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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.

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.

The president of Egypt is assassinated

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.

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.

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.

Cereal magnate Will Keith Kellogg dies

Will Keith Kellogg founded a Kellogg Company, which exist to this day and produces breakfast cereals. The cereals itself were an invention of his brother, John Harvey Kellogg, physician and anti-masturbation activist. Both brothers belonged to Seventh-Day Adventist Church and promoted healthy living.

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.

George Westinghouse is born

George Westinghouse was an American engineer who invented the railway air brake and was a pioneer of the electrical industry, gaining his 1st patent at the age of 19. He was one of Thomas Edison's main rivals in the beginnings of the American electricity system.

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