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    29 October

    539 BC King Cyrus "the Great" of Persia marches into Babylon, freeing Jewish captives and allowing them to return home
    1268 Conradin, the last legitimate male heir of the German Hohenstaufen dynasty of Kings and Holy Roman Emperors, is executed with Frederick I, Margrave of Baden by Charles I of Sicily
    1390 First trial for witchcraft in Paris.
    1467 Battle of Brusthem: Charles the Bold defeats Liege
    1508 Gelderse troops occupies Kuinre
    1552 Tsar Ivan IV escapes back to Moscow after battle
    1591 Giovanni A Facchinetti elected as Pope Innocentius IX

    BirthDay

    1463 Alessandro Achillini, Italian physician and philosopher, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1512)
    1507 Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, Spanish noble and diplomat (governor of the Netherlands (1567–1573)), born in Piedrahíta, Ávila, Spain (d. 1582)

    1682 Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, French Jesuit prince and historian, born in Saint-Quentin, Picardy, Kingdom of France (d. 1761)
    1690 Martin Folkes, English antiquarian and mathematician, born in Westminster, London (d. 1754)
    1704 John Byng, English admiral executed by firing squad at 52 for neglecting his duty in defence of Minorca, born in Southill, Bedfordshire, England (d. 1757)
    1740 James Boswell, Scottish biographer of Samuel Johnson and diarist, born in Edinburgh (d. 1795)
    1815 Dan Emmett, American composer, born in Mount Vernon, Ohio (d. 1904)
    1815 Ludovít Štúr, Slovak politician and author of Slovak language, born in Uhrovec, Austrian Empire (d. 1856)
    1816 Ferdinand II, German prince of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha-Koháry and King of Portugal (1837-53), born in Palais Coburg, Vienna, Austrian Empire (d. 1885)
    1822 Joost Gerard Kist, Dutch lawyer and president of High Council (1885-97), born in Zoelen, Netherlands (d. 1897)
    1822 Mieczyslaw Halka-Ledóchowski, Polish Catholic Cardinal (d. 1902)
    1824 Joseph Horace Lewis, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Barren County, Kentucky (d. 1904)
    1827 Marcellin Berthelot, French chemist (Thomsen–Berthelot principle of thermochemistry), born in Paris (d. 1907)
    1837 Abraham Kuyper, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1901-05), born in Maassluis, Netherlands (d. 1920)
    1837 Harriet Powers, African-American slave and quilt maker (Bible Quilt 1886), born in Clarke County, Georgia (d. 1910)
    1844 Albert Salomon Anselm von Rothschild, Austrian banker and member of the Rothschild banking family of Austria, born in Vienna, Austrian Empire (d. 1911)
    1853 Josephine Beall Bruce, African-American activist (NACW) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1923)
    1855 Paul Bruchési, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Montreal, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1939)
    1857 Konrad Haebler, German historian (Early printers of Spain/Portugal), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1946)
    1859 Charles Ebbets, American sports executive (co-owner of Brooklyn Dodgers 1897-1902), born in NYC, New York (d. 1925)
    1861 Andrei Ryabushkin, Russian painter, born in Borisoglebsk Uyezd (d. 1904)
    1871 Narziss Ach, German psychologist (Analyse des Willens), born in Ermershausen, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire (d. 1946)
    1873 Guillermo Valencia, Colombian poet, translator and statesman, born in Popayán, Cauca, Colombia (d. 1943)
    1875 Marie, last Queen of Romania as the wife of King Ferdinand I (1914-27), born in Eastwell Park, Kent, England (d. 1938)
    1877 Wilfred Rhodes, English cricketer (Yorks & Eng SLA, played Tests 1899-1930), born in Kirkheaton, Yorkshire, England (d. 1973)
    1877 Narcisa de León, Filipino film mogul, born in San Miguel, Bulacan, Philippines (d. 1966)
    1878 Alex von Falkenhausen, German general (China, WW II), born in Gut Blumenthal, Province of Silesia, German Empire (d. 1966)
    1879 Franz von Papen, German diplomat and chancellor (1932), born in Werl, Province of Westphalia, German Empire (d. 1969)
    1879 Alva B. Adams, American politician (U.S. Senator from Colorado 1933-41), born in Del Norte, Colorado (d. 1941)
    1880 Abram F. Joffe, Russian physicist (crystal), born in Romny, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1960)
    1882 Jean Giraudoux, French writer and playwright (The Madwoman of Chaillot), born in Bellac, Haute-Vienne, France (d. 1944)
    1890 Claire Goll, German-French writer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1977)
    1891 Fanny Brice, American singing comedienne (Ziegeld Follies, Baby Snooks), born in NYC, New York (d. 1951)
    1897 Hope Emerson, American actress (I Married Joan, Peter Gunn), born in Hawarden, Iowa (d. 1960)


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    On This Day In History

    30 October

    2014 Sweden Recognizes Palestine
    By doing so, it became the first EU country in Western Europe to recognize the State of Palestine. Yasser Arafat declared an independent Palestine on November 15, 1988. The UN General Assembly recognized it a month later.

    1973 Bosphorous Bridge in Istanbul Opens for the First Time
    Construction on the suspension bridge over the Bosphorus began in February 1970. The bridge, which connects Asia with Europe, was designed by British engineers Gilbert Roberts and William Brown.

    1961 Biggest Bomb in History is Detonated
    The Soviet Union detonated Tsar Bomba or Big Ivan over the Mityushikha Bay test range on the Novaya Zemlya Island in the Arctic Circle. The 57 Megatons nuclear bomb was one-of-a-kind and the flash of light when it exploded at a height of 13,000 feet was visible over 1000 kilometers away.

