- China announces plans for the world's largest weather-control mechanism, rain-inducing machines for the Tibetan Plateau (area the size of Alaska)
- Israel fires missiles at 70 Iranian targets inside Syria after Iran fires missiles into the Golan Heights, with claims Israel struck first in attack on Baath
Mahathir Mohamad is sworn in as the seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia, the world's oldest leader at 92
New record auction price for a Latin American artwork of $9.76 million for Diego Rivera's "The Rivals"
- Evgeni Vasiukov, Russian chess grandmaster (World Senior Champion 1995), dies at 85
Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 2 years, 6 months and 18 days
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