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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1946

Vinod Khanna

born 1948

Gerry Adams

died 1981

Anwar Sadat