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'Girl With Balloon' shreds itself after auction

One of Banksy's works, Balloon Girl, was sold in an auction at Sotheby's in London for £1.04m. However, very shortly after the gavel dropped and it was sold, an alarm sounded inside of the picture frame and the canvas passed through a shredder hidden within the frame, partially shredding the picture.

Investigative journalist Viktoria Marinova is murdered

Marinova's body was found in a riverside park in Ruse. She had been beaten and raped before being murdered. Marinova was the third journalist killed in the European Union in less than a year, after Daphne Caruana Galizia from Malta, and Jan Kuciak and his fiancée from Slovakia.

Prince's Paisley Park is opened to public

Paisley Park Records was an American record label founded by musician Prince in 1985, which was distributed by and funded in part by Warner Bros. Records. In October 2016 the park was officially opened to the public.

Facebook completes acquisition of WhatsApp

Months after a venture capital financing round at a $1.5 billion valuation, Facebook announced it was acquiring WhatsApp for US$19 billion, its largest acquisition to date. The acquisition caused a considerable number of users to move, or try out other message services as well.

'Big Fish' opens at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre

“Big Fish” is a new Broadway musical based on the 2003 Tim Burton film and the popular novel by Daniel Wallace. Part adventure, part fantasy, “Big Fish” is a journey through a magical world filled with bigger than life characters.

'We Built This City' is named the worst song of the 80s

"We Built This City" is a 1985 song originally recorded by US rock group Starship and released as their debut single on their album Knee Deep in the Hoopla. Commercially, the single reached number 1 in Australia, Canada and the US. It has appeared on several "worst song" lists, topping a 2011 Rolling Stone poll of worst songs of the 1980s by a wide margin.

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launch Instagram

Instagram is a photo-sharing application which lets registered users upload photos or videos. Users can apply diverse digital filters to their images, add locations and hashtags. In 2012, Instagram was acquired by Facebook. In 2015, Instagram was named No. 1 by Mashable on its list of The 100 best iPhone apps of all time.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' is named the UK's best music video

Queen's groundbreaking promo for their 1975 hit Bohemian Rhapsody has been named the UK's best music video in a survey of music fans. Out of 1,051 adults polled by O2, 30% named the 6-minute video - which took only three hours to shoot and cost a mere £3,500 to make - their favorite.

Shakira is at #1 on the US Hot Latin songs chart with 'Suerte'

The Spanish version of the "Whenever, Wherever", "Suerte"/"Luck", also written by Shakira and Mitchell, was released as a single in Spain, Mexico as well as in a handful of countries in South America. It too became a huge hit, peaking at number-one on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart for seven non-consecutive weeks and remained within the top ten of the chart for over four months.


England qualify for the World Cup thanks to Beckham

David Beckham sent England to the 2002 World Cup finals in the most dramatic fashion imaginable at Old Trafford. Sven Goran Eriksson's team were trailing Greece 2-1 deep into injury time and looked destined for a difficult playoff against Ukraine. But Beckham, having failed with 5 previous long-range free kicks, finally secured qualification for Japan and Korea with a virtuoso goal in the 93rd minute.

New type of infectious agent

American biologist Stanley Prusiner discovered prions. Prion is an infection agent composed of normal protein. However, this protein is folded in a way which causes disease. This abnormal way of folding can be transmitted to other molecules of the same protein and spread. Examples of prion diseases are mad cow disease or kuru.

First normal exoplanet

Astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz discovered a planet orbiting a sun-like star 51 Pegasi. It was a second officially confirmed exoplanet. The first one, however, orbits a neutron star – remnant of stellar explosion, very different from our Sun. As of august 2017, there have been over 3600 confirmed exoplanets.


Michael Jordan retires from professional basketball

Jordan announced his retirement, citing a loss of desire to play the game. Jordan later stated that the death of his father three months earlier also shaped his decision. Jordan's father was murdered at a highway rest area in Lumberton, North Carolina, by two teenagers, Daniel Green and Larry Martin Demery.

King Baudouin opens Museum for Modern Art in Brussels

The Belgian Comic Strip Center is a museum dedicated to Belgian comics. The building was designed by Victor Horta in Art Nouveau style and originally served as textile department store. Decades later, there was a fund of Flemish and Walloon comics artists who attempted to turn it into a museum.


