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105 BC - Battle of Arausio: The Cimbri inflict a major defeat on the Roman army of Gnaeus Mallius Maximus.

68 BC - Battle of Artaxata: Lucullus averts the bad omen of this day by defeating Tigranes the Great of Armenia.

891 - Formosus becomes Pope.

1582 - Due to the implementation of the Gregorian calendar, this day is skipped in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

1600 - Jacopo Peri's Euridice, the earliest surviving opera, premieres in Florence.

1789 - French Revolution: Louis XVI returns to Paris from Versailles after being confronted by the Parisian women on 5 October

1849 - The execution of the 13 Martyrs of Arad after the Hungarian war of independence.

1884 - The Naval War College of the United States Navy was founded in Newport, Rhode Island.

1889 - Thomas Edison shows his first motion picture.

1898 - Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity founded at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

1903 - The High Court of Australia sits for the first time.

1908 - Austria annexes Bosnia and Herzegovina.

1921 - International PEN is founded in London.


1922 - The great powers of the first world war withdraw from Istanbul

1927 - Opening of The Jazz Singer, the first prominent talking movie.

1928 - Chiang Kai-Shek becomes Chairman of the Republic of China.

1939 - Last Polish army is defeated in World War II.

1945 - Baseball: Bill Sianis and his pet billy goat are ejected from Wrigley Field during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series (see Curse of the Billy Goat).

1955 - A United Airlines DC-4 crashes in Medicine Bow Peak, Wyoming, killing 66 people

1966 - LSD is declared illegal in the United States.

1973 - The Crossing: 80,000 Egyptian troops cross the Suez Canal, starting the Yom Kippur War. 2-28 Air Battle: 2 Israeli Phantoms shot down 7 Egyptian MiG-17s.

1976 - Cubana Flight 455 crashes due to a bomb placed by anti-Castrist militants, after taking off from Bridgetown, Barbados.

1976 - New Premier Hua Guofeng orders the arrest of the Gang of Four and their associates, putting an end to the Cultural Revolution in the People's Republic of China.

1976 - Students gathering at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand to protest the return of ex-dictator Thanom are massacred by a coalition of right-wing paramilitary and government forces, triggering the return of the military to government.

1977 - In Alicante, Spain, a group of MCPV militants and sympathizers were attacked by fascists while putting up posters. Miquel Grau, a 20-year old MCPV sympathizer, is killed.

1981 - Anwar al-Sadat is assassinated.


1995 - 51 Pegasi, in the constellation of Pegasus, 47.9 light-years away from Earth, was discovered to be the first major star apart from the Sun to have a planet (and extrasolar planet) orbiting around it.

1996 - American singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw married after touring on their Spontaneous Combustion Tour.

1998 - Gay-bashing: Near Laramie, Wyoming, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard is viciously attacked by two assailants for being gay (he died on October 12).

2000 - Slobodan Milo?evi? resigns.

2002 - The French oil tanker Limburg is bombed off Yemen.

2002 - Opus Dei founder Josemaría Escrivá is canonized.


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