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F1 legend Michael Schumacher retires

The 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race that took place at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2012. The race marked the last race for Michael Schumacher, after he announced his retirement for the second time. It was also the last race for HRT, as they collapsed before the start of 2013.

Michael Morton is released from prison

Michael Morton is an American who was wrongfully convicted in 1987 in a Williamson County, Texas court of the 1986 murder of his wife Christine Morton. He spent nearly 25 years in prison before he was exonerated by DNA evidence which supported his claim of innocence and pointed to the crime being committed by another individual.


FIFA bans Nigeria from international competition

Nigeria was indefinitely banned from international football due to government interference following the 2010 World Cup. Four days later, however, the ban was "provisionally lifted" until the end of October, the day after the officially unrecognized National Association of Nigerian Footballers dropped its court case against the NFF.

Ajka alumina plant accident

The Ajka alumina sludge spill was an industrial accident at a caustic waste reservoir chain of the Ajkai Timföldgyár alumina plant in Ajka, Veszprém County, in western Hungary. The northwestern corner of the dam of reservoir number 10 collapsed, freeing approximately one million cubic metres of liquid waste from red mud lakes.

WikiLeaks is launched by Julian Assange

WikiLeaks is an international non-profit organization that publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media provided by anonymous sources. Its website, initiated in 2006 in Iceland by the organization Sunshine Press, claims a database of 10 million documents in 10 years since its launch. Julian Assange, an Australian Internet activist, is generally described as its founder and director.

SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight

SpaceShipOne is an experimental air-launched rocket-powered aircraft. It's capable to gain speed of up to 900 m/s, using a hybrid rocket motor. As it won the US$10 million prize, it was immediately retired from active service. Its mother ship was named "White King".

Maxim restaurant suicide bombing

Suicide bomber named Hanadi Jaradat, associated with Palestinian Islamic Jihad, detonated a bomb on her body in the beachfront "Maxim" restaurant in Haifa, Israel. 21 other people died and 51 were injured.

Ukraine shot down Siberia Airlines Flight 1812

Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 was a commercial flight shot down by the Ukrainian Air Force over the Black Sea in 2001, en route from Tel Aviv, Israel to Novosibirsk, Russia. The aircraft, Tupolev Tu-154, carried an estimated 66 passengers and 12 crew members. Most of the passengers were Israelis visiting relatives in Russia. There were no survivors.

Bank robbery of $17.3 million

The robbery occurred in a cash-handling company Loomis, Fargo & Co. in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was executed by vault supervisor David Scott Ghantt, his girlfriend Kelly Campbell), Steve Chambers, his wife Michelle Chambers, Michael Gobbies and four other co-conspirators, who were later arrested by FBI.

Tanks bombard the Russian parliament

Demonstrators removed police cordons around the parliament and took over the Mayor's offices and tried to storm the Ostankino television centre. The army, which had initially declared its neutrality, stormed the Supreme Soviet building in the early morning hours of 4 October by Yeltsin's order, and arrested the leaders of the resistance.

A cargo plane crashes into an apartment building

A jumbo jet El Al Flight 1862 crashed into two blocks of flats in a crowded working-class suburb of Amsterdam, killing four occupants of the aircraft and 39 people on the ground. A memorial was built near the crash site with the names of the victims.

'Beverly Hills 90210' first airs on Fox

Beverly Hills, 90210 is an American teen drama television series created by Darren Star and produced by Aaron Spelling. The series follows a group of friends as they transition from high school to college and into the adult world. The show became a great success and global pop culture phenomenon.

'The Last Emperor' premieres at the Tokyo International Film Festival

The Last Emperor is a 1987 epic biographical drama film, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, about the life of Puyi, the last Emperor of China, whose autobiography was the basis for the screenplay written by Bertolucci and Mark Peploe. Independently produced by Jeremy Thomas, it was directed by Bertolucci and released in 1987 by Columbia Pictures.

