Friday, October 7, 2011

October 7, 2011: What happened on this day in History

1985 Egypt Achille Lauro

7th October, 1985: Four Palestinian terrorists members of the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF), the terrorist wing of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) board the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in order to hijack the luxury liner and it's passengers.
1919 Netherlands KLM Founded

7th October, 1919: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines of the Netherlands is founded, it's first flight is the following year from London Croydon to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for journalists, and it begins scheduled flights in 1921. It is the oldest airline still operating under its original name.
1921 U.S.A. Ku Klux Klan

7th October, 1921: State officials in Texas are considering a ban on parades by the Ku Klux Klan because of the clans incitement of violence against any non Americans including Jews and Negroes.

1928 Germany Dual

7th October, 1928: Two students from the Latvian University have died after a Dual of Honor with pistols in a nearby forest; the dual was sanctioned by the court of honor of the student’s corporation.
1942 World War II War Effort

7th October, 1942: Children in every school in the country have been bringing in 10lbs of metal scrap or more this week and hundreds of thousands of scrap metal are now on their way to helping make the tools our fighting men need to finish the job.
1954 U.S.A. Racketeering

7th October, 1954: Following the investigation by the Federal Grand Jury on racketeering in Chicago the first indictments have been served for charges on four union agents of extortion of large sums of money from poultry dealers in Chicago's Fulton market.

1959 England Southend Pier

7th October, 1959: The Pavilion at the end of the world's longest pleasure pier at Southend on Sea is gutted by the fire and three hundred people are rescued by sea. The original Southend Pier was first opened in 1830 and is 1 1/2 miles long. (The Pier was rebuilt and the Pavilion was turned into a bowling alley but the pier has continued to be affected by fires but rebuilt and still in existence today as a major tourist attraction)

1963 U.S.A. Learjet

7th October, 1963: The first prototype Learjet a mass produced business jet takes off in Wichita, Kansas on it's maiden test flight.
1968 India Floods

7th October, 1968: Devastating floods and landslides caused through torrential rain is now believed to have claimed the lives of over 1000 in the Sub Himalayan Region, and now the threat of major famine through the loss of crops has been made worse because there is no safe drinking water in some towns including Darjeeling, many hundreds of thousands of refugees are now looking for help and assistance.

1982 U.S.A. Musical "Cats" Opens on Broadway

7th October, 1982: Following its success in London (1981), The Musical "Cats" Opens at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway with Betty Buckley as Grizabella. The show runs for a total of 7,485 performances in New York ending its run on September 10 2000. 
1985 England Tottenham Riots

2nd October, 1985: Roving bands of youths continue to riot in areas of London including Peckham, Tottenham and Brixton setting shops and businesses on fire and overturning cars, they are now armed with Machetes and shotguns. One policeman was killed last night and police will now be issued with rubber bullets and tear gas to quell the rioters.

2000 England Wembley Stadium

2nd October, 2000: England play their last match at the old Wembley stadium before it is due to be demolished to make way for the new Wembley Stadium. The match is between old rivals England and West Germany which Germany win 1-0.
Afghanistan 2001 Afghanistan US Attacks Taliban

7th October, 2001: Following the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon a U.S.-led coalition begins attacks on Taliban-controlled Afghanistan with an intense bombing campaign by American and British forces hoping to locate and destroy the terrorist Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida organization
2001 U.S.A. Barry Bonds Record Breaking 73 home runs

7th October, 2001: Barry Bonds hits his final home run of the season creating a new Record Breaking 73 home run in one season against Dennis Springer of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
2003 U.S.A. Gov. Gray Davis

7th October, 2003: The Governor of California Gray Davis becomes the second governor to be recalled (mismanagement of the state budget) in American history first was ( North Dakota's Lynn J. Frazier 1921 ). On November 17 after the recall election Republican Arnold A. Schwarzenegger is elected.

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2006 Russia Anna Politkovskaya Found Dead

7th October, 2006: Respected Russian journalist and human rights activist, Anna Politkovskaya, was found dead after being shot in an elevator in her apartment complex in Moscow. The journalist was known for exposing human rights abuses by the Russian military in Chechnya.

2007 Cuba Train Crash

7th October, 2007: Some twenty-eight people died after a train and a bus crashed in Cuba. Over seventy people were also injured in the incident.

United States
2008 United States US Presidential Hopefulls Debate

7th October, 2008: Barack Obama and John McCain have a town hall-style debate dominated by the financial crisis and foreign policy. Currently Barack Obama is believed to be ahead in the polls by up to 8 points.


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