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This Week in History

10th Oct 2017

9th October

1876   Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson made their longest telephone call to date. It was a distance of two miles. 

2009 NASA launched the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS). On November 13, it was announced that water had been discovered in the planned impact plume on the moon. 

10th October

1865 The billiard ball was patented by John Wesley Hyatt. 

1963 A dam burst in Italy killing 3,000 people. 

11th October

1968  Apollo 7 was launched by the U.S. The first manned Apollo mission was the first in which live television broadcasts were received from orbit. Wally Schirra, Don Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham were the astronauts aboard. 

1942 The Battle of Cape Esperance, during World War II, began in the Solomons.

12th October

1492  Christopher Columbus and his crew land in the Bahamas

2002  Terrorist bombers kill over 200 and wound over 300 more at the Sari Club in Kuta, Bali.

13th October

1943 Italy declares war on Germany.

1983 The Space Shuttle Challenger, carrying seven, the largest crew to date, lands safely at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

14th October

1066   The Battle of Hastings occurred in England. The Norman forces of William the Conqueror defeated King Harold II of England.

2011   The Apple iPhone 4S was released.

15th October

1984   The Freedom of Information Act was passed. 

2011   Legoland Florida opened in Winter Haven, Florida. 


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Other Celebrity birthdays this week:

John Lennon 1940 - Musician (Beatles)

Mya 1979

Michelle Trachtenberg 1985

Luciano Pavarotti 1935

Ashanti 1980 – Singer

Cliff Richard 1940 - Singer 

Sarah Ferguson 1959 - Duchess of York