(1995) Bill Gates announced a nine billion dollar plan that would send almost 900 satellites into orbit relaying data around the globe.
(1995) Speilberg won his first Academy Award for best picture and best director in "Schindler's List."
(1991) 27 people were lost at sea when two US Navy anti-submarine planes collided.
(1990) Businessman Alan Bond sold Van Gogh's "Irises," to the J. Paul Getty Museum. Bond had purchased the painting for 53.9 million dollars.
(1980) The iconic "Dallas" season finale aired. The show known partly for its cliffhanger where J.R. was shot by an unknown assailant. "Who shot J.R." was a nationwide phenomenon until the following season. Outside the U.S.- it's said that Turkish parliament held a special holiday so members could go home on this day.
(1980) Jimmy Carter announced the US boycott of the Olympics in the USSR. The USSR responded with the boycotting in the US during the following Olympics.