    1908 First cross-country flight in Europe
    French aviator Henri Farman flew from Bouy to Reims in France. The 14-mile journey took him about 20 minutes. Farman was also the co-founder of the Farman Aviation Works, an airline and engine manufacturing company.

    1905 Russian Tsar Issues the October Manifesto
    The manifesto, which was issued by Nicholas II, was a response to the Russian Revolution of 1905 in which there were widespread strikes and protests directed towards the government. The key features of the manifesto included the creation of an elected legislative body called Duma and universal suffrage for men. It also paved the way for a new constitution in 1906.


    Important Events

    1340 Battle of Rio Salado Battle (or Tarifa): King Afonso IV of Portugal and King Alfonso XI of Castile defeat Sultan Abu al-Hasan 'Ali of Morocco and Yusuf I of Granada, last Marinids invasion of Iberian Peninsula
    1899 Battle of Ladysmith, Natal: Boers defeat the British, leading to the Siege of Ladysmith

    1905 "October Manifesto" Russian Tsar Nicholas II grants civil liberties and accepts the first Duma (Parliament)
    1917 British government gives final approval to Balfour Declaration
    1973 The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus for the first time.


    Births On This Day – 30 October

    1973 Edge
    Canadian wrestler, actor

    1960 Diego Maradona
    Argentine footballer

    1885 Ezra Pound
    American poet

    1882 William Halsey, Jr.
    American Admiral

    1735 John Adams
    American politician, 2nd President of the United States.


    Deaths On This Day – 30 October

    2009 Claude Lévi-Strauss
    French anthropologist

    2006 Clifford Geertz
    American anthropologist

    1987 Joseph Campbell
    American author

    1923 Bonar Law
    Canadian/Scottish politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

    1883 Dayananda Saraswati
    Indian philosopher, scholar

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    • #3
      Quebec Independence Referendum
      ​​​​​​​October 30th, 1995: A referendum for a mandate to negotiate the independence of Quebec from Canada is narrowly defeated by (the vote was 50.6% to 49.4%).



      Zaire Muhammad Ali
      1974: Muhammad Ali regains The Heavyweight Title by knocking out George Foreman in the eighth round during the fight billed as "Rumble In The Jungle."



      World's Largest Nuclear Bomb
      1961 : The Soviet Union has exploded the world's biggest bomb so far nearly 4,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. This is the latest in a series of larger and larger bombs the Soviets have been exploding over the last few years. The United Nations is appealing to both the US and the Soviet Union to end the arms race or risk destroying the planet.


      England Record
      1936 : Two new records were broken today when British Airman Capt. James A Mollison made the crossing from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland to Croydon, England in a record 13 hours 17 minutes averaging 160 MPH in his Bellanca Monoplane. He also broke the record from New York to London with a time of 19 hours and 59 minutes.



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      • #4
        Originally posted by Nitin Kumar View Post
        On This Day In History

        30 October

        2014 Sweden Recognizes Palestine
        By doing so, it became the first EU country in Western Europe to recognize the State of Palestine. Yasser Arafat declared an independent Palestine on November 15, 1988. The UN General Assembly recognized it a month later.

        1973 Bosphorous Bridge in Istanbul Opens for the First Time
        Construction on the suspension bridge over the Bosphorus began in February 1970. The bridge, which connects Asia with Europe, was designed by British engineers Gilbert Roberts and William Brown.

        1961 Biggest Bomb in History is Detonated
        The Soviet Union detonated Tsar Bomba or Big Ivan over the Mityushikha Bay test range on the Novaya Zemlya Island in the Arctic Circle. The 57 Megatons nuclear bomb was one-of-a-kind and the flash of light when it exploded at a height of 13,000 feet was visible over 1000 kilometers away.

        1908 First cross-country flight in Europe
        French aviator Henri Farman flew from Bouy to Reims in France. The 14-mile journey took him about 20 minutes. Farman was also the co-founder of the Farman Aviation Works, an airline and engine manufacturing company.

        1905 Russian Tsar Issues the October Manifesto
        The manifesto, which was issued by Nicholas II, was a response to the Russian Revolution of 1905 in which there were widespread strikes and protests directed towards the government. The key features of the manifesto included the creation of an elected legislative body called Duma and universal suffrage for men. It also paved the way for a new constitution in 1906.


        Important Events

        1340 Battle of Rio Salado Battle (or Tarifa): King Afonso IV of Portugal and King Alfonso XI of Castile defeat Sultan Abu al-Hasan 'Ali of Morocco and Yusuf I of Granada, last Marinids invasion of Iberian Peninsula
        1899 Battle of Ladysmith, Natal: Boers defeat the British, leading to the Siege of Ladysmith

        1905 "October Manifesto" Russian Tsar Nicholas II grants civil liberties and accepts the first Duma (Parliament)
        1917 British government gives final approval to Balfour Declaration
        1973 The Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus for the first time.


        Births On This Day – 30 October

        1973 Edge
        Canadian wrestler, actor

        1960 Diego Maradona
        Argentine footballer

        1885 Ezra Pound
        American poet

        1882 William Halsey, Jr.
        American Admiral

        1735 John Adams
        American politician, 2nd President of the United States.


        Deaths On This Day – 30 October

        2009 Claude Lévi-Strauss
        French anthropologist

        2006 Clifford Geertz
        American anthropologist

        1987 Joseph Campbell
        American author

        1923 Bonar Law
        Canadian/Scottish politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

        1883 Dayananda Saraswati
        Indian philosopher, scholar
        Todays such an amazing day according to history.

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        • #5
          On This Day In History


          31 Oct, 1984 - Indira Gandhi
          1984: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was gunned down outside of her home by Sikh extremists.

