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21st century
2018Oct 11
 
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"Supernatural" returns for a 14th season

The fourteenth season of Supernatural, an American dark fantasy television series created by Eric Kripke, premiered on The CW. The season consisted of 20 episodes. This was the third season with Andrew Dabb and Robert Singer as showrunners. The thirteenth episode of the season marked the 300th episode of the series.

2016Oct 11
 
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Exploding cell phone

South Korean company Samsung stopped the production of its Note 7 phones after the complaints from customers. The cell phones were reported to spontaneously catch fire or explode. Note 7 phones were banned on board aircraft. Overheating and explosions were caused by the phone's battery.

2016Oct 11
 
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Rod Stewart is knighted by the Duke of Cambridge

Sir Roderick David Stewart, CBE is a British rock singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry. Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide. He was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for "services to music and charity".

2016Oct 11
 
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Anheuser Busch finalizes $100B acquisition of SABMiller

Anheuser-Busch InBev made the acquisition bid for SABMiller that would unite the world's two biggest beermakers and control about half the industry's profit. The deal, however, would need to go through several regulatory hurdles which would require certain operations to be spun off the group.

2011Oct 11
 
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Forza Motorsport 4 is released

Forza Motorsport 4 received "universal acclaim" like the first three games before it according to the review aggregation website Metacritic. It also won the award for Most Anticipated E3 2011 game from Computer and Video Games. It ranked 1st in sales in the United Kingdom during the week of its release. As of April 2012, it ranked 23rd in sales in the UK.

2006Oct 11
 
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Eureka Tower officially opens

Eureka Tower is a 297.3 m tall skyscraper located in the Southbank precinct of Melbourne in Australia. The project was designed by Melbourne architectural firm Fender Katsalidis Architects and was built by Grocon. It is the second tallest building in Australia, behind Q1 in Queensland.

2003Oct 11
 
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72-years old Don Zimmer fights Pedro Martinez on the field

Don Zimmer was an American infielder, manager, and coach in MLB. Many fans know him for his conflict with Pedro Martínez when Zimmer ran at Martinez and Martinez threw Zimmer to the ground. Zimmer accepted responsibility for the altercation and was apologetic to his family and the Yankees.

2001Oct 11
 
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Polaroid Corporation files for federal bankruptcy protection

The original Polaroid Corporation filed for federal bankruptcy protection. The outcome was that within ten months, most of the business had been sold to Bank One's OEP. OEP Imaging Corporation then changed its name to Polaroid Holding Company. However, this new company operates using the name of its bankrupt predecessor, Polaroid Corporation.

1990s
1997Oct 11
 
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Dennis Rodman returns from second longest NBA suspension

Dennis Rodman was involved in an incident during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. After tripping over cameraman Eugene Amos, Rodman kicked Amos in the groin. He ultimately paid Amos a 200,000 USD settlement, and the league suspended Rodman for 11 games without pay.

1997Oct 11
 
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The NHL takes the sport to Tokyo

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Vancouver Canucks faced off in the first-ever regular season games in Japan. These historic matches in Tokyo were followed by NHL participation at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics and contests in Greater Tokyo to kick off the 1998-99 and 2000-01 regular seasons.

1997Oct 11
 
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Elton John goes to #1 on the US singles chart

"Candle in the Wind 1997" is a song by Bernie Taupin and Elton John. In October it became John's ninth U.S. number one single, where it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks, and is the best-selling single in Billboard history, and was the first single certified Diamond in the U.S.

1992Oct 11
 
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Rapper Cardi B is born

Cardi B, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and TV personality. She first attracted attention for discussing her career as a stripper on social media; she became an Internet celebrity after several of her posts and videos went viral on Vine and Instagram. From 2015 to 2017, she appeared as a regular cast member on the VH1 reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York to follow her music aspirations.

Cold-war era
1976Oct 11
 
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American actress Emily Deschanel is born

Emily Erin Deschanel is an American actress and producer best known for starring in the comedy-drama series Bones as Dr. Temperance Brennan. Deschanel was born in Los Angeles, to cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel. Her younger sister is actress and singer-songwriter Zooey Deschanel.

