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Daimler AG

Daimler AG known and referred to as Mercedes, is a German multinational automotive corporation, headquartered in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg. Daimler-Benz was formed with the merger of Benz & Cie and Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft in 1926; the company was renamed DaimlerChrysler upon acquiring the American automobile manufacturer Chrysler Corporation in 1998, was again renamed Daimler upon divestment of Chrysler in 2007. As of 2014, Daimler owned or had shares in a number of car, bus and motorcycle brands including Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG, Smart Automobile, Detroit Diesel, Western Star, Thomas Built Buses, BharatBenz, Mitsubishi Fuso, MV Agusta as well as shares in Denza, KAMAZ and BAIC Motor; the luxury Maybach brand was terminated at the end of 2012, but revived in April 2015 as "Mercedes-Maybach" versions of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and G-Class. In 2019, Daimler sold 3.3 million vehicles. By unit sales, Daimler is the thirteenth-largest car manufacturer and is the largest truck manufacturer in the world.

Daimler provides financial services through its Daimler Financial Services arm. The company is a component of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index. Daimler AG complex in Stuttgart include central company headquarters, Mercedes-Benz and Daimler car plants, Mercedes-Benz Museum and stadium Mercedes-Benz Arena. Daimler AG's origin is in an Agreement of Mutual Interest signed on 1 May 1924 between Benz & Cie and Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft. Both companies continued to manufacture their separate automobile and internal combustion engine marques until 28 June 1926, when Benz & Cie. and Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft formally merged - becoming Daimler-Benz AG - and agreed that thereafter, all of the factories would use the brand name of "Mercedes-Benz" on their automobiles. The inclusion of the name Mercedes in the new brand name honored the most important model series of DMG automobiles, the Mercedes series, which were designed and built by Wilhelm Maybach, they derived their name from a 1900 engine named after the daughter of Emil Jellinek.

Jellinek became one of DMG's directors in 1900, ordered a small number of motor racing cars built to his specifications by Maybach, stipulated that the engine must be named Daimler-Mercedes, made the new automobile famous through motorsports. That race car became known as the Mercedes 35 hp; the first of the series of production models bearing the name Mercedes had been produced by DMG in 1902. Jellinek left the DMG board of directors in 1909; the name of Daimler as a marque of automobiles had been sold by DMG - following his death in 1900 - for use by other companies. Since the new company, Daimler-Benz, would have created confusion and legal problems by including Daimler in its new brand name, it therefore used the name Mercedes to represent the Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft interest. Karl Benz remained as a member of the board of directors of Daimler-Benz AG until his death in 1929. Although Daimler-Benz is best known for its Mercedes-Benz automobile brand, during World War II, it created a notable series of engines for German aircraft and submarines.

Its cars became the first choice of many Nazi, Fascist Italian and Japanese officials including Hermann Goring, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Hirohito, who most notably used the Mercedes-Benz 770 luxury car. Daimler produced parts for German arms, most notably barrels for Mauser Kar98k rifles. During World War II, Daimler-Benz employed the use of over 60,000 concentration camp prisoners and other forced laborers to build machinery. After the war, Daimler admitted to its links and coordination with the Nazi government. In 1966, Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH merged with Mercedes-Benz Motorenbau Friedrichshafen GmbH to form Maybach Mercedes-Benz Motorenbau GmbH, under partial ownership by Daimler-Benz; the company is renamed Motoren und Turbinen-Union Friedrichshafen GmbH in 1969. In 1989, Daimler-Benz InterServices AG was created to handle data processing and insurance services, real estate management for the Daimler group. In 1995, MTU Friedrichshafen became a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler-Benz.

In a so-called "Merger of Equals," or "Marriage made in Heaven", according to its CEO and architect Jürgen E. Schrempp, Daimler-Benz AG and United States-based automobile manufacturer Chrysler Corporation, the smallest of the main three American automakers, merged in 1998 in an exchange of shares and formed DaimlerChrysler AG. Valued at US$38 billion, it was the world's largest cross-border deal; the terms of the merger allowed Daimler-Benz's non-automotive businesses such as Daimler-Benz InterServices AG, "debis AG" for short, to continue to pursue their respective strategies of expansion. Debis AG reported revenues of $8.6 bn in 1997. The merger was contentious with investors launching lawsuits over whether the transaction was the'merger of equals' that senior management claimed or amounted to a Daimler-Benz takeover of Chrysler. A class action investor lawsuit was settled in August 2003 for US$300 million while a suit by billionaire investor activist Kirk Kerkorian was dismissed on 7 April 2005.