          31 Oct 1921 - U.S.A. Forests
          1921: The latest figures released by the federal government show that forests in the United States cover 463 million acres. Current Forestry is 745 million acres.

          31 Oct 1926 - U.S.A. Harry Houdini
          1926: Harry Houdini magician and escapologist dies of gangrene and peritonitis after his appendix ruptured.

          31 Oct 1931 - U.S.A. Gold Standard
          1931 : Following the announcement that Great Britain had decided to abandon the Gold Standard in mid-September a mini panic occurred when people were worried their money was not safe in local banks, the panic caused people to draw savings from the banks which in turn placed more pressure on the banks than the 1929 stock market crash had already, because of this by 31st October 827 banks were forced to close.

          31 Oct 1941 - U.S.A. Mount Rushmore
          1941: The Mt. Rushmore sculpture is completed after Gutzon Borglum and 400 stone masons sculpt the colossal 60-foot carvings of U.S. presidents, The project had started on October 4th, 1927 to represent the first 150 years of American history.
          George Washington 1732–1799
          Thomas Jefferson 1743–1826
          Abraham Lincoln 1809–1865
          Theodore Roosevelt 1858–1919

          31 Oct, 1942 - England Canterbury Bombing
          1942: The Nazi Luftwaffe today launched the heaviest single daylight bombing attack since the Battle of Britain on the Cathedral City of Canterbury.

          31 Oct, 1950 - Puerto Rico Rebels
          1950: Fighting is continuing in the streets of San Juan between rebels seeking Puerto Rico secession from the United States and 4000 National Guardsman who have been sent in to bring calm to the city. Aircraft are now being used in bombing raids against the rebel hideouts entrenched in and around the mountain towns of Jayuya and Utuado.

          31 Oct, 1955 - UK Princess Margaret
          1955: Princess Margaret has announced she will not marry divorced Group Captain Peter Townsend. She had been forced to choose between her love for Group Captain Peter Townsend and giving up her title, her Civil List allowance, and her place in the line of succession because he was divorced. During her announcement, she stated that her decision had been made out of loyalty to the Crown and out of a consciousness of the Church's teaching on the "indissolubility of Christian marriage" (Divorce).

          31 Oct, 1956 - Egypt Suez Canal Crisis
          1956: Following Egypt's decision to nationalize the Suez Canal Britain and France begin bombing Egypt to force the reopening of the Suez Canal.

          31 Oct 1959 - Lee Harvey Oswald
          1959: Years before the Kennedy assassination Lee Harvey Oswald is featured in local papers when he applies for Soviet citizenship.

          31 Oct, 1963 - Indiana State Fair Coliseum Explosion
          1963: An explosion caused by a faulty propane tank during an ice skating show at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum (now Pepsi Coliseum) kills 74 and injures an additional 400.


          Born This Day In History 31st October

          Celebrating Birthdays Today
          Peter Jackson
          Born: 31st October 1961 Pukerua Bay, New Zealand
          Known For: Academy Award-winning New Zealand film director best known for directing The Lord of the Rings trilogy which won 17 academy awards including the Academy Award for Best Picture (2003). He also directed the newest King Kong movie which also won 3 academy awards.

          Vanilla Ice
          Born: 31st October 1967 Robert Matthew Van Winkle, Dallas, Texas, U.S.
          Known For: Best known as an American rap artist with his top-selling album "To The Extreme" 1990 featuring the top-selling single "Ice Ice Baby."

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          • #6
            Today is Vanilla Ice birthday

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            • #7
              On This Day In History



              1839
              The first Opium War between China and Britain broke out.

              1903
              Panama proclaimed its independence from Colombia.

              1952
              Clarence Birdseye marketed the first frozen peas.

              1986
              A Lebanese magazine broke the story of U.S. arms sales to Iran, leading to the Iran-Contra affair.

              1992
              Carol Moseley-Braun became the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

              2004
              Hamid Karzai was declared the winner in Afghanistan's first presidential election.

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              • #8
                On 4th November in History



                1970 - U.S.A. - - Feral Child Genie
                1970: Genie a feral child is taken to Children's Hospital Los Angeles after her mother enters a welfare office in Temple City, California, to seek benefits for the blind. Genie had spent nearly all of the first thirteen years of her life locked in her bedroom. During the day, she was tied to a child's potty chair in diapers and at night, she was bound in a sleeping bag and placed in an enclosed crib with a cover made of metal screening. She was never allowed to talk as her father beat her every time she made any sounds. At 13 years of age, her vocabulary consisted of about 20 words. The movie Mockingbird Don't Sing was based on this tragic true story.

                1956 - Hungary - - Soviet Tanks
                Soviet tanks and troops crush protests against Soviet rule with thousands killed and wounded, and nearly a quarter-million Hungarians fled the country.

                1920 U.S.A. - - New Air Mail Service
                Airmail service has opened between the U.S. and Canada. The first route had been planned from Seattle, Washington to Victoria, B.C. The pilot of this plane was scheduled to meet all boats arriving and departing from the British Columbia capital area.

                1922 - Egypt - - King Tutankhamen
                1922: British archaeologist Howard Carter and his workmen discover a step leading to the tomb of King Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.

                1931 - China - - Manchuria
                According to the press, it was announced that the possible inference of Soviets in Manchuria was a "made up" story. The Japanese had allegedly made up this story to cover up an alternative advancement northward.

                1944 - U.S.A. - - Franklin D. Roosevelt
                Governor Thomas E. Dewey criticized President Franklin D. Roosevelt as the reason why the Second World War was prolonged. Dewey stated that the war had continued on as a result of Roosevelt's "confused incompetence".

