service to Delhi, India in March 2012.

The first commercially successful video game

Pong is one of the earliest arcade video games. It is a table tennis sports game featuring simple two-dimensional graphics. Allan Alcorn created Pong as a training exercise assigned to him by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell. Bushnell based the idea on an electronic ping-pong game included in the Magnavox Odyssey.

Lyndon B. Johnson investigates the assassination of J.F.K.

The Warren Commission was established to report on the assassination, mandating the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of evidence. The final report consisted of 888 pages and was presented to Johnson one year later. It confirmed that Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald.

Eisenhower goes to Korea to try to end the Korean War

As Eisenhower was critical of the Truman administration's foreign policy and inability to end the war in Korea, he himself went to Korea and made an attempt to end the conflict, after he was elected as President of the USA. When he came back, he adopted a strict policy toward the communists in Korea.

U.N. votes for partition of Palestine

The Resolution of the UN General Assembly ended the British Mandate in the area and suggested the creation of independent Arab and Jewish States and a Special International Regime for the city of Jerusalem. However, the Resolution was followed by a civil war, hence the plan was not implemented.

City of San Jose is founded

San Jose was founded as the Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, the first city founded in the Californias. It then became a part of Mexico in 1821 after the Mexican War of Independence. Following the American Conquest of California during the Mexican–American War, the territory was ceded to the United States in 1848.

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