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Leicester helicopter crash

AgustaWestland AW169 helicopter crashed shortly after take-off from the King Power Stadium, the home ground of Leicester City Football Club in Leicester, England, United Kingdom. All five people on board – the pilot and four passengers, including club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha – were killed.

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

During the Shabbat morning services, 46-year old racist and anti-Semite Robert Gregory Bowers pulled out his semi-automatic AR-15 pistol and started shooting in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. He killed 11 people and 7 more suffered an injury. Bowers was taken into custody and declared guilty of several crimes.

Catalonia declares independence from Spain

In the aftermath of the Catalan independence referendum, a document establishing Catalonia as an independent republic was signed by the members of Catalonia's pro-independence parliamentary majority. The same document was voted for on 27 October by a majority of 70 out of 135 MPs in a plenary session.

Opening Night of 'Sylvia' on Broadway

Sylvia is a play by A. R. Gurney. The subject is "Sylvia", a dog, the couple who adopts her, and the comedy that results. The play's first Broadway production began previews at the Cort Theatre, starring Annaleigh Ashford as "Sylvia", Matthew Broderick, Julie White and Robert Sella, directed by Daniel J. Sullivan.

Broadway revival of 'Betrayal' opens

Betrayal is a play written by Harold Pinter in 1978. Critically regarded as one of the English playwright's major dramatic works, it features his characteristically economical dialogue, characters' hidden emotions and veiled motivations, and their self-absorbed competitive one-upmanship, face-saving, dishonesty, and (self-)deceptions.

Haida Gwaii earthquake

The shock had a moment magnitude of 7.8 and a maximum Mercalli Intensity of VIII. The earthquake's epicentre was on Moresby Island of the Haida Gwaii archipelago, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands.

'Chinglish' opens on Broadway

Chinglish is a play by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang. It is a comedy about an American businessman desperate to launch a new enterprise in China, which opened on Broadway in 2011 with direction by Leigh Silverman. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the cast featured Gary Wilmes, Jennifer Lim, Angela Lin, Christine Lin, and Larry Lei Zhang.

'Russian Roulette' is released by Rihanna

"Russian Roulette" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her 4th studio album, Rated R. It premiered on radio stations worldwide and was released as the album's lead single on through Def Jam Recordings. Written and produced by Ne-Yo and Chuck Harmony, "Russian Roulette" is a pop and R&B ballad that contains dark, morbid, and tense atmospheric elements in its composition.


Red Sox win the first championship since 1918

Red Sox defeated St. Louis Cardinals by 4 games to 0. The Red Sox became the 3rd straight wild card team to win the World Series. The game was broadcast by Fox and announced by Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. The two teams faced each other again 9 years later with the Red Sox also winning.

'The Incredibles' premieres

The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, released by Walt Disney Pictures, and starring the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Jason Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, and Elizabeth Peña.

Armenian parliament shooting

The Armenian parliament shooting was a terrorist attack on the Armenian National Assembly in the capital Yerevan in 1999, by a group of five armed men led by Nairi Hunanyan that, among others, killed the two de facto decision-makers in the country's political leadership—Prime Minister Vazgen Sargsyan and Parliament Speaker Karen Demirchyan.

A large avalanche buries homes and kills 20 people in Iceland

Flateyri is a village in Iceland's Westfjords, which was hit by an avalanche, that destroyed 29 homes and killed 20 people. Subsequently, a deflecting dam was built to protect the village from any further avalanches.

The first mass-produced hybrid car

The first Toyota Prius model went on sale 2 years later. The 1st Prius generation named as NHW10 was available only in Japan. However, it quickly became the world's 1st mass-produced hybrid car. The styling of NHW10 was developed by designers from California.


Bowman unveils his Russian Five lineup

The Red Army was a lineup for the Detroit Red Wings during the 1990s. The Russian Five—all hockey legends in their own right in their native Russia—emulated the style of the Soviet Red Army teams that dominated world and Olympic competition during the 1970s, '80s and early '90s with a combination of speed and puck control.

The First Banner Ad - AT&T 'You Will' – appears on hotwired.com

A banner ad is a kind of advertisement, that intents to attract web users to a website by linking to the website of the advertiser. Hotwired coined the term and became the 1st company to provide click through rate reports to its customers.

Allen R. Schindler, Jr. is murdered by shipmate for being gay

Allen R. Schindler Jr. was an American Radioman Petty Officer Third Class in the United States Navy who was murdered for being gay. He was killed in a public toilet in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan, by Terry M. Helvey, who acted with the aid of an accomplice, Charles Vins, in what Esquire called a "brutal murder".

'E.T.' releases to home video with 14 million cassettes presold

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, and written by Melissa Mathison. It features special effects by Carlo Rambaldi and Dennis Muren, and stars Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, and Pat Welsh.

The British government suddenly deregulates financial markets

The Big Bang was the result of an agreement by government of Margaret Thatcher and the London Stock Exchange to settle an anti-trust case that was initiated during the previous government. The Big Bang led to important changes to the structure of the financial markets in London.

Baccara are at #1 in the UK singles chart

"Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" is a hit single by the Spanish vocal duo Baccara. Written by Frank Dostal and Rolf Soja, and produced by Soja, this standard disco song was a major hit across Europe and became the duo's sole number one single in the UK, spending a single week at the top charts.

Sonny and Cher get married

31-year old Salvatore Philip Bono married 18-year old Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere. For a time they performed together as Caesar and Cleo before changing the name of their act to Sonny and Cher. Their union lasted 12 years.

'Beyond the Fringe' opens at the John Golden Theatre

Beyond the Fringe was a British comedy stage revue written and performed by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett, and Jonathan Miller. Hugely successful, it is widely regarded as seminal to the "satire boom", the rise of satirical comedy in 1960s Britain.

'Rebel Without a Cause' opens a month after its star's James Dean's tragic death

Rebel Without a Cause is a 1955 American drama film about emotionally confused suburban, middle-class teenagers. Filmed in the recently introduced CinemaScope format and directed by Nicholas Ray, it offered both social commentary and an alternative to previous films depicting delinquents in urban slum environments.


Construction begins on Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu

The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is a football stadium in Madrid, Spain. With a current seating capacity of 81,044, it has been the home stadium of Real Madrid since its completion in 1947. It has hosted the final of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League on four occasions: in 1957, 1969, 1980 and 2010.

The New York City subway system makes its maiden run

The New York City Subway is a rapid transit system owned by the City of New York and leased to the New York City Transit Authority. Opened in 1904, the New York City Subway is one of the world's oldest public transit systems, one of the world's most used metro systems, and the metro system with the most stations.


American inventor Philip B. Downing patented an improved mailbox. The improvement consisted of the covering and opening of outdoor mailboxes protected mail from both intruders and rain or snow. The mailbox had four legs. Downing’s design is still very popular in the United States and remains almost unchanged.

Cheap fence

American inventor Joseph Glidden patented Barbed wire. It was not entirely his idea. Another American, Lucien B. Smith invented the wire before him. But Glidden modified it to its present form. The invention changed agriculture and also landscape. It made animal husbandry practical on a much larger scale.

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