                1953 - South Korea - - Anti Communist Protest
                A group of UN members along with neutral observers led an angry anti-communist protest. This particular incident took place while Communist drilling of Chinese prisoners was going on.

                1963 - Germany - - Russians
                The Russians had stopped another U.S. convoy while it was traveling on the autobahn between West Berlin and West Germany. This halted convoy had just been used in a training exercise in West Germany.

                1966 - Italy - - Florence Flooding
                1966: The Arno River floods causing the flooding of nearly 2/3rd's of the city of Florence with some areas of the city in as much as 8 feet of water. The floods knocked out all power to the city including hospital emergency generators and caused the death of more than 100 lost their lives. Florence has always been famous for its historic books/manuscripts and fine art and estimates put the number damaged between 3 and 4 million with 10's of thousands damaged beyond repair and restoration.

                1973 - Egypt - - Peace Talks
                President Sadat of Egypt was scheduled to meet U.S. Secretary of State Kissinger. Egypt was skeptical of the intentions of the United States. The purpose of this meeting was to initiate Middle East peace talks.

                1973 - Holland - - Car-Free Sunday
                Following on from the experience of "Car Free Sundays" in The Netherlands during the Suez Crisis in 1956, the Netherlands organizes the first Car Free Sunday during the 1973 oil crisis with Highways deserted which are solely used by cyclists and roller skaters.

                1973 - U.S.A. - - Shortage of Electricity
                A magazine article was published regarding the possible shortage of electricity in some areas of the United States. Americans were urged to conserve energy in case the Arab boycott would continue for an extended period of time. A gasoline shortage was also expected, and as a result, a motion was made to lower speed limits. Measures were taken to help reduce the possibility of brownouts or blackouts in the U.S.

                1974 - Iran - - US Hostages Taken
                1979: Militant student followers of the Ayatollah Khomeini storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran taking 90 hostages. The students were enraged that the deposed Shah had been allowed to enter the United States for medical treatment and they threatened to murder hostages if any rescue was attempted. No diplomatic solution could be found and President Carter ordered a rescue mission in which eight U.S. military personnel were killed and no hostages rescued. The hostages were held in captivity for 14 months and were eventually released when the US Government released $3 billion in frozen Iranian assets and promised $5 billion more in financial aid.

                1980 - U.S.A. - - Ronald Reagan
                1980: Former Hollywood actor and Republican Ronald Reagan wins the US presidential elections beating Democrat Jimmy Carter with a huge majority.

                1983 - Israel - - Middle East War
                This was another busy bombing day for the Israelis and Palestinians. First, an Israeli bombing post in Tyre was struck by a suicide bomber. Israel then fought back using air fighters. They struck Palestinian bases located in the central mountains.

                1985 - Italy - - Yasser Arafat
                It was revealed on this day that Italian prosecutors made plans to interrogate Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. He was believed to be a reliable witness to the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro.

                1988 - U.S.A. - - Computer Virus
                A computer virus has infected many thousands of computers connected to the Internet. The Internet ( ARPANET ) currently connects 50,000 computers from Government agencies and Universities. The virus closed down a number of the computers as operations slowed down and the computers were forced to reboot. The virus was targeted to any computer running the operating system Berkeley UNIX Version 4.3. The virus was traced back to a Computer student at Cornell University.

                1995 - Israel - - Rabin Assassinated
                1995: Prime Minister Rabin was assassinated. At this time it was believed that the man responsible for the death of Rabin was affiliated from a right-winged group. This man was also said to have been from Herzliya. Rabin was hit in the back, shoulder, and side.


                2006 - United States - - Anglican female bishop
                Katharine Schori is taking office as the first female bishop in the Anglican denomination. The choice is controversial, as most other Anglican Churches do not allow women to become bishops. More than three thousand well-wishers attended her investiture ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral, and seven conservative US dioceses have already said that they will not accept her authority.


                2008 - United States - - Barack Obama Wins Presidential Election
                The United States Presidential election. The Democratic Party did well on the national level, with increased majorities in both houses of Congress and won the Presidency. Barack Obama was the Democratic nominee. The incumbent Vice President, Dick Cheney, did not run for the office. This year's presidential election is the first since 1928 in which neither an incumbent president nor an incumbent vice president was a candidate. Obama will be inaugurated on 20th January 2009.

                2008 - United States - - California Proposition 8
                Californian voters have approved Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriages. With more than 95% of the vote counted, the measure has 52.1% to 47.9%. The measure to ban gay marriage in California will throw doubt onto the 'unions' of the approximately 18,000 Same-Sex couples that have 'wed' during the last 4 1/2 months.

                2009 - Italy - - Italian leaders and the Vatican are dismayed at the banning of crucifixes in the classroom
                Italian political leaders are uniting to condemn the European court ruling that crucifixes can't be displayed in schools, and are a breach of human rights. The Italian government, the Vatican and Catholic right-wing parties are dismissive of the European Court of Human Rights ruling, which started from the case that was brought about by an Italian mother having opposed to the hanging of crucifixes on classroom walls.

                2011 - China - - Many Miners Trapped in Coal Mine
                Over fifty coal miners were trapped in a Chinese mine after a rock burst occurred after an earthquake. Eight miners died as a result of the accident while some others were able to escape, and those who were trapped were able to be rescued the day after the incident.