1976Oct 11
 
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Pussycat start a four week run at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Mississippi" is a song by Dutch country pop band Pussycat. Its international success came in 1976 when it reached number one in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, as well as number two in Australia, number 4 in Austria, and number six in Sweden. In South Africa, "Mississippi" was the highest-selling single of 1977.

1975Oct 11
 
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Bill Clinton marries Hillary Rodham

Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton met in the Yale Law Library as they both were students of law. Few years later they bought a house together and then the wedding took place in their living room in a Methodist ceremony. Their only child Chelsea was born in 1980.

1974Oct 11
 
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John Denver is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Annie's Song" is a folk-rock and country song recorded and written by singer-songwriter John Denver. It went to number one in the United Kingdom, where it was Denver's only major hit single (many of Denver's American hits were more familiar in the UK through cover versions by other artists). Four years later, an instrumental version also became flutist James Galway's only major British hit.

1969Oct 11
 
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Birkin and Gainsbourg are at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Je t'aime… moi non plus" is a 1967 song written by Serge Gainsbourg for Brigitte Bardot. In 1969, Gainsbourg recorded the most well-known version with Jane Birkin. The duet reached number one in the UK, and number two in Ireland, but was banned in several countries due to its overly sexual content.

1967Oct 11
 
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The first Apollo crew is in Space

Apollo 7 was launched from Cape Kennedy. The spacecraft spent nearly 11 days in space. Astronauts mainly tested spacecraft systems and various maneuvers, like Lunar Module rendezvous and docking. The mission was a technical success, but there was a tension between astronauts and ground control, sometimes called mutiny in space.

1961Oct 11
 
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The Highwaymen are at #1 on the UK singles chart

The American folk quintet the Highwaymen had a #1 hit in 1961 on both the pop and easy listening charts in the U.S. with their version, first recorded and released in 1960; this recording also went to #1 in the United Kingdom. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 3 song of 1961.

1958Oct 11
 
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Famous roboticist Gregory Dudek is born

Canadian computer scientist Gregory Dudek works at the McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His main interests are robot localization and construction of underwater and amphibious robots. He writes a very popular blog about robotics, RoboSci Blog.

1955Oct 11
 
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Prokofiev's "Symphony No. 7" premieres

Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 7 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131, was completed in 1952, the year before his death. It is his last symphony. Most of the symphony is emotionally restrained, nostalgic and melancholy in mood, including the ending of the Vivace final movement.

1947Oct 11
 
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Prokofiev's "Symphony No. 6" premieres

The symphony, written as an elegy of the tragedies of World War II, has often been regarded as the darker twin to the victorious Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major. The symphony was condemned in 1948 by the Soviet government under the second Zhdanov decree for not conforming to party lines, but it was favourably received among critics.

Post-war period
1946Oct 11
 
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American singer Daryl Hall is born

Daryl Hall, is an American rock, R&B, and soul singer; keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter, and producer, best known as the co-founder and lead vocalist of Hall & Oates. In the 1970s and early 1980s, Hall scored numerous Billboard chart hits and is regarded as one of the best soul singers of his generation.

World War II
1944Oct 11
 
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Interwar period
1937Oct 11
 
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Football player Bobby Charlton is born

Sir Robert Charlton CBE is an English former football player, regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time, and an essential member of the England team who won the World Cup in 1966, the year he also won the Ballon d'Or. He played almost all of his club football at Manchester United.

World War I
1918Oct 11
 
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Choreographer Jerome Robbins is born

Jerome Robbins was an American choreographer, director, dancer, and theater producer who worked in classical ballet, on Broadway, and in films and television. Among his numerous stage productions he worked on were On the Town, Peter Pan, High Button Shoes, The King And I, The Pajama Game, and Fiddler on the Roof.

19th century
1889Oct 11
 
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Discoverer of the conservation of energy dies

English physicist James Joule discovered the law of the conservation of energy, probably most important natural law ever. His motivation was practical. He studied heat to help engineers build better steam engines. Unit of energy is called after him. Joule was a brewery manager. Science was the only hobby for him.

 

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