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Samsung starts building what it calls the world’s biggest vessel

Subsidiary of Samsung, South Korean multinational conglomerate, built the floating liquefied natural gas platform. The platform weights 600,000 tonnes and in 2017 the it has begun its journey to the North West. The facility has the capacity to process and offload about 3.6 million tonnes of LNG.


Tom Brady breaks the NFL record

Tom Brady, an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots, set an NFL record against the Tennessee Titans for most touchdowns in a single quarter, throwing five in the second quarter. Brady finished the game with six touchdowns.

Hurricane Rick strengthens to a Category 5 storm

The storm attained Category 5 status on the Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale. Several hours later, Rick attained its peak intensity as the third-strongest Pacific hurricane on record with winds of 180 mph and a barometric pressure of 906 mbar.

Karsaz bombing

In Karachi, Pakistan, a suicide bomber attacked a motorcade carrying a former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was back in her country after several years of exile. Bhutto survived the attack, but 180 other people died. Approximately 500 more people were injured.


Thierry Henry becomes Arsenal’s all-time top goal-scorer

The 2005–06 season proved to be one of the remarkable personal achievements for Henry. Henry became the club's top goalscorer of all time; two goals against Sparta Prague in the Champions League meant he broke Ian Wright's record of 185 goals.

Naked John Lennon is named the top US magazine cover

The Rolling Stone front cover, taken by Annie Leibovitz and showing Lennon curled around Yoko Ono, was picked by editors, artists and designers. The magazine was published a month after Lennon's murder in December 1980. The society picked its favorite images at its conference in Puerto Rico to mark the 40th anniversary of its awards ceremony.

Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC is opened

The grand opening of the 100,000 square-foot performance, education and broadcast facility dedicated entirely to America's true art form - Jazz. It's located at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, in the Time Warner building on New York's Columbus Circle. Frederick P. Rose Hall consists of three main music performance venues.

'Mamma Mia!' opens on Broadway

The musical opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre after beginning previews at the beginning of the month. The director is Phyllida Lloyd with choreography by Anthony Van Laast. As of October 2017, it is the 9th longest-running Broadway show and the longest-running jukebox musical in Broadway history.

Pipeline explosions kills 700 in Nigeria

The oil pipeline explosion occurred in the community of Jesse in Nigeria. The exact cause of the explosion remains unknown. The pipeline explosion incinerated hundreds of people. Others died from burn injuries. The fire burned so hot that rescue workers could not approach the scene for six days.

'Once on This Island' opens on Broadway

Once on This Island is a one-act musical with a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. The show includes elements of the Romeo and Juliet story and elements of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Little Mermaid. The Broadway production opened in October 1990 at the Booth Theatre.

East Germany's head of state resigns

East Germany's head of state Erich Honecker refused all changes to the East German political system and was consequently forced to resign by his party as the Communist regime sought to retain its power. He was succeeded by Egon Krenz.

NES and R.O.B are launched for a limited test market in the US

Nintendo seeded these first systems to limited American test markets starting in New York City in October 1985. Nintendo released 17 launch titles: 10-Yard Fight, Baseball, Clu Clu Land, Duck Hunt, Excitebike, Golf, Gyromite, Hogan’s Alley, Ice Climber, Kung Fu, Pinball, Soccer, Stack-Up, Tennis, Wild Gunman, Wrecking Crew, and Super Mario Bros.

Buggles are at #1 on the UK singles chart

Video Killed the Radio Star is a song written by Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes and Bruce Woolley in 1978. It was first recorded by Bruce Woolley and The Camera Club for their album English Garden, and later by British group the Buggles, consisting of Horn and Downes. The track topped sixteen international music charts.


Reggie Jackson hits three home runs in a row

In the sixth game of the 1977 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees outfielder Reggie Jackson hit three home runs in successive times at bat, all on the first pitch, to drive in five runs and lead an 8-4 victory over the Dodgers. Jackson’s three clouts earned him the Series MVP Award.