                2013 - Egypt - - Morsi Returns for Trial
                Egypt's former president, Mohammed Morsi, who was kicked out of office in July of 2013 by the Egyptian military after people began protesting his rule. Morsi, along with several other Muslim Brotherhood associates, is charged with killing protesters. Security was tightened with the arrival of the former president as there were calls for protest and people gathered outside where he was being kept.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Lalitsharma View Post
                  On 4th November in History



                  1970 - U.S.A. - - Feral Child Genie
                  1970: Genie a feral child is taken to Children's Hospital Los Angeles after her mother enters a welfare office in Temple City, California, to seek benefits for the blind. Genie had spent nearly all of the first thirteen years of her life locked in her bedroom. During the day, she was tied to a child's potty chair in diapers and at night, she was bound in a sleeping bag and placed in an enclosed crib with a cover made of metal screening. She was never allowed to talk as her father beat her every time she made any sounds. At 13 years of age, her vocabulary consisted of about 20 words. The movie Mockingbird Don't Sing was based on this tragic true story.

                  1956 - Hungary - - Soviet Tanks
                  Soviet tanks and troops crush protests against Soviet rule with thousands killed and wounded, and nearly a quarter-million Hungarians fled the country.

                  1920 U.S.A. - - New Air Mail Service
                  Airmail service has opened between the U.S. and Canada. The first route had been planned from Seattle, Washington to Victoria, B.C. The pilot of this plane was scheduled to meet all boats arriving and departing from the British Columbia capital area.

                  1922 - Egypt - - King Tutankhamen
                  1922: British archaeologist Howard Carter and his workmen discover a step leading to the tomb of King Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.

                  1931 - China - - Manchuria
                  According to the press, it was announced that the possible inference of Soviets in Manchuria was a "made up" story. The Japanese had allegedly made up this story to cover up an alternative advancement northward.

                  1944 - U.S.A. - - Franklin D. Roosevelt
                  Governor Thomas E. Dewey criticized President Franklin D. Roosevelt as the reason why the Second World War was prolonged. Dewey stated that the war had continued on as a result of Roosevelt's "confused incompetence".

                  1953 - South Korea - - Anti Communist Protest
                  A group of UN members along with neutral observers led an angry anti-communist protest. This particular incident took place while Communist drilling of Chinese prisoners was going on.

                  1963 - Germany - - Russians
                  The Russians had stopped another U.S. convoy while it was traveling on the autobahn between West Berlin and West Germany. This halted convoy had just been used in a training exercise in West Germany.

                  1966 - Italy - - Florence Flooding
                  1966: The Arno River floods causing the flooding of nearly 2/3rd's of the city of Florence with some areas of the city in as much as 8 feet of water. The floods knocked out all power to the city including hospital emergency generators and caused the death of more than 100 lost their lives. Florence has always been famous for its historic books/manuscripts and fine art and estimates put the number damaged between 3 and 4 million with 10's of thousands damaged beyond repair and restoration.

                  1973 - Egypt - - Peace Talks
                  President Sadat of Egypt was scheduled to meet U.S. Secretary of State Kissinger. Egypt was skeptical of the intentions of the United States. The purpose of this meeting was to initiate Middle East peace talks.

                  1973 - Holland - - Car-Free Sunday
                  Following on from the experience of "Car Free Sundays" in The Netherlands during the Suez Crisis in 1956, the Netherlands organizes the first Car Free Sunday during the 1973 oil crisis with Highways deserted which are solely used by cyclists and roller skaters.

                  1973 - U.S.A. - - Shortage of Electricity
                  A magazine article was published regarding the possible shortage of electricity in some areas of the United States. Americans were urged to conserve energy in case the Arab boycott would continue for an extended period of time. A gasoline shortage was also expected, and as a result, a motion was made to lower speed limits. Measures were taken to help reduce the possibility of brownouts or blackouts in the U.S.

                  1974 - Iran - - US Hostages Taken
                  1979: Militant student followers of the Ayatollah Khomeini storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran taking 90 hostages. The students were enraged that the deposed Shah had been allowed to enter the United States for medical treatment and they threatened to murder hostages if any rescue was attempted. No diplomatic solution could be found and President Carter ordered a rescue mission in which eight U.S. military personnel were killed and no hostages rescued. The hostages were held in captivity for 14 months and were eventually released when the US Government released $3 billion in frozen Iranian assets and promised $5 billion more in financial aid.

                  1980 - U.S.A. - - Ronald Reagan
                  1980: Former Hollywood actor and Republican Ronald Reagan wins the US presidential elections beating Democrat Jimmy Carter with a huge majority.

                  1983 - Israel - - Middle East War
                  This was another busy bombing day for the Israelis and Palestinians. First, an Israeli bombing post in Tyre was struck by a suicide bomber. Israel then fought back using air fighters. They struck Palestinian bases located in the central mountains.

                  1985 - Italy - - Yasser Arafat
                  It was revealed on this day that Italian prosecutors made plans to interrogate Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. He was believed to be a reliable witness to the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro.

                  1988 - U.S.A. - - Computer Virus
                  A computer virus has infected many thousands of computers connected to the Internet. The Internet ( ARPANET ) currently connects 50,000 computers from Government agencies and Universities. The virus closed down a number of the computers as operations slowed down and the computers were forced to reboot. The virus was targeted to any computer running the operating system Berkeley UNIX Version 4.3. The virus was traced back to a Computer student at Cornell University.

                  1995 - Israel - - Rabin Assassinated
                  1995: Prime Minister Rabin was assassinated. At this time it was believed that the man responsible for the death of Rabin was affiliated from a right-winged group. This man was also said to have been from Herzliya. Rabin was hit in the back, shoulder, and side.


                  2006 - United States - - Anglican female bishop
                  Katharine Schori is taking office as the first female bishop in the Anglican denomination. The choice is controversial, as most other Anglican Churches do not allow women to become bishops. More than three thousand well-wishers attended her investiture ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral, and seven conservative US dioceses have already said that they will not accept her authority.


