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The world's longest sea crossing bridge opens

The Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge, officially the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge, is a 55-kilometre bridge–tunnel system consisting of a series of three cable-stayed bridges, an undersea tunnel, and four artificial islands. It is both the longest sea crossing and the longest open-sea fixed link on earth.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' premieres at Wembley Arena

Bohemian Rhapsody is a biographical film about the British rock band Queen, focusing on lead singer Freddie Mercury's life and leading up to Queen's Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985. The film is an American-British joint venture produced by 20th Century Fox, New Regency, GK Films, and Queen Films, with Fox serving as distributor.

Interstate 10 tour bus crashes

The 2016 Interstate 10 tour bus crash was a vehicle accident that occurred on Interstate 10 in California when a tour bus collided with the back of a semi-trailer truck. The accident killed 13 and injured 31 others.

Adele releases her single 'Hello'

Hello by Adele is a ballad with lyrics that deal with nostalgia and regrets within a relationship. It reached number one in almost every country it charted in and won three Grammy Awards. The video clip for the song was directed by Xavier Dolan and achieved over 27.7 million views within a 24-hour span.

Hurricane Patricia

Extremely low atmospheric pressure combined with low pressure near the pacific coast of Central America developed a hurricane, which peaked at its intensity when it struck Mexico and Texas. The highest wind speed measured reached 345 km/h and the damages were around $462.8 million. The hurricane claimed lives of 8 people.

'Disgraced' opens on Broadway

Disgraced is a play by novelist and screenwriter Ayad Akhtar. It premiered in Chicago and has had Off-Broadway and Off West End engagements. The play, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theater. Disgraced has also been recognized with a Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work – Play or Musical and an Obie Award for Playwriting.

'Skyfall', the 23rd James Bond movie, premieres

Skyfall is a 2012 spy film and the twenty-third in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions. The film is the third to star Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond and features Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the villain, and Judi Dench in her final appearance as M.

Van earthquakes occurred in eastern Turkey

The Van earthquake had a moment magnitude of 7.1 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII. It caused a great damage in the region, such as destroying many inhabited buildings, taking lives of 604 people and injuring 4,152. Two weeks later, another earthquake within the same earthquake system occurred in the region.

'Once Upon a Time' first airs on ABC

Once Upon a Time is fairy tale television series. The pilot was co-written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. The episode was watched by 12.93 million viewers. Before it made its debut, viewers in the US could see the pilot on the Internet Movie Database's website.


Pizzaro becomes the Bundesliga’s top non-German goal-scorer

Claudio Pizarro scored his 134th goal in the Bundesliga making him the top scoring foreign-born player in the league history after being level with Giovane Élber. He finished the 2010–11 season with 14 goals in 29 appearances.

ECJ strikes down the decades old Volkswagen law

The European Court of Justice ruled that the VW law was illegal in EU because it was protectionist. At that time, there were speculations that Porsche had been interested in taking over VW, however, the law stood in its way. Six years later, Porsche became the controlling owner of VW.

Amy Winehouse releases 'Rehab'

Amy Winehouse released the “Rehab” song as the lead single of her Back to Black album. After its release, the song peaked at No. 7 in the UK and No. 9 in the US. It became her only top 10 hit in the US. The song proceeded to win 3 Grammy Awards and an Ivor Novello Award, eventually becoming her signature song.

Moscow theater hostage crisis

The Moscow theater hostage crisis was the seizure of a crowded Dubrovka Theater by 40 to 50 armed Chechens on 23 October 2002 that involved 850 hostages and ended with the death of at least 170 people. The attackers, led by Movsar Barayev, claimed allegiance to the Islamist separatist movement in Chechnya. They demanded the withdrawal of Russian forces from Chechnya and an end to the Second Chechen War.

The first iPod is released

The iPod is a line of portable media players and multi-purpose pocket computers designed and marketed by Apple Inc. The first version was released on October 23, 2001, about ​8 1⁄2 months after the Macintosh version of iTunes was released. As of July 27, 2017, only the iPod Touch remains in production.


