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NHL season begins

The 2018–19 NHL season will be the 102nd season of operation NHL. 31 teams will be competing in an 82-game regular season. The regular season is scheduled to begin in October 2018 and will end in April 2019. The 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs will then begin a few days afterward, with the Stanley Cup Finals held in late May to early June.

Forza Motorsport 7 is released

Forza Motorsport 7 is a racing video game developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft Studios, serving as the 10th installment in the Forza series. It was released on Microsoft Windows and Xbox One in October 2017, with early access to those who have pre-ordered the game's Ultimate and Deluxe editions.

"Origin" by Dan Brown is published

Origin is a 2017 mystery thriller novel by American author Dan Brown and the fifth installment in his Robert Langdon series, following Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Inferno. The book was released in 2017 by Doubleday. The book is entirely set in Spain.

$700bn bailout for US banks is approved

The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, commonly referred to as a bailout of the U.S. financial system, is a law enacted subsequently to the subprime mortgage crisis authorizing the United States Secretary of the Treasury to spend up to $700 billion to purchase distressed assets, especially mortgage-backed securities, and supply cash directly to banks.

Hurricane Stan hits Mexico

Hurricane Stan was a deadly and destructive tropical cyclone that took place in the areas of Central America. Stan formed from a tropical wave. Its peak intensity was with winds of 80 miles per hour. Stan caused about 1668 deaths across six countries. The mostly affected country was Guatemala.

The longest-running one-woman show in Broadway history

In October 2004 Golda's Balcony, the William Gibson play about Israeli prime minister Golda Meir, achieved a very specific landmark. It became the longest-running one-woman show in Broadway history. It opened in October 2003 at the Helen Hayes Theatre, where it ran for 14 previews and 493 performances.

"Desperate Housewives" first airs on ABC

Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama and mystery series. Set on Wisteria Lane, a street in the fictional town of Fairview in the fictional Eagle State, Desperate Housewives follows the lives of a group of women as seen through the eyes of their late friend and neighbor who committed suicide in the pilot episode.

Tom Jones goes to #1 on the UK album chart

Reload is an album by Tom Jones. It contains fifteen duets with a range of artists including Van Morrison, Cerys Matthews, Stereophonics, Robbie Williams and Portishead, recorded with their usual record producers and in their usual studios. Reload became the highest seller of Jones' career, reaching number one on the British charts.


O.J. Simpson is found not guilty of the murder

O. J. Simpson is known for his trial for the murders of his former wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman as they were stabbed to death outside Nicole's condominium. At the day of the trial an estimated 100 million people tuned in to watch or listen to the verdict announcement.

Sineád O'Connor tore up a picture of pope

O'Connor appeared on Saturday Night Live as a musical guest. She presented a photo of Pope John Paul II to the camera while singing the word "evil", after which she tore the photo into pieces, said "Fight the real enemy", and threw the pieces towards the camera.

East and West Germany reunite

The Day of German Unity is the national day of Germany, celebrated as a public holiday. It commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990 when the goal of a united Germany, that originated in the middle of the 19th century, was fulfilled again. Therefore, the name addresses neither the re-union nor the union, but the unity of Germany.


Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović is born

Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Manchester United. From 2001 to 2016, he was a member of the Sweden national team, serving as as its captain from 2010. Totally, he won 33 various trophies in his football carrier.

American singer Gwen Stefani is born

Gwen Stefani is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, actress, and television personality. She is a co-founder and the lead vocalist of the band No Doubt that experienced major success after their breakthrough studio album Tragic Kingdom along with various successful singles, including "Just a Girl", "Don't Speak", and "Hey Baby".

American singer Woody Guthrie dies

Guthrie died of complications of Huntington's disease in 1967. By the time of his death, his work had been discovered by a new audience, introduced to them through Dylan, Pete Seeger, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, his ex-wife Marjorie and other new members of the folk revival, and his son Arlo.

Fastest flight

The X-15 experimental rocket-plane achieved speed of Mach 6.72 (7 274 km/h). It was a speed record for manned aircraft with wings and it remains unchallenged today. The aircraft was piloted by William J. Knight. NASA and USAF conducted 199 X-15 flights between 1959 and 1968. Many of the pilots received astronaut badge.