                  2008 - United States - - Barack Obama Wins Presidential Election
                  The United States Presidential election. The Democratic Party did well on the national level, with increased majorities in both houses of Congress and won the Presidency. Barack Obama was the Democratic nominee. The incumbent Vice President, Dick Cheney, did not run for the office. This year's presidential election is the first since 1928 in which neither an incumbent president nor an incumbent vice president was a candidate. Obama will be inaugurated on 20th January 2009.

                  2008 - United States - - California Proposition 8
                  Californian voters have approved Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriages. With more than 95% of the vote counted, the measure has 52.1% to 47.9%. The measure to ban gay marriage in California will throw doubt onto the 'unions' of the approximately 18,000 Same-Sex couples that have 'wed' during the last 4 1/2 months.

                  2009 - Italy - - Italian leaders and the Vatican are dismayed at the banning of crucifixes in the classroom
                  Italian political leaders are uniting to condemn the European court ruling that crucifixes can't be displayed in schools, and are a breach of human rights. The Italian government, the Vatican and Catholic right-wing parties are dismissive of the European Court of Human Rights ruling, which started from the case that was brought about by an Italian mother having opposed to the hanging of crucifixes on classroom walls.

                  2011 - China - - Many Miners Trapped in Coal Mine
                  Over fifty coal miners were trapped in a Chinese mine after a rock burst occurred after an earthquake. Eight miners died as a result of the accident while some others were able to escape, and those who were trapped were able to be rescued the day after the incident.

                  2013 - Egypt - - Morsi Returns for Trial
                  Egypt's former president, Mohammed Morsi, who was kicked out of office in July of 2013 by the Egyptian military after people began protesting his rule. Morsi, along with several other Muslim Brotherhood associates, is charged with killing protesters. Security was tightened with the arrival of the former president as there were calls for protest and people gathered outside where he was being kept.
                  Such a surprise day today. Amazing history.

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                    On This Day In History


                    1942 - Egypt -- El Alamein
                    1942: The British win the Second Battle of El Alamein with the British Eighth Army headed by ( Monty ) Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery when the ( Afrika Korps ) commanded by Field Marshal Rommel ( Desert Fox ) are forced to surrender exhausted and dying from dehydration. In a famous speech a few days later Winston Churchill uses these well-known lines "This is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.".

                    5 Nov, 1991 - Tenerife - - Robert Maxwell
                    The body of the millionaire newspaper publisher, Robert Maxwell, has been found in the sea off the coast of Tenerife. After his death, it emerged that the Mirror Group's debts vastly outweighed its assets and £440m was missing from the company's pension funds.


                    1920 U.S.A. - - liquor raid
                    1920: Two Oklahoma law enforcement personnel helped uncover the details of a liquor raid. In the process, one gallon of corn juice, one quart of gasoline, and one live prisoner were held. One citizen was taken into custody.

                    November 5th In The News El Alamein, Robert Maxwell., General Dwight D Eisenhower, Nelson A Rockefella, Richard Nixon Watergate, George Forman, Bill Clinton

                    1932 - U.S.A. - - Roosevelt
                    1932: As the two presidential candidates Hoover and Roosevelt wind up their tour of the country a Roosevelt landslide is being predicted The Nations 40,000,000 voters will decide on Tuesday who will be the nations next leader in these times of mass unemployment and hardship. The odds are 5 to 1 on Roosevelt winning

                    1935 - Japan - - Border Patrol Clash
                    The Japanese government urged the Russians to discuss a border patrol clash. This conflict was exchanged between Soviet and Japanese-Manchoukuoan soldiers. This was the second request sent by a Soviet ambassador in regards to this matter. The Japanese foreign minister had responded to one of the request by sending a memo. In this memo, it had indicated that the Japanese government was not involved in the border conflicts. Japan urged the Soviet ambassador to contact the Manchoukuoan government.

                    Back In Time Gifts
                    1940 - World War II - - Shipping Sunk
                    Two different ships were destroyed by the Germans in the waters of the North Atlantic Sea. One of the ships was a British passenger ship and the other was a freighter.

                    1952 - U.S.A. - - Eisenhower
                    1952: General Dwight D Eisenhower wins the American presidential elections with the largest number of popular votes ever recorded for a presidential candidate.



                    1953 - U.S.A. - - Middle East
                    It was revealed that Israel and Arab states were warned that the United States could not carry the financial burden of the Middle East forever. The cause of this burden was largely because of plans to develop the Jordan River, and to assist 800,000 Israeli refugees. The refugees were displaced as a result of the Palestine War.

                    1958 - U.S.A. - - Rockefella
                    Republican Nelson A Rockefella has won in New York unseating Democratic Governor Averell Harriman with more than half a million voted to spare. This was the millionaires first attempt at public office.

                    1963 - Germany - - Convoy Trapped
                    The United States Army began delivering supplies to men trapped in a convoy. This convoy was trapped on the day before despite efforts to free it. This 12-vehicle system was still seized by armed Soviet cars at the Marienborn checkpoint heading towards East Germany.

                    1967 - Great Britain - - Train Crash
                    1967: A Commuter express train careered off the tracks at Hither Green coming into London causing the deaths of 53 with many more injured.

                    1968 - U.S.A. - - Richard Nixon
                    Richard Nixon wins a close contest to be elected the 37th President of the United States. Nixon received 43.2 percent of the popular vote, while his Democratic opponent, Hubert Humphrey, closely followed with 42.6 percent..



                    1973 - U.S.A. - - Watergate
                    During the need for peace in the Middle East, along with the pressing energy crisis, more was at stake in Congress. Another order of business on the agenda pertained to whether or not President Nixon should step down. He was allegedly a part of the Watergate Scandal.



