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Wednesday, 18 October, 2017  

News Anniversaries October 2017

Here's the Expertsources list of some future UK news anniversaries which may spark
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1 Year (2016)
Oct 05: UKIP leader Diane James stands down after only 18 days in post.
Oct 05: Hurricane Matthew leaves a trail of destruction in Haiti. At least 800 killed.
Oct 05: UK journalist Mazher Mahmood ('Fake Sheik') guilty of perverting course of justice.
Oct 06: UKIP MEP Stephen Woolfe in hospital after 'incident' with fellow MEP.
Oct 10: Death of Polish film director Andrzej Wajda, 90 ('Katyn', 'Man of Iron').
Oct 13: Death Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, world's longest-reigning monarch, 88.
Oct 13: US singer Bob Dylan,75, 1st songwriter awarded Nobel Prize for Literature.
Oct 14: English footballer Ched Evans found not guilty raping 19-year-old in hotel room.
Oct 14: Death actress Jean Alexander, aged 90 ('Hilda Ogden' in 'Coronation Street').
Oct 17: UK: 8 men found guilty of sexual exploitation of 3 girls in Rotherham.
Oct 17: UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe announces he is quitting the party.
Oct 20: UK: MPs back ex BHS owner Sir Philip Green being stripped of his knighthood.
Oct 21: Death of Raine Spencer, stepmother of Diana, Princess of Wales, aged 87.
Oct 23: Death Jimmy Perry, 93, creator/co-writer of TV comedies 'Dad's Army' & 'Hi-de-Hi'.
Oct 24: French authorities begin closure of the 'Jungle' migrant camp at Calais.
Oct 24: Death of US singer Bobby Vee, 73 ('Take Good Care of My Baby', 'Rubber Ball').
Oct 25: UK Govt approves third runway at Heathrow to expand UK airport capacity.
Oct 26: UK: Vodafone fined £4.6m for "serious" breaches of consumer protection rules.
Oct 28: UK: Fire destroys Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter, the 'oldest hotel' in England.
Oct 29: FBI announces reopening investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.
Oct 31: UK Govt rules out inquiry into 'Battle of Orgreave' during miners' strike in 1984.

2 Years (2015)
Oct 01: Law banning smoking in vehicles with children, in force in England & Wales.
Oct 03: Former UK Chancellor Denis Healey dies aged 98.
Oct 04: Liverpool FC sack manager Brendan Rodgers.
Oct 05: Death Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, 67 ('Inspector Kurt Wallander').
Oct 05: NATO urges Russia to end air strikes on "Syrian opposition and civilians".
Oct 08: Nadiya Hussain wins 'Great British Bake Off'. TV audience over 13m.
Oct 08: FIFA President Sepp Blatter & VP Michel Platini suspended for 90 days.
Oct 10: Geoffrey Howe, former Conservative Chancellor, dies aged 88.
Oct 10: 2 explosions at a peace rally in Ankara, Turkey kill 95.
Oct 13: Report says Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 hit by Russian-made 'Buk' missile.
Oct 17: Death of former Everton FC manager Howard Kendall aged 69.
Oct 19: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in UK at start of 4-day state visit.
Oct 20: Tata Steel announces 1,200 job losses in UK at Scunthorpe & Lanarkshire.
Oct 21: Death of Labour MP and former UK minister Michael Meacher aged 75.
Oct 22: UK Police investigate possible cyber-attack on the TalkTalk website.
Oct 23: Over 40 pensioners killed in bus crash in south-western France.
Oct 24: Death Irish-born film actress Maureen O'Hara, 95 ('Miracle on 34th Street').
Oct 25: Five Britons killed when whale-watching boat sinks off Vancouver Island.
Oct 26: World Premiere of latest James Bond film 'Spectre', Royal Albert Hall, London.
Oct 28: Schoolboy Bailey Gwynne, 16, died in stabbing at Cults Academy, Aberdeen.
Oct 30: Release of Shaker Aamer, Briton detained Guantanamo Bay for 13 years.
Oct 31: Russian airliner crashes in Egypt's Sinai peninsula killing all 224 on board.

5 Years (2012)
Oct 03: ITV documentary brands TV personality Sir Jimmy Savile a serial sex abuser.
Oct 16: UK's Ch 4 soap opera 'Emmerdale' reaches its 40th anniversary.
Oct 20: Retirement of 'Frankel', the world's best thoroughbred racehorse in sport's history.
Oct 23: World premiere of latest James Bond movie 'Skyfall'.

10 Years (2007)

Oct 01: Death British composer Ronnie Hazlehurst ('Are You Being Served?', Yes, Minister').
Oct 01: Death US discus thrower Al Oerter (1st to win gold medal, same event, 4 Olympics).
Oct 16: Death Scottish actress Deborah Kerr, 86 ('The King and I', 'From Here to Eternity').
Oct 17: Whitehaven,Cumbria 1st area to lose analogue TV in start of UK digital switchover.
Oct 18: Karachi Bombing, Pakistan: 139 killed, 450 injured. PM Benazir Bhutto unharmed.
Oct 25: World's largest passenger airliner, Airbus A380, into service Singapore Airlines.

15 Years (2002)
Oct 02: Start of sniper attacks in Washington DC area. 10 killed in 3 weeks.
Oct 04: Richard Reid ('Shoe Bomber') pleads guilty to attempted bombing of aircraft.
Oct 11: Ex US President Jimmy Carter Nobel Peace Prize for Middle East peace treaty.
Oct 12: Over 200 killed in Islamist terrorist bombing of nightclub in Bali, Indonesia.
Oct 12: Death US bandleader & musical arranger Ray Conniff, 85 ('Somewhere My Love').
Oct 16: N.Korea admits to a nuclear weapons programme (defying 1994 US agreement).
Oct 16: ITV companies Carlton & Granada agree terms for £2.6bn merger.
Oct 20: BBC TV launches new format for motoring series 'Top Gear'.
Oct 23: Chechen rebels start 2 day siege at Moscow theatre. 130 killed in rescue.
Oct 25: Death Irish actor Richard Harris, 72 ('Cromwell', 'Wild Geese', ''Harry Potter').

20 Years (1997)
Oct 04: Loomis Fargo Bank Robbery in N.Carolina. Gang steals over $17million in cash.
Oct 12: Death US singer-songwriter John Denver, 53 in airplane crash ('Annie's Song').
Oct 13: British PM Tony Blair controversial meeting with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams.
Oct 14: Death US novelist Harold Robbins, 81 ('Never Love a Stranger', 'The Carpetbaggers').
Oct 15: Launch of joint US