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"The Flash" returns for a 5th season

The fifth season of the American television series The Flash, which is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash, consists of 22 episodes. The season follows Barry, a crime scene investigator with superhuman speed who fights criminals, as he deals with the consequences of his future daughter's time traveling.

"It's Only a Play" opens on Broadway

It's Only a Play is a play by Terrence McNally. The play originally opened off-off-Broadway in 1982. It was revived off-Broadway in 1986, and on Broadway in 2014. The plot concerns a party where a producer, playwright, director, actors and their friends eagerly wait for the opening night reviews of their Broadway play.

2Cellos release album "In2ition"

In2ition is the second studio album by Slovenian-Croatian cello duo, 2Cellos. It was released on November 2012 in Japan, and January 2013 in the rest of the world, through Sony Masterworks. The album peaked at number 1 on the Croatian and Japanese Albums charts.

Nobel Prize for Obama

The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to United States President Barack Obama for his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples". The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the award in October 2009, citing Obama's promotion of nuclear nonproliferation and a "new climate" in international relations fostered by Obama.

North Korea makes its first nuclear test

The 2006 North Korean nuclear test was the detonation of a nuclear device conducted by North Korea in October 2006. According to initial reports from South Korean government sources, the test was carried out at a mountain in Musadan-ri in Hwadae-kun, near the city of Kilchu, in North Hamgyŏng province on the northeast coast.

Google buys Youtube for $1.65 billion

An American video-sharing website YouTube was purchased by Google and currently operates as one of its subsidiaries. At the time of the purchase, there were some worries about whether YouTube stays in power, however, those expectations were not fulfilled as more viewers and advertisers migrated from television to the Internet.

Scottish Parliament Building is opened

The Scottish Parliament Building is the home of the Scottish Parliament in central Edinburgh. It was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II. The building in post-modern style was designed by the Spanish architect Enric Miralles, who died before its completion.


A World Cup qualifier ends after 3 seconds

One team in Tallinn refers to a football match scheduled in October 1996 in World Cup qualifying European Group 4 between the national teams of Estonia and Scotland. The match was abandoned after three seconds because the Estonian team was absent from the Kadrioru Stadium due to a dispute over its floodlights.

Nirvana enter the Billboard album chart at #1

Upon release, In Utero entered the Billboard 200 chart at number one and received critical acclaim as a drastic departure from Nevermind. The record has been certified five times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold 15 million copies worldwide.

Car is hit by meteorite

In Peekskill, New York, a meteorite smashed a car. It was a 1980 Ford Malibu owned by 18-year-old Michelle Knapp. Although it initially looked like a very bad luck, Miss Knapp later sold retrieved meteorite for $69,000. Its main mass and the car are currently in the Macovich Collection of Meteorites in NY.

Freud’s daughter dies

Anna Freud was the daughter of the founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud. She specialized in child psychology. Psychoanalysis is today recognized as unscientific. However, Anna Freud described the so-called defense mechanisms, which are generally accepted even by the non-psychoanalysts.

Sean Taro Ono Lennon is born

Sean Taro Ono Lennon is an American singer, songwriter and actor. He is the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. His parents kick-started his musical career: his debut into the music world came at age five when he recited a story on his mother's 1981 album, Season of Glass. From childhood into his teen years, Lennon continued to collaborate with his mother.

Rod Stewart is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Maggie May" went to number one in the UK Singles Chart and simultaneously topped the charts in Australia, Canada, and the US. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 record for 1971. The song also topped the charts in Australia for four weeks at the same time. The song re-entered the UK chart in December 1976, but only reached number 31.

"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" debuts on Broadway

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, is an absurdist, existential tragicomedy by Tom Stoppard. The play expands upon the exploits of two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet, the courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The production, which was Stoppard's first on Broadway, totaled eight previews and 420 performances.

Che Guevara is executed by shooting

Che Guevara was captured on October 8, 1967, by Bolivian soldiers. Next day, Bolivian President René Barrientos ordered that Guevara be killed. Félix Rodríguez commanded not to shoot Che in the head but to aim carefully to make it appear that had been killed in action during a clash with the Bolivian army.

British politician David Cameron is born

Cameron was born into a wealthy London family. His background could be described as being “upper-middle-class”. He was raised in Peasemore in Berkshire. Cameron graduated with a first class honors BA degree at Brasenose College, Oxford. During his political career, he served as a Leader of the Conservative Party.

