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1981 - U.S.A. Ronald Reagan Shot1981: President Ronald Reagan was shot at close range as he left the Washington Hilton Hotel just about one mile from the White House. The attacker John Hinckley, the son of an affluent oil industry executive, was charged with trying to assassinate the president and in the following June, Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity and was committed to the hospital.
1987 - U.S.A. Vincent Van Gogh1987: An anonymous foreign buyer purchased Vincent Van Gogh's masterpiece 'Sunflowers' for nearly $36.3 million.
2002 - England Queen Mother Dies2002: The Queen Mother died in her sleep today at the age of 101. Tributes have been flooding in from across the world and from all corners of society for "Queen Mum" as she was affectionately known by the British public.
1867 - U.S.A. Buys Alaska1867: The United States government purchases Alaska in 1867. The purchase of Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million meant the US was paying roughly two cents per acre of land.
1909 - U.S.A. 59th Street Bridge1909: The Queensboro Bridge is also known as the 59th Street Bridge, linking the New York boroughs of Manhattan and Queens, opened. The bridge which is a cantilever bridge over the East River in New York City was started in 1903.
1945 - Austria Soviet Invasion1945: The Soviet Union invaded Austria during World War II, and at the end of the war Austria like Germany was divided into 4 zones: American, British, French, and Russian with Vienna similarly divided but at its center was an International Zone, the sovereignty of which alternated at regular intervals between the 4 Powers. The commission had its seat in Vienna. It was dismantled following the conclusion of the Austrian State Treaty in 1955.
1978 - England Politics and Advertising1978: The British Conservative party has recruited a major advertising agency ( Saatchi & Saatchi ) in its bid to win the next general election. It should be remembered that this was the first time a British Political party had hired a high powered advertising agency to get its message across and it changed the form and costs of political advertising making political advertising as original and slick as any brand advertising, it also set the benchmark for all future political advertising.
1979 - England Airey Neave Murdered1979: The British Conservative MP and the shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Airey Neave is killed by a car bomb as he left the House of Commons car park.
1980 - England The Alexander Kielland1980: The Alexander Kielland a floating apartment for oil workers in the North Sea collapses, killing 123 people.
1998 - England BMW Buys Rolls Royce1998: The German carmaker BMW buys Rolls-Royce cars for $570 million.
1999 - U.S.A. Landmark Smoking Damages1999: A jury in Portland, Oregon, in a landmark case ordered Philip Morris to pay $81 million to the family of a man who died of lung cancer after smoking Marlboros for four decades.
2006 - Iran Thirty Days to Return to the Negotiating Table2006: Iran has been given thirty days to return to negotiations on its nuclear program. The talks in Berlin have reinforced the deadline that was set in by the U.N. Security Council, which was urging Iran to halt its uranium enrichment. The U.N. nuclear watchdog's chief has said Iran was not an imminent threat, and that sanctions would be a 'bad idea.' The Berlin talks included the five veto-wielding permanent members of the Council: the U.S., China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom, as well as Germany.
2007 - United States Immigration Arrests in Baltimore2007: Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have raided the offices of a temporary employment agency in Baltimore as well as other places that were contracting workers. Agents arrested sixty-nine employees who could not prove they had papers or legal permission to work in the United States. None of the employment agency's management was taken into custody.
2007 - United States Conviction at the Guantánamo Military Tribunal2007: The military tribunal at Guantánamo Bay has convicted Australian detainee David Hicks for providing material support for terrorism. Hicks accepted a plea deal in exchange for a maximum sentence of seven years in an Australian prison. Hicks said in his plea agreement that he was never subjected to illegal treatment while in US custody. The deal prevents Hicks from talking about his case for the next twelve months and prohibits him from ever profiting from his story.
2008 - Iraq Basra2008: Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has ordered his Mehdi Army militia to withdraw from the streets of Basra and other cities. The Iraqi government has welcomed this, and a government spokesman has said that the decision is 'positive and responsive' and that the move would 'help the government confront those who are violating the law.' The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has called this 'a step in the right direction.' Al-Sadr has told reporters that anyone who carries arms against Iraqi forces is not one of his followers, but called on the government to stop haphazard raids and to release prisoners who have not been charged.
2008 - The United States Open Skies Agreement Takes Effect2008: The United States and the European Union have agreed to a new transatlantic economic partnership in Washington. This has been designed to promote trade and investment by harmonizing the continent's regulatory standards and creating the basis for a single U.S.-E.U. market. Both sides have also signed an Open Skies deal, which reduces fares and boosts traffic on transatlantic flights.
2010 - United States Obama Opens Offshore Drilling Projects2010: The Obama Administration has proposed to open vast expanses of water along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling. The proposal will end a longstanding moratorium on oil exploration along the East Coast from the northern tip of Delaware to the central coast of Florida.
2010 - Russia Suicide Bombs on the Moscow Metro2010: At least 38 people have been killed and more than 60 injured in two suicide bomb attacks on the Moscow Metro. Female suicide bombers are believed to have carried out the attacks on trains that had stopped at two stations during rush hour. No group has claimed responsibility for being behind the attacks, but Russian security services believe the bombers are linked to militant groups in the North Caucasus region.
2011 - Inca Artifacts Returned to Peru2011: Hundreds of Inca artifacts are welcomed back into Peru in a lavish ceremony after being out of the country for nearly one hundred years. The items had been taken from the ancient site of Machu Picchu and were housed at Yale University in the United States. The government of Peru had hosted a lengthy campaign against Yale, saying the artifacts had only been on loan to the university, and Yale eventually gave in, returning the items.
2012 - Japan Says Will Intercept North Korean Rocket2012: Japan has stated that if North Korea launches a rocket in April and it flies into Japan's territory, the country will not hesitate to shoot it down if necessary. South Korea made a similar statement earlier in the week, saying that if it was necessary they too would shoot the rocket down.
2013 - North Korea State of War2013: The secretive country of North Korea announced that it would enter a "state of war" with the neighboring country South Korea. The move came in a series of moves that had escalated tension between North Korea and the rest of the world. The country had been making nearly continuous threats on South Korea and the United States since it had been sanctioned for a nuclear test.
2014 - Forces Occupy Brazil Slum2014: Brazilian security forces have occupied the Mare favela, a dangerous slum near the Rio airport ahead of the country's hosting of the World Cup. It was thought of as a hot spot for drug trafficking and raids in the area turned up large amounts of weapons.
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Known For: As a Canadian and international superstar singer who has had a number of Number 1 singles in Canada, the United States, and around the world including "The Power of Love" ( 1993 ), "Because You Loved Me" ( 1995 ). She got her big break following her win 1988 Eurovision Song Contest singing in French "Ne partez pas sans moi" for Switzerland. She is the best-selling Canadian artist of all time selling 250 million albums, worldwide. She came from a poor area and poverty-stricken Charlemagne one of 14 children, but when asked has always said her childhood was a good time in a happy household. Celine Dion is currently pregnant with her second child.