1582 The Gregorian Calendar was adopted by Italy, France and Spain
(Oct 5 became Oct 15).
1608 * Evangelista Torricelli, Italian mathematician who invented
the barometer in 1643.
1881 * P. G. Wodehouse, English novelist who created the characters
Jeeves and Wooster.
1917 Mata Hari, World War I spy, was executed by a firing squad in
1920 * Mario Puzo, US novelist who wrote the best-seller The
1946 * Richard Carpenter, US singer who formed the Carpenters with
his sister Karen.
1962 Amnesty International was founded in London.
1964 Nikita Kruschev was deposed as Russian leader by Leonid
1969 Americans across the United States protested against the
continuing war in Vietnam.
1976 Thomas Raymond Crozier and Rodney Shane McDowell, UDR members
were jailed for 35 years in connection with the murders of members
of the Miami Showband.
1987 The worst hurricane to hit Britain since records began
devastated southern England.
1987 The Queen accepted the resignation of the Governor-General of
Fiji following the military coup by Colonel Rambuka.
1993 Nelson Mandela and F W de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace
Prize for working to end apartheid in South Africa.
2001 A letter tainted with Anthrax is opened in the office of US
Senate Leader Tom Daschle.
2003 China sent its first astronaut into space.
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