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Kremlin announces deal of the year

The decision of Qatar and commodities trader Glencore showed that a share in one of the world's biggest oil companies outweighed the risks related to Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the conflict of Ukraine.

Plans for London’s tallest skyscraper are unveiled

The tallest skyscraper called 1 Undershaft is planned to be a 300m tall office building with 73 floors. The construction plan has been created by Aroland Holdings and designed by Eric Parry Architects. The skyscraper should replace the St Helen's tower.

Bill Gates goes online

Bill Gates announced Microsoft's commitment to supporting and enhancing the Internet to the world's media and the public. He also revealed plans for Microsoft's own Internet browser called Explorer.

Mikhail Gorbachev meets with President Reagan in Washington

The Washington Summit of 1987 was a Cold War-era meeting between United States president Ronald Reagan and General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. Reagan and Gorbachev discussed regional conflicts in Afghanistan, Central America, and Southern Africa, arms control issues for weapons and human rights.

The first person in the USA to be executed using lethal injection

Charles Brooks Jr. was a convicted murderer who was the first person in the United States to be executed using lethal injection. He was the first prisoner executed in Texas since 1964, and the first Black to be executed anywhere in the United States of America in the post-Gregg era.

Pearl Harbor is bombed

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory. The attack led to the United States' entry into World War II. 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded.

Martin Van Buren is elected 8th president

Martin Van Buren was the eighth President of the United States from 1837 to 1841. A founder of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the ninth Governor of New York, the tenth U.S. Secretary of State, and the eighth Vice President of the United States.

Roman orator Cicero is assassinated

Cicero was caught leaving his villa in Formiae in a litter going to the seaside where he hoped to embark on a ship destined for Macedonia. When his killers arrived, Cicero's own slaves said they had not seen him, but he was given away by Philologus, a freedman of his brother Quintus Cicero.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1980

Dan Bilzerian

born 1928

Noam Chomsky

born 1952

Susan Collins