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5th October

1830 * Chester Arthur, 21st US President from 1881-1885.

1910 Portugal became a republic.

1914 The first air battle took place between French and German aircraft during WW1.

1919 * Donald Pleasance, English character actor who starred in the film Halloween (1978).

1921 The World Series was broadcast on the radio for the first time.

1936 * Vaclav Havel, Czechoslovak playwright who became the country's President in 1989.

1947 In the first televised White House address, President Truman urged Americans to refrain from eating meat on Tuesdays and poultry on Sundays to help starving people in other countries.

1954 * Bob Geldof, Irish singer who raised money for the starving in Ethiopia with 'Live Aid'.

1962 The Beatles released their first hit, 'Love Me Do' in Britain.

1968 Batons and water cannon were used by police to break up a civil rights march in Londonderry.

1969 British TV comedy series Monty Python's Flying Circus was first screened by the BBC.

1970 Anwar Sadat succeeded Nasser as Egyptian Prime Minister.

1974 Four people were killed and more than 50 injured in explosions in Guilford southern England.

1982 Sony marketed the first two-inch flat-screen pocket television sets.

1984 Police and Customs in Essex seize Britain's biggest ever haul of cannabis made in a single raid on a schooner, moored in the village of North Fambridge on the River Crouch in Essex.

1994 The bodies of 48 members of a religious cult are discovered in the village of Cheiry, by Swiss police after an apparent mass suicide.

1999 Two commuter trains collided at Ladbroke Grove, west London causing the deaths of at least 50 people.

2000 Opposition supporters stormed the Yugoslav parliament building and proclaimed Vojislav Kostunica as the new president.

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