The transaction claimed the job of its architect, Chairman Jürgen E. Schrempp, who resigned at the end of 2005 in response to the fall of the company's share price following the transaction; the merger was the subject of a book Taken for a Ride: How Daimler-Benz Drove Off With Chrysler, by

La Marseillaise des Blancs

La Marseillaise des Blancs is a royalist and Catholic adaptation of what has been used as the national anthem of France by republicans since the French Revolution, known as La Marseillaise. The lyrical content of the Royal and Catholic variation is counter-revolutionary and originated from the War in the Vendée, where locals attempted to resist the republican forces; the lyrics below are based on a translation by Charles A. Coulombe. In the first verse the "blues", refers to the revolutionary republicans—the Jacobins; the Rodrigue mentioned in the second verse refers to François-Ambroise Rodrigue, a local bishop who collaborated with the Revolution, contrary to papal authority. The "treasonous priests" in the fourth verse refers to certain "Constitutional priests", who swore loyalty to the government of the republican regime over the Pope. In the same verse the Camus mentioned is Armand-Gaston Camus, the Secretary of the Revolutionary Convention, who played a major role in seizing Church property and the regicide of the King of France.

La Vandeana Oriamendi Royalist Marseillaise 1793

Melinda Schneider

Melinda Schneider is an Australian country music singer and songwriter and radio host. Schneider has been performing since she was three and sang with her mother on the album The Magic of Yodeling at the age of eight. Schneider studied dance as a child and made her acting debut on the popular Australian drama A Country Practice when aged thirteen, she sang the theme music for the ABC TV series Something in the Air. She attended St Joseph's Kogarah for her high school years. In 2006, Schneider was invited by Deborah Conway to take part in the Broad Festival project, with three other Australian female artists, they performed their own and each other's songs. With Schneider and Conway were Mia Dyson, Kate Miller-Heidke and Ella Hooper. Schneider is a multi-Golden Guitar winner at the Country Music Awards of Australia in Tamworth, winning her sixth with Paul Kelly for'Vocal Collaboration of the Year' for their duet "Still Here" in 2009, she was nominated in the same category at the 2010 awards for "Courageous" with the Australian Girls Choir.

Schneider is the daughter of singer-songwriter and yodeller Mary Schneider, she has been in a domestic relationship with Choirboys band member Mark Gable for the past ten years. In 2010, Schneider was a participant on the ABC Television program Bush Slam and a celebrity contestant on the Channel 7 show Dancing with the Stars partnered by Serghei Bolgarschii in Season 10. Schneider was the host of her own show'Love Songs with Melinda Schneider" on Star 104.5 FM, the show aired every weeknight in 2015 from 8 pm. As the title indicates the show was focused on songs of a romantic nature; this was Schneider's first radio show as host. Schneider starred in her own theatre show Doris: So Much More Than The Girl Next Door, written by Schneider and David Mitchell; the show told the story of her Doris Day's life and opened in May 2011 at the Twelfth Night Theatre in Brisbane before moving to Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne, onto the Regal Theatre in Perth and to the Lyric Theatre, Sydney. Her album Great Women of Country is a tribute to legendary female country singer's and composers, is a duet album with Australian country vocalist Beccy Cole My Oxygen Happy Tears The Kitchen Table Tapes Family Tree Stronger Be Yourself Hits & Rarities Melinda Does Doris No. 24 AUS Life Begins at 40 – The Ultimate Collection Great Women of Country Melinda Does Doris Again No. 97 AUSNote: In 1994, Melinda featured on the Australian dance group Audio Murphy, Inc.'s single "Tighten Up Your Pants" Doris – so much more than the girl next door, Stage Whispers Melinda Schneider, Official website Performer – Melinda Schneider, Australian Broadcasting Corporation 2000s, Country Music Association of Australia A glittering new line-up for this year's Dancing With The Stars, Yahoo!7 Ben Sorensen talks to Melinda Schneider, Real Country Melinda Schneider on Ben Sorensen's Real Country 2011, YouTube