                    1976 - U.S.A. - - Unemployment
                    The unemployment jobless rate continues to rise with October figures published today showing an increase from 7.8% to 7.9% in October Jobless Figures.

                    1978 - Iran - - Prime Minister
                    1978: Iran's Prime Minister Jaffer Sharif-Emami resigns after two days of virtual mob rule.

                    Back In Time Gifts For All Occasions
                    1978 - Nicaragua - - Sandinista Front
                    The ruling Sandinista Front who took power during the revolution 5 years ago have won in the first elections in the country. The FSLN led by Daniel Ortega has said he has won with over 70% of the popular vote.

                    1985 - USSR - - Joseph Stalin
                    Joseph Stalin's daughter Svetlana Peters was reported as returning to the USSR. She was known as saying that she did not have a day of peace in the United States. Another person had gone back to the Soviet Union telling tales of drugs and bribery.

                    1990 - Jordan - - American hostages
                    An account was printed today of the Freedom of four sick American hostages. They had just arrived in Amman, Jordan from Iraq on the day before. The release of the above-mentioned hostages was encouraged by the Fellowship of Reconciliation. This organization is a U.S. peace group.

                    1994 - U.S.A. - - George Forman
                    1994: George Forman becomes the oldest Boxing Heavyweight Champion of the world.

                    1996 - Egypt - - Alexandria
                    1996: Divers have discovered the ancient port of Alexandria from 2000 years ago which was swallowed by the sea and contains the ruins of Cleopatras Palace and Mark Anthony's home and temple when the Roman warrior was in Egypt. Divers have found thousands of artifacts dating back to 323BC to 30BC and many of the original columns are still standing and in remarkable condition.

                    1996 - U.S.A. - - Bill Clinton
                    Bill Clinton wins his second term with a landslide victory and became the first Democrat to win back to back victories in 50 years.



                    2000 - U.S.A. - - O.J. Simpson
                    O.J. Simpson, a man charged with killing his wife and daughter tried to sue his former lawyer for breach of contract. However, this could not be proven, so the charge was dismissed by the judge. Simpson had faced legal trouble for many years regarding the murders he had allegedly committed.

                    2005 - England - - Guy Fawkes Night
                    Guy Fawkes Night celebrating the failed gunpowder plot of 1605 400 years ago when there was an attempt to blow up the British houses of parliament. Since that time, Guy Fawkes day is celebrated by bonfires, fireworks and the burning of effigies called "guys" on the bonfire. ( Guy Fawkes was captured, confessed and was executed )


                    2006 - Europe - - Power Cuts
                    2006: Two high voltage power lines in Germany failed triggering a cascade of cuts as automatic safety devices cut millions of customers to prevent a total blackout of the continent. Parts of Germany, Belgium, France (including parts of Paris), Spain, and Italy were affected.

                    2006 - Iraq - - Saddam Hussein Sentenced To Death
                    Saddam Hussein has been convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging in the al-Dujail trial for his role in the massacre of the 148 Shi'as in 1982



                    2006 - Nicaraguan presidential election
                    US-backed President Bolanos has become increasingly isolated since he led the anti-corruption drive against his predecessor, Arnoldo Aleman. Mr Bolanos' own Liberal Party has turned against him in congress, and joined forces with their former rivals, the left-wing Sandinistas. The election is being seen as a chance to end the pacts that have dominated Nicaraguan politics for some time.

                    2007 - China - - First lunar satellite
                    As part of China's Lunar Exploration Program "Change 1" enters lunar orbit and on November 26th begins sending back pictures of the Moon to Earth as part of the projects goals to create three-dimen'sional images of the lunar surface.

                    2007 - United States - - Screenwriters go on strike
                    Hollywood screenwriters go on strike after talks with studio representatives fail to resolve their dispute over royalties. Pickets are set up outside studios in Los Angeles and New York after The Writers Guild of America asks 12,000 of its members to stop working.

                    2008 - Russia - - New missile deployment
                    Dmitry Medvedev announces that Russia will be placing short-range conventional warhead missiles in Kaliningrad as a counter to the United States missile defense facilities in Poland and the Czech Republic. Russia will be also be deploying short-range missiles to the Baltic Sea region near the border with Poland. These measures are due to the United States plans to build an anti-missile system in Europe. The proposed U.S. anti-missile system will include ten missile silos in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic is said to threaten Russia's national security.

                    2009 - United States - - Tribal Nations Conference
                    The White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of the Interior will have opening and closing remarks from the President, and discussions on everything from the jobs market to energy, housing and health care. His participation in the conference is said to be part of his outreach to the American people, and will be attended by the leaders of the 564 federally recognized tribes. These will have the opportunity to interact directly with the President and his Administration. The tribes have been invited to send one representative to the conference. This is the first annual White House Tribal Nations Conference.


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                      On 4th November in History



                      2006 - Iraq - - Saddam Hussein Sentenced To Death
                      Saddam Hussein been been convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging in the al-Dujail trial for his role in the massacre of the 148 Shi'as in 1982

                      2007 - China - - First lunar satellite
                      As part of China's Lunar Exploration Program "Chang'e 1" enters lunar orbit and on November 26th begins sending back pictures of the Moon to Earth as part of the projects goals to create three-dimen'sional images of the lunar surface.

                      2012 - South Korea - - Nuclear Reactors Shut Down In South Korea
                      Two nuclear reactors were shut down in South Korea after it was found out that they were using parts that had not been approved. Shutting down the reactors meant that the country could face massive power shortages in the coming months.


                      2013 - India - - India Launches Mars Orbiter
                      India has successfully launched their Mars Orbiter Mission, hoping that they will become the fourth country to reach Mars. The spacecraft is expected to travel for three hundred days before reaching the planet.

