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CO2 levels consistently exceed the symbolic 400 parts per million threshold

The 400 parts per million threshold was broken globally for the 1st time in recorded history. The high levels of CO2 can be partly attributed to a strong El Niño effect, which produces the drought conditions in tropical regions and makes vegetation less able to absorb the CO2.

Malta Fairchild Merlin crashes

A twin turboprop Fairchild SA227-AT Merlin IVC operated by CAE Aviation crashed near Kirkop, Malta, shortly after take-off from Malta International Airport. All five people on board the aircraft died in the crash. The aircraft was to operate in the vicinity of Misurata in Libya on a surveillance mission by the French Ministry of Defence.

Highest and longest free fall jump

On this day, Alan Eustace set the current world record highest and longest free-fall jump when he jumped from 135,908 feet (41.425 km) and remained in free fall for 123,334 feet (37.592 km). He broke Felix Baumgartner record when he jumped from over 128,000 feet.

'The Snow Geese' opens on Broadway

White's play The Snow Geese premiered on Broadway in a joint Manhattan Theatre Club MCC Theatre production at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The play starred Mary-Louise Parker, Danny Burstein, and Victoria Clark, and was directed by Daniel J. Sullivan. The play takes place during WWI.

Gopro released HD HERO2

GoPro makes action cameras and develops its own mobile apps and video-editing software. The HERO2 has an 11 MP image sensor, improved low-light capability and records at up to 120 fps. It was sold with three different accessory packages as the Outdoor, Motorsports, and Surf Editions.

Pink releases album 'Funhouse'

Funhouse is the fifth studio album by American singer and songwriter Pink, released by LaFace Records. Singles from the album include the international number-one single "So What", "Sober", "Please Don't Leave Me", "Funhouse", "I Don't Believe You", and "Glitter in the Air".


Arsenal ends a row of unbeaten matches at 49 matches

Arsène Wenger won a record 7 FA Cups, and his title-winning team set an English record for the longest top-flight unbeaten league run at 49 games between 2003 and 2004, receiving the nickname The Invincibles.

Concorde makes its last commercial flight

Concorde is a British-French turbojet-powered supersonic passenger jet airliner. It's last commercial flight was accompanied by a great fanfare and headed from London to New York and back with the captain Mike Bannister.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall opens

The Walt Disney Concert Hall at 111 South Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles, California, is the 4th hall of the Los Angeles Music Center and was designed by Frank Gehry. Bounded by Hope Street, Grand Avenue, and 1st and 2nd Streets, it seats 2,265 people and serves, among other purposes, as the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.


Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series as the first Canadian team

The Toronto Blue Jays defeated Atlanta Braves four games to two, making them the 1st team outside the U.S. to win the World Series. The Series was announced by Sean McDonough and Tim McCarver and broadcast on CBS and CTV.

'Dancing at Lughnasa' opens at the Plymouth Theatre

The play was originally presented at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. It transferred to London's National Theatre in 1991, winning the Olivier Award for Best Play, and subsequently to Broadway's Plymouth Theatre where it won the Tony Award for Best Play as well as a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Play.

Sting goes to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Nothing Like The Sun'

In the UK, the album debuted and peaked at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart. In the 2nd week, the album dropped to number 3. It spent a total of 42 weeks on the chart. The album was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of over 300,000 copies in the UK. To date, the album has sold over 18 million copies worldwide.

Whoopi Goldberg opens her self-titled one woman show

Director Mike Nichols offered to take the show to Broadway. The show was retitled Whoopi Goldberg for its Broadway incarnation and ran for a total of 156 performances; the play was taped during this run and broadcast by HBO as Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway in 1985.