Touch 'Em All, Joe

Touch 'em all Joe, you'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!" is a quote by Blue Jays radio announcer Tom Cheek that he used when Joe Carter secured the Blue Jays' victory of the World Series. Carter was the 2nd person to end a World Series with a home run.

Gas leak kills 23 at plastics factory

Gas leaks which originated at the Phillips 66 factory, led to a destructive series of explosions and fire that killed 23 employees and injured 314 more. The explosion was identical to an earthquake registering 3.5 on the Richter scale. In addition, the explosion caused $715.5 million damage.

1983 Beirut barracks bombing

The 1983 Beirut barracks bombing was a terrorist attack that occurred on October 23, 1983, in Beirut, Lebanon, during the Lebanese Civil War. Two truck bombs struck buildings housing Multinational Force in Lebanon (MNF) peacekeepers, specifically against United States and French service members, killing 241 U.S. and 58 French peacekeepers, 6 civilians and the 2 suicide attackers. A group called Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombings and said that the attacks were to get the MNF out of Lebanon.

Nike airs its first ever TV ad nationwide

Nike aired its 1st three national TV ads, created by Wieden+Kennedy ad agency. The ads were aired during the broadcast of the New York Marathon. In 1994 and 2003, Nike was named as Advertiser of the Year by The Cannes Advertising Festival.

Chicago start a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart

“If You Leave Me Now” is a ballad released by an American rock group Chicago on their 8th studio album Chicago X. After its release, the single climbed up the US charts, making its way to the top over the span of several weeks. It was the band’s biggest hit, topping the charts in a number of other countries over the globe as well.

Elton John gets his star on Hollywood walk of fame

Sir Elton Hercules John is an English singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums. John has sold more than 300 million records and in 1975, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

'Pippin' opens at the Imperial Theatre

Pippin is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the libretto. The show premiered at the Imperial Theater and ran for 1,944 performances before closing. It was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.

Operation Linebacker

Operation Linebacker was the codename of a U.S. Seventh Air Force and U.S. Navy Task Force 77 air interdiction campaign conducted against the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1972, during the Vietnam War. Its purpose was to halt or slow the transportation of supplies and materials for the Nguyen Hue Offensive.

Jimi Hendrix Experience record their hit 'Hey Joe'

"Hey Joe" is an American popular song from the 1960s that has become a rock standard and has been performed in many musical styles by hundreds of different artists. "Hey Joe" tells the story of a man who is on the run and planning to head to Mexico after shooting his unfaithful wife. The song was registered for copyright in the US in 1962 by Billy Roberts.

12-year old Little Stevie Wonder records his first single

Little Stevie Wonder—as he was then known—had his first number 1 hit with a song called “Fingertips.” He was 12 years old. Not only did he top the charts, but he did so with the 1st ever live recording to hit number 1, and the 1st ever single to simultaneously top the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B charts at once.

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

The American singer Dion DiMucci recorded “Runaround Sue”, a pop song in a modified doo-wop style. The song had been released sometime after he split with the Belmonts. It reached No. 1 at US Billboard Hot 100 and was received very well in other countries, topping the charts in Canada and New Zealand as well.

'The Smurfs' appear for the first time

The Smurfs is a Belgian comic series, created by cartoonist Peyo (pen name of Pierre Culliford). The titular creatures were introduced as supporting characters in an already established series, Johan and Peewit in 1958, and starred in their own series from 1959. Thirty Smurf comic albums have been created, 16 of them by Peyo.

'Mrs. Warren's Profession' debuts on Broadway

Mrs. Warren's Profession is a play written by George Bernard Shaw. The play is about a former prostitute, now a madam, who attempts to come to terms with her disapproving daughter. A Broadway performance in New York was interrupted by the police, who arrested the cast and crew for violating New York City's version of the Comstock laws. It was later held not to be in violation of the law and has been revived on Broadway 5 times since.

Man who weighed atoms presents his essay

English chemist John Dalton read his essay on the absorption of gases by water at a meeting of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society. On the end of the essay he gave a series of atomic weights for 21 simple and compound elements. Dalton was the main proponent of the modern atomic theory in chemistry.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1976

Ryan Reynolds

born 1986

Emilia Clarke

born 1892

Niels Hansen