Gretzky's first game with the Kings

Wayne Gretzky spent 20 seasons playing in the NHL for 4 teams. After joining the 2nd one, the LA Kings, he was named their alternate captain. Gretzky made an impact right from the start, scoring from his 1st shot in the 1st regular season game. The fan attendance and interest in hockey saw an increase.

Assassination of Anwar Sadat

Anwar Sadat, the President of Egypt, was assassinated during the annual victory parade in Cairo. The assassination was undertaken by members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad.

The first pontiff visits the White House

John Paull II arrived in Boston on 1st October. He visited New York City, Philadelphia, Des Moines and Chicago. He concluded his pilgrimage to U.S. in Washington D.C. and became the first Pope to visit the White House. John Paull II met Jimmy Carter privately in Oval Office.

Bob Dylan has his twelfth US top 40 hit

"Gotta Serve Somebody" won the Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Male in 1979. It stands as Dylan's latest hit single, peaking at #24 on the Billboard Magazine Hot 100 singles chart, and remaining on the chart for 12 weeks. In 2016, Rolling Stone magazine featured the song as #43 on its list of "100 Greatest Bob Dylan Songs."

Thammasat University massacre

Thai police forces and far-right paramilitaries attacked student protesters on the campus of Thammasat University and the adjacent Sanam Luang Square in Bangkok. The students were protesting against the current regime. Official sources state that 46 peole died there, however unofficial sources claim that the number of victims reached over 100.

The Yom Kippur War begins

The Yom Kippur War was a war of a coalition Arab states led by Egypt and Syria against Israel. Most of the fighting occurred in the Sinai and the Golan Heights which were occupied by Israel. The war began on the holiest day in Judaism and also took place during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Cher starts a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart

In 1973, "Half-Breed" topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, becoming Cher's second solo and third overall Number 1 hit, and second Gold certified solo single for the sales of over 1,000,000 copies. It was a Number 1 hit in Canada and New Zealand, and a Top 10 hit in Australia and Norway respectively.

Train carrying religious pilgrims derails in Mexico

On a Saint's Day in Mexico a train going from Catorce to Saltillo and Monterrey with about 1,600 passengers on it derailed due to the excessive speed. Four of the train's cars burst into flames. Some of the passengers who survived this tragedy found the engineer being alive and drunk.

The Beatles release 'Something'

"Something" is a song by the Beatles, written by George Harrison and released on the band's 1969 album Abbey Road. It was also issued as a single, coupled with another track from the album, "Come Together". "Something" was the first Harrison composition released as a Beatles A-side and the only Harrison composition to top the US charts before the Beatles' break-up.

JFK advises American families to build bomb shelters

President J. F. Kennedy advised American families to build bomb shelters to protect themselves from atomic threats in a context of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union. He also stated that the U.S. civil program would soon begin to provide such protection for every American.

'Pillow Talk' premieres in New York

Pillow Talk is a 1959 Eastmancolor romantic comedy film in CinemaScope directed by Michael Gordon. It features Rock Hudson, Doris Day, Tony Randall, Thelma Ritter, and Nick Adams. The film was written by Russell Rouse, Maurice Richlin, Stanley Shapiro, and Clarence Greene.


Bobby Charlton makes his debut for Manchester United

Born in Ashington, Northumberland, Charlton made his debut for the Manchester United first-team in 1956, and over the next two seasons gained a regular place in the team, during which time he survived the Munich air disaster of 1958 after being rescued by Harry Gregg. After helping United to win the Football League in 1965, he won a World Cup medal with England in 1966.

Earthquake hits Turkmenistan

The Ashgabat earthquake had a magnitude of 7.3. Because of censorship by the Turkmen government, the event was not fully reported in the USSR's media, however the Soviet Army provided basic aid to the victims. According to memoirs of survivors, the city's infrastructure was badly damaged.

The first prominent 'talkie' movie opens

The Jazz Singer is an American musical film. As the first feature-length motion picture with not only a synchronized recorded music score, but also lip-synchronous singing and speech in several isolated sequences, its release heralded the commercial ascendance of sound films and the decline of the silent film era.

Moulin Rogue opens in Paris

The original Moulin Rouge was founded by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller. It is famously known as the birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Nowadays, Moulin Rouge serves as a tourist attraction and offers musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world.

Thomas Edison shows his first motion picture

Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor, who developed devices such as phonograph, the motion picture camera and light bulb. Edison worked on the motion picture camera together with W. K. L. Dickson. They made the Strip Kinetograph which took pictures so fast that they would seem to move.

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