Broadway debut of "Stop the World – I Want to Get Off"

After 1 preview, the Broadway production opened in October 1962 at the Shubert Theatre, eventually transferring to the Ambassador to complete its 555-performance run. Newley and Quayle reprised their London roles. Newley later was replaced by Kenneth Nelson, then Joel Grey, and Joan Eastman assumed the roles of Evie et al. A Broadway cast recording was released by Polydor.

Mickey Mouse Club premieres

The Mickey Mouse Club was an American variety television show that aired intermittently from 1955 to 1996. The show created by Walt Disney was first broadcasted by ABC on weekday afternoons and featured cast of mostly teen performers. In 2017, the show returned to social media, such as Facebook and Instagram.

Britain successfully tests its first atomic bomb

Operation Hurricane was the test of the first UK atomic device in 1952. A plutonium implosion device was detonated in the lagoon in the Monte Bello Islands in Western Australia. With the success of Operation Hurricane, Britain became the third nuclear power after the United States and the Soviet Union.


Shot Heard 'Round the World

"The shot heard round the world" is a phrase referring to several historical incidents, particularly the opening of the American Revolutionary War in 1775 and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914.

Elvis Presley makes his first ever-public appearance

The contest, held at the Mississippi–Alabama Fair and Dairy Show, was his first public performance. The ten-year-old Presley was dressed as a cowboy; he stood on a chair to reach the microphone and sang "Old Shep". He recalled placing fifth.

Singer Chubby Checker is born

Chubby Checker is an American rock n roll singer and dancer. He is widely known for popularising many dance styles including the twist dance style, with his 1960 hit cover of Hank Ballard's R&B hit "The Twist" and the Pony with the hit "Pony Time".

Singer Eddie Cochran is born

Ray Edward "Eddie" Cochran was an American musician. Cochran's rockabilly songs, such as "Twenty Flight Rock", "C'mon Everybody" and "Somethin' Else", captured teenage frustration and desire in the mid-1950s and early 1960s. He experimented with multitrack recording, distortion techniques, and overdubbing even on his earliest singles.

Fascist Italy invades Ethiopia

The Second Italo-Ethiopian War was a colonial war from 1935 until 1939, despite the Italian claim to have defeated Ethiopia by 1936, the year of the capture of Addis Ababa. The war was fought between the armed forces of the Kingdom of Italy and those of the Ethiopian Empire. Ethiopia was defeated, annexed and subjected to military occupation.

Iraq wins independence

The kingdom of Iraq was granted full independence in 1932, after the Anglo-Iraqi Treaty. The independent Iraqi Kingdom under the Hashemite rulers underwent a period of turbulence through its entire existence. Establishment of Sunni religious domination in Iraq was followed by Assyrian, Yazidi and Shi'a unrests, which were all brutally suppressed.

Inventor Frank Pantridge is born

Irish cardiologist Frank Pantridge developed portable defibrillator. Pantridge realized that most coronary deaths are result of disturbance of the heart rhythm, called ventricular defibrillation. It can be corrected by electric shock, but it has to be applied ASAP. So he suggested equipping ambulances with new special devices.

US Federal income tax is signed into law

The Revenue Act of 1913 re-imposed the federal income tax after the ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment and lowered basic tariff rates from 40% to 25%. It was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson and sponsored by Alabama Representative Oscar Underwood.

Inventor Elias Howe dies

Elias Howe invented the sewing machine. Although Howe was not first to came with the idea, his machine was first practical and commercially successful. He had to compete with other sewing machine designers, Isaac Singer and Walter Hunt. They stole some of Howe`s technical solutions.

Italy obtained Venice

According to the Treaty of Vienna signed in October 1866, the Austrian Empire ceded Venetia to the French Empire, which in turn would cede it to the Kingdom of Italy, under the reservation of the "consent of the people duly consulted". This represented the final division of the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia, as Lombardy had been ceded to the Kingdom of Sardinia by the Treaty of Zurich in 1859.

Abraham Lincoln announces official Thanksgiving holiday

Thanksgiving has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens," to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.

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