The Beatles go to #1 on the UK chart with 'Abbey Road'

Although Abbey Road was an immediate commercial success and reached  No. 1 in the UK and US, it initially received mixed reviews, some critics describing its music as inauthentic and bemoaning the production's artificial effects. Many critics now view the album as the Beatles' best and rank it as one of the greatest albums of all time.

Pope visits the US for the first time in history

Pope Paul VI was the first reigning Pope to visit the United States. He met with the President Lyndon B. Johnson in the New York City and wanted to address the United Nations and promote peace, especially as conflict between India and Pakistan was heating up.

Hurricane Flora kills 6,000 in Cuba and Haiti

Hurricane Flora belongs to the deadliest Atlantic hurricanes in history. Flora developed from a disturbance in the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone. It reached maximum sustained winds of 145 miles per hour in the Caribbean. Flora totally led to death of over 6,000 people.

The Tornadoes are at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Telstar" is 1962 instrumental written and produced by Joe Meek for the English band the Tornados. The track reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and was also a number one hit in the UK Singles Chart. It was the second instrumental single to hit No. 1 in 1962 on both the US and UK weekly charts.

'A Taste of Honey' opens on Broadway

The play opened on Broadway at New York City’s Lyceum Theatre. Delaney’s play opened to mixed reviews. In many cases, her characters were praised for their honest, realistic voices. The play was also singled out for its accurate depictions of working-class lives.

The first trans-Atlantic jet passenger service

The British Overseas Airways Corporation flew the first jet airliner service using the de Havilland Comet, when G-APDC initiated the first transatlantic Comet 4 service and the first scheduled transatlantic passenger jet service in history, flying from London to New York with a stopover at Gander.

Space age begins

Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, first artificial satellite in history. It was a metal sphere, 58 centimetres in diameter, with four long radio antennas. It was visible by naked eye and broadcasted radio pulses detectable by amateur radio enthusiasts. People organized parties to spot Sputnik. It worked 21 days and completed 1440 orbits.


Los Angeles Dodgers win their first World Series title

The Los Angeles Dodgers are an American professional baseball team and they have won six World Series titles and 21 National League pennants. The Dodgers achieved their first World Series title by defeating their great rival, the Yankees, for the first time.

Founder of quantum theory dies

Max Planck was a famous German theoretical physicist. He suggested that electromagnetic radiation could be emitted only in small chunks, called energy quanta. This suggestion caused the revolution in physics and gave birth to a quantum theory which describes the world of atoms and subatomic particles.

Esquire magazine is published for the first time

Esquire is an American men's magazine, which was founded at the times of the Great Depression under the guidance of founders Arnold Gingrich, David A. Smart and Henry L. Jackson. Gingrich was involved in publishing, Smart took control over the business side and Jackson edited the fashion section.

Orient Express departs on its first official journey

The Orient Express was a long-distance passenger train service. Although the original intention was to offer a normal international railway service, its name became synonymous with luxury and comfort. The two cities mostly associated with the Orient Express are Paris and Istanbul.

The Ottoman Empire declares war on Russia

The Crimean War was a military conflict during 1853-1856, in which Russian Empire lost to an alliance of the Ottoman Empire, France, Britain and Sardinia. The cause involved the decline of the Ottoman Empire and the unwillingness of Britain and France to allow Russia to gain territory at Ottoman expense.

First wearable gadget

Dutch mathematician and scientist Christiaan Huygens patented a pocket watch. Pocket watches have been very popular for more than two and half centuries. Usually, they had attached a chain which allowed them to be secured to a jacket. After the World War I, most people started to use wrist watches.

The first English Bible comes off the press

Myles Coverdale was an English ecclesiastical reformer chiefly known as a Bible translator, preacher and, briefly, Bishop of Exeter. In 1535 Coverdale produced the first complete printed translation of the Bible into English. His theological development is a paradigm of the progress of the English Reformation from 1530 to 1552.

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