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Northern California wildfires

A series of 250 wildfires started burning in Northern California and affected area of nearly 100,000 hectares. The fires claimed 44 lives, 192 people got injured and the flames devoured approximately 8900 homes. The damages reached $14.4 billion (2017 USD).

Jerusalem shooting attack

In 2016 in Jerusalem, Musbah Abu Sbaih, a Hamas militant shot 8 people from a car near the Ammunition Hill light rail stop, killing two and wounding six. The police gave chase, Shaih was shot and killed while shooting at pursuing police.

'Divorce' premieres on HBO

Divorce is an American comedy-drama television series created by Sharon Horgan, set in Hastings-on-Hudson, and starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church as a middle-aged divorcing couple. The series premiered on HBO in 2016. The pilot episode was written by Horgan and directed by Jesse Peretz.

'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.

Mexican drug lord Vicente Carrillo Fuentes is captured

Carrillo Fuentes was arrested in a joint operation by the Mexican Army and Federal Police in Torreón, Coahuila. He was then sent to Mexico City and transferred to the federal installations of SEIDO, Mexico's anti-organized crime investigatory agency, where he gave a formal declaration.

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.

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.

'Phantom of the Opera' premieres in London

The Phantom of the Opera is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart. Based on the work of Gaston Leroux, its central plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius living in the subterranean labyrinth beneath the Paris Opéra House.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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