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On May the 23th
The Java programming language was officially announced by Sun Microsystems.
The sci-fi TV series 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' aired its final episode in the USA. It was the most financially successful TV series in the history of syndication.
Russian chess grandmaster, Anatoly Karpov, was born in Zlatoust, Soviet Union. We was world champion in chess for ten years, before loosing to Garry Kasparov.
Heinrich Himmler, the notorious head of the Nazi SS, committed suicide while in an Allied prison.
The first ever talking cartoon of 'Mickey Mouse' was released.
Belgium's Sabena airlines was launched. It remained in operation for 68 years, up until 2001 when it declared bankruptcy.
American actor, Douglas Fairbanks, was born in Denver, Colorado. He is considered to have been the first true action hero of the silver screen. In 1919 he was one of the co-founders of United Artists. He was married to fellow actress Mary Pickford, to become what is known as the first Hollywood celebrity marriage. They were separated in 1933.
Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundian army.
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