John Lennon releases song '(Just Like) Starting Over'

(Just Like) Starting Over" is a song written and performed by John Lennon from the 1980 album, Double Fantasy. It was released with Yoko Ono's "Kiss Kiss Kiss" as the B-side. It was Lennon's last single released in his lifetime. Billboard Magazine ranked it as the 62nd biggest song of all time on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Don McLean releases an album 'American Pie'

American Pie is the second studio album by the American singer-songwriter Don McLean, released by United Artists Records. The folk/rock album reached number 1 on the Billboard 200, containing the chart-topping singles "American Pie" and "Vincent." The LP is dedicated to Buddy Holly, and was reissued in 1980 minus the track "Sister Fatima".

Salvador Allende becomes president of Chile

Salvador Allende was the first Marxist to become president of a Latin American country through open elections. He became president after being confirmed by the Chilean congress.

Bob Dylan records 'The Times They Are A-Changin'

"The Times They Are a-Changin'" is a song written by Bob Dylan and released as the title track of his 1964 album of the same name. Dylan wrote the song as a deliberate attempt to create an anthem of change for the time, influenced by Irish and Scottish ballads. Released as a 45-rpm it reached number 9 in the British top 10.

James Brown records legendary 'Live At The Apollo' album

Live at the Apollo is a live album by James Brown and the Famous Flames, recorded at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. In 2003, the album was ranked number 25 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2004, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.

Eisenhower pledges support to South Vietnam

The United States pledged its support to South Vietnam and began to replace France as the principal foreign power involved. China and the Soviet Union began to provide economic assistance to North Vietnam.

Commuter trains collide in England killing 32 people

The crash occurred south of South Croydon railway station, where 2 electric commuter trains got into a rear-end collision in fog. With 32 people killed, it was the worst accident on Britain's Southern Railway. The accident was caused by a signalman's error, as he did not have much experience.

Walt Disney is naming his employees to be communists

In 1947, Disney testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee, where he branded Herbert Sorrell, David Hilberman and William Pomerance, former animators and labor union organizers, as communist agitators; Disney stated that the 1941 strike led by them was part of an organized communist effort to gain influence in Hollywood.

The United Nations is formally established

The United Nations Conference on International Organization began in San Francisco where after working for two months, the fifty nations represented at the conference signed the Charter of the United Nations. The charter had to be ratified by the Governments of the Republic of China, France, the USSR, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and by a majority of the other 46 countries. After this condition was fulfilled, the United Nations was officially formed.

Nylon stockings

Stockings are close-fitting, variously elastic garments covering the leg from the foot up to the knee or possibly part or all of the thigh. Stockings vary in color, design, and transparency. Today, stockings are primarily worn for fashion and aesthetics, usually in association with mid-length skirts.

Wall Street Crash of 1929

The Wall Street Crash of 1929, also known as the Stock Market Crash of 1929 or the Great Crash, is the stock market crash that occurred in late October, 1929. It started on October 24 and continued until October 29, 1929, when share prices on the New York Stock Exchange collapsed.

Harry Houdini's last performance

Harry Houdini was 52 years old when he performed before a full house of spectators in Detroit. In that time, Houdini was suffering a 104-degree temperature and cold sweats. Almost the moment the curtain closed, Houdini collapsed. He was rushed to the hospital. A week later, he died on Halloween night.

Alarm clock

US patent office registered patent No. 183,725 for small alarm clock. The patent holder was clockmaker Seth E. Thomas based in New York City. He manufactured his clock in his The Seth Thomas Clock Company. People were trying to construct alarm clock from the times of ancient Greeks. However, Thomas's clock was very similar to its modern equivalent.


The first soccer club is founded

Sheffield Football Club is an English football club from South Yorkshire. They play in the Northern Premier League Division One East, at level 8 of the English football league system. The club is officially recognized as the oldest existing club now playing association football in the world.

Chartres Cathedral is consecrated

The Chartres Cathedral has been a key destination for travelers, both for Christian pilgrims and secular tourists. It is the last of at least five cathedrals that were situated in the town in the past. The Cathedral built in French Gothic style is involved among World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

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