On this day, the first meeting of the well-known Bilderberg Group, which many conspiracy theorists still believe secretly controls the world, was held. The group was named Bilderberg after the hotel where the first conference was held. It was the Hotel de Bilderberg in Oosterbeek village, not far from the city of Arnhem in the Netherlands (famous for the great battle which took place there during World War II, in which the Germans defeated the Allies). The group was officially founded with the aim to promote cooperation between Europe and North America. The first meeting was attended by 50 delegates from 11 European countries and the USA.
The delegates were high government officials or directors of corporations (IBM, Xerox, Royal Dutch Shell, Nokia, and Daimler). The Bilderberg Group meetings are still held today. Some of the famous members during the past sixty years were: Carl Bildt, Lord Carrington, Lord Owen, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, Timothy Geithner, Jean-Claude Trichet, Ben Bernanke, David Rockefeller, Bill Gates, Prince Charles, and Austrian President Heinz Fischer. Former President Bill Clinton is among the more recent members. Each year the group meets in a different city (for example, in 2011 in St. Moritz, Switzerland). Annual meetings are attended by 120 to 130 members.