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On July the 8th
NATO invited the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland to join the alliance. The induction to the organization would
Germany's national football team won the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, defeating the national team of Argentina with a score of 1-0.
An assassination attempt against Iraqi president Saddam Hussein took place in the city of Dujail. Following the failed attempt against him, reprisals were taken against the inhabitants of the city. These reprisals were one of the main charges against the former Iraqi leader during his 2006 trial which resulted in his sentencing to death.
British troops opened fire and killed 2 protesters in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Despite public outrage over the killings, the British government refused to hold an inquiry regarding the shootings. The event itself as well as the position of the British government sparked one of the most violent series of clashes ever to occur in Northern Ireland.
British actress, Vivien Leigh, died at the age of 53. She was one of the most successful performers of her era, who frequently collaborated with her husband, Laurence Olivier.
American actor, Kevin Bacon, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His breakthrough role was the 1984 blockbuster movie, Footloose.
American actress, Anjelica Huston, was born in Santa Monica, California. While she has starred in numerous highly successful and critically acclaimed movies, she is most known for her role as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family movies. She is also known for her long time relationship with Jack Nicholson from 1973 to 1989.
The financial newspaper, Wall Street Journal, was first published. It is one of the newspapers with the largest circulation in the United States, as well as a strong presence on a global scale.
American businessman, John D. Rockefeller, was born in Richford, New York. He was one of the founders of Standard Oil, one of the largest and most profitable companies in history. He is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest American industrialists as well as one of the greatest philanthropists. It is estimated that by the time of his death in 1937, he had donated more than 500 million dollars to a multitude of charities.
German inventor, Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, was born in Konstanz, Grand Duchy of Baden. He was the founder of the Zeppelin airship company.
British politician, Joseph Chamberlain, was born in London. He was one of the most influential British politicians throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries.
British businessman, Elihu Yale, died at the age of 71. He was part of the British East India Company, and had managed to amass a huge fortune throughout his lifetime. He used part of his fortune to help the then newly formed Collegiate School of Connecticut, which was later renamed and is still known as Yale University.
Dutch scientist, Christiaan Huygens, died at the age of 65. He helped develop calculus and is also famous for discovering the moon of Saturn, Titan.
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