Today in History: August 1st

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Some of the historical events that took place on August 1st, that made headlines in the last five years:

2014 Days after imposing additional sanctions against Russia, U.S. President Barack Obama contacts Russian President Vladimir Putin to express concern about Russia’s continuing support of Ukrainian separatists

2014 Apple Inc. will be required to pay $450 million in settlements if found guilty of antitrust violations concerning e-book price fixing; the outcome of an appeal by Apple is pending

2013 Russia grants NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden one year of temporary political asylum; Snowden leaves Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport

2013 Republican Representative Ted Cruz urged grass-roots activists join him in the fight to defund The Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare

2012 A poll by the British Film Institute’s ‘Sight and Sound’ magazine lists Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 thriller ‘Vertigo’ as the greatest film of all time

2012 In India, an earlier blackout that left over 600 million people without power ends when power is restored

2011 HSBC bank announces it will cut 5,000 jobs now and 25,000 jobs by 2013

2011 Tropical storm warnings are issued as Tropical Storm Emily forms in the Atlantic Ocean

2010 Hawaii’s Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and Sri Lanka’s central highlands are added to the World Heritage List

2010 The U.S. pledges $10 million in foreign aid money to help victims of the Pakistan floods

Source: brainyhistory.com

Compiled by: SELLWANE KHAKHAU