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                        On This Day In History


                        Events

                        1153 Treaty of Wallingford (Oxfordshire) signed between King Stephen and the Empress Maude (aka Matilda)
                        1528 Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca becomes first known European to set foot in Texas
                        1534 Zealand hit by heavy storm
                        1572 Supernova is observed in constellation known as Cassiopeia
                        1632 Battle at Lutzen: Swedish/Saxon army beats imperial armies
                        1657 Brandenburg & Poland sign unity of Bromberg
                        1676 King Carlos II of Spain comes of age (at 15)
                        1789 Pope Pius VI appoints Father John Carroll as the first Catholic bishop in the United States.
                        1792 Battle of Jemappes: French army beats Holy Roman Empire
                        1813 Chilpancingo congress declares Mexico independent of Spain
                        1844 Spain grants Dominican Republic independence
                        1850 1st Hawaiian fire engine
                        1850 Yerba Buena & Angel Islands (San Francisco Bay) reserved for military use

                        Births On This Day – 6 November

                        1988 Emma Stone
                        American actress

                        1987 Ana Ivanovic
                        Serbian tennis player

                        1970 Ethan Hawke
                        American actor, director, screenwriter

                        1949 Joseph C. Wilson
                        American diplomat

                        1814 Adolphe Sax
                        Belgian musician, invented the saxophone

                        Deaths On This Day – 6 November

                        2004 Fred Dibnah
                        English steeplejack

                        1991 Gene Tierney
                        American actress

                        1960 Erich Raeder
                        German Admiral

                        1893 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
                        Russian composer

                        1836 Charles X of France

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                          On This Day In History


                          1972 Home Box Office launched
                          The premium TV channel, informally known as HBO, is the oldest paid TV channel in the United States. The first program to screen on the channel was Sometimes a Great Notion, a movie starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda.

                          1971 Coup in Thailand
                          Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn staged a coup against his own government and dismissed the parliament citing increasing communist influence.

                          1939 Assassination attempt on Hitler
                          Johann Georg Elser, a German woodworker, attempted to kill Adolf Hilter and other high ranking members of the Nazi party during the 16th-anniversary observances of the Beer Hall Putsch, a failed coup attempt by Hitler in 1923. The time bomb Elser used in a beer hall called Bürgerbräukeller in Munich went off but failed to kill Hitler. Elser was caught and imprisoned in Dachau for 5 years.

                          1923 Beer Hall Putsch
                          On this day, Adolf Hitler and other members of the Nazi party attempted to overthrow the current government by marching to Berlin. They started the march at the Bürgerbräu Keller in Munich. The coup attempt was eventually unsuccessful and Hitler was captured and imprisoned for 2 years.

                          1895 First person to observe X-rays
                          German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen accidentally discovered X-rays, also sometimes called Röntgen rays while working on cathode rays. X-rays are a type of electromagnetic radiation that are often used today in medicine. Röntgen was awarded the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901 for his discovery.


                          Births On This Day – 8 November

                          1986 Aaron Swartz
                          American computer programmer, activist

                          1966 Gordon Ramsay
                          Scottish chef, television host

                          1961 Micky Adams
                          English footballer, manager

                          1927 Nguyen Khanh
                          Vietnamese general, politician, 3rd President of South Vietnam

                          1900 Margaret Mitchell
                          American author


                          Deaths On This Day – 8 November

                          1986 Vyacheslav Molotov
                          Soviet politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs fr the Soviet Union

                          1965 Dorothy Kilgallen
                          American journalist

                          1953 Ivan Bunin
                          Russian author, poet, Nobel Prize laureate

                          1887 Doc Holliday
                          American gambler, dentist

                          1674 John Milton
                          English poet

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                            On This Day In History



                            2009 20th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall
                            On this day, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the last Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev and Polish ex-president and Noble Prize winner Lech Walesa walked through Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

                            1994 Darmstadtium created for the first time
                            The heavily radioactive element with an atomic number of 110 and symbol Ds, was created at Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (Institute for Heavy Ion Research) in Darmstadt, Germany, the city after which the element is named.

                            1985 Youngest person to become World Chess Champion
                            22-year-old Russian Gary Kasparov won the 13th World Chess Championship against Anatoly Karpov to become the youngest World Chess Champion.

                            1967 Rolling Stone makes its debut
                            The biweekly popular culture magazine was founded by Jann Simon Wenner in San Francisco. The magazine launched the careers of many famous authors and published the early versions of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

                            1938 Night of broken glass
                            A pogrom against Jewish businesses, synagogues, and Jews in Germany and Austria was carried out by Sturmabteilung troops and civilians. The series of attacks that killed about 70 people and put 30,000 jews in prison is known as the night of broken glass or Kristallnacht


                            Births On This Day – 9 November

                            1974 Alessandro Del Piero
                            Italian footballer

                            1970 Chris Jericho
                            American/Canadian wrestler, singer-songwriter, actor

                            1934 Carl Sagan
                            American astronomer, author

                            1928 Anne Sexton
                            American poet

                            1918 Spiro Agnew
                            American politician, 39th Vice President of the United States


                            Deaths On This Day – 9 November

                            2005 K. R. Narayanan
                            Indian politician, 10th President of India

                            2004 Stieg Larsson
                            Swedish writer

                            1970 Charles de Gaulle
                            French general, politician, President of France

                            1953 Ibn Saud
                            Saudi Arabian king

                            1940 Neville Chamberlain
                            English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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                              1985 Youngest person to become World Chess Champion
                              22-year-old Russian Gary Kasparov won the 13th World Chess Championship against Anatoly Karpov to become the youngest World Chess Champion.

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