The first player records an official quadruple-double

Nate Thurmond was acquired by the Chicago Bulls in exchange. Against the Atlanta Hawks, in his debut as a Bull, he recorded 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocked shots, becoming the first player in NBA history to officially record a quadruple-double.


Bob Beamon breaks the WR in long jump

American athlete Robert "Bob" Beamon propelled himself into the record books and sporting history with an incredible leap of 8.90 meters at the 1968 Mexico Olympics. After 23 years, his world record was finally broken by Mike Powell.

The Soviet probe Venera 4 reaches Venus

Venera 4, also designated 1V (V-67) s/n 310 was a probe in the Soviet Venera program for the exploration of Venus. The probe comprised an entry probe, designed to enter the Venus atmosphere and parachute to the surface, and a carrier/flyby spacecraft, which carried the entry probe to Venus and served as a communications relay for the entry probe.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first gig

The first official appearance of "The Jimi Hendrix Experience", invited by French singer Johnny Hallyday, was at the Novelty in Évreux, France. Six days later the band played their first UK gig at a private showcase at the Scotch of St James.

Félicette becomes the first cat to launched into space

Félicette was the first cat launched into space, in 1963 as part of the French space program. Félicette was one of 14 female cats trained for spaceflight. The cats had electrodes implanted onto their skulls so their neurological activity could be monitored throughout the flight. Félicette survived the flight.

Oscar winning musical 'West Side Story' is released

West Side Story is a musical with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid 1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood.

Transistor radio is announced

Texas Instruments Company announced its Regency TR-1. It was the first commercially available transistor radio. Its dimensions were 127 × 76 × 32 millimeters, mass around 300 grams. It was the first use of transistors for consumer electronics. It could operate between 20 and 30 hours, considerably longer than vacuum tube radios.


Red Grange scored five of Illinois' six touchdowns

Harold Edward "Red" Grange, an American football halfback for the University of Illinois, became a national star when he returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown against a Michigan team. He rushed for 3 more touchdowns in the first 12 minutes and another later in the game.

The British Broadcasting Company is founded

The British Broadcasting Company was originally established as a private consortium of radio manufacturers to secure the first broadcasting license in the UK. Daily broadcasting by the BBC began in Marconi’s London studio – 2LO.


The first Milan Derby takes place

The Derby della Madonnina, also known as the Derby di Milano is a derby football match between the 2 prominent Milanese clubs Internazionale and Milan. The first derby match between the two Milanese rivals was held in the final of the Chiasso Cup of 1908, a football tournament played in Canton Ticino, Switzerland on 18 October of that year; the Rossoneri won 2–1.

U.S. takes control of Puerto Rico

During the Spanish–American War, Puerto Rico was invaded and subsequently became a possession of the United States. The first years of the 20th century were marked by the struggle to obtain greater democratic rights from the United States. The political status of Puerto Rico, a Commonwealth controlled by the United States, remains an anomaly.

The first U.S. long distance telephone is opened

AT&T built an interconnected long-distance telephone network that connected New York and Chicago. The phone line could handle only one call at a time. The price was set to $9 for 5 minutes. The very first call was made by Alexander Graham Bell for opening ceremony.

U.S. takes possession of Alaska

The U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million. Russia wanted to sell its Alaska territory to the U.S. rather than risk losing it in battle with a rival such as Great Britain.

'Moby-Dick' is first published as 'The Whale'

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is an 1851 novel by American writer Herman Melville. The book is sailor Ishmael's narrative of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaling ship Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the giant white sperm whale that on the ship's previous voyage bit off Ahab's leg at the knee.

Basel earthquake

The 1356 Basel earthquake is the most significant seismological event to have occurred in Central Europe in recorded history and had a moment magnitude in the range of 6.0–7.1. This earthquake is also known as the Séisme de la Saint-Luc, as 18 October is the feast day of Saint Luke the Evangelist.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1987

Zac Efron

died 1931

Thomas Edison

born 1951

Pam Dawber