The Beatles start a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"Yesterday" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four weeks, beginning in October. The song spent a total of 11 weeks on the chart, selling a million copies within 5 weeks. The single was also number one for three weeks on the US Cash Box pop singles chart the same year.

A landslide in Italy kills more than 2,000 people

During initial filling of the Vajont Dam, a massive landslide caused a man-made tsunami in the lake in which 50 million cubic meters of water over topped the dam in a wave 250 meters high, leading to the complete destruction of several villages and towns, and 1,910 deaths.

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

"Hit The Road Jack" hit number 1 for 2 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, beginning October 1961. "Hit the Road Jack" won a Grammy award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording. The song was number 1 on the R&B Sides chart for five weeks, thereby becoming Charles's sixth number-one on that chart. The song is ranked number 387 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

Eddie Cochran records the classic song "C'mon Everybody"

"C'mon Everybody" is a 1958 song by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart, originally released as a B-side. In 1959 it peaked in the UK at number 6 in the singles chart, and, thirty years later, in 1988, the track was re-issued there and became a number 14 hit. In the US the song got to number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100.

English television host Sharon Osbourne is born

Sharon Rachel Osbourne is an English television host, media personality, television talent competition judge, author, music manager, modern impresario, businesswoman, and promoter, and the wife of heavy metal singer-songwriter Ozzy Osbourne. She first came into public prominence after appearing in a reality television show The Osbournes.

First electric blanket is manufactured

An electric blanket is a blanket containing integrated electrical heating wires, which is commonly placed above the mattress and below the bottom bed sheet. The electric blanket may be used to pre-heat the bed before use or to keep the occupant warm while in bed.

English singer John Lennon is born

John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE, was an English singer, songwriter, musician, and activist who co-founded the Beatles, the most commercially successful and musically influential band in the history of popular music. He and fellow member Paul McCartney formed a much-celebrated songwriting partnership.

Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to LA

Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed during the Great Depression and was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Its construction cost over 100 lives. The dam was named after President Herbert Hoover.

English physicist Peter Mansfield is born

Peter Mansfield's work led to the invention of an MRI scanner. It is a device which uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to generate images of the human body. Atom nuclei in the tissues absorb the radio waves and re-emit them. This signal is detected and used for the creation of the images. Mansfield himself was the first subject to undergo MRI scan.

The Broadway opening of "R. U. R."

R.U.R. is a 1920 science fiction play by the Czech writer Karel Čapek. R.U.R. stands for Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti. The American première was at the Garrick Theatre in New York City, where it ran for 184 performances, a production in which Spencer Tracy and Pat O'Brien played robots in their Broadway debuts.


Black Sox Scandal: The Cincinnati Reds win the World Series

Eight members of the Chicago White Sox were blamed for intentionally losing the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for money from a gambling mob. Subsequently, all eight men were permanently banned from professional baseball.

Washington Monument is opened to the public

The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington. Construction of the monument began in 1848 and was halted from 1854 to 1877 due to a lack of funds. The monument opened to the public in October 1888.

Charles R. Walgreen, the father of the modern drugstore, is born

Charles Walgreen was a pharmacist, who originally worked for Isaac Blood. When Blood retired, Walgreen bought the store from him and then he opened even more stores, which he incorporated as Walgreen Co. Nowadays, Walgreen is the 2nd largest pharmacy store chain in the United States.

Black holes prophet is born

German physicist and astronomer Karl Schwarzschild came with the first solution of Einstein`s equations of general relativity. His solution led to the prediction of the existence of black holes. Schwarzschild served in the German army during the Great War. He died of autoimmune disease, which he developed on the front.

The first mention of the Prague astronomical clock

A medieval astronomical clock situated in the Old Town Square in Prague are the 3rd-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still operating. Each hour it shows figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures.

Charlemagne is crowned as king of Franks

Charlemagne was King of the Franks from 768, King of the Lombards from 774, and Holy Roman Emperor from 800. He united much of western and central Europe during the Early Middle Ages. The expanded Frankish state that Charlemagne founded is called the Carolingian Empire.

Anniversaries of famous

born 1940

John Lennon

born 1966

David Cameron

died 1967

Che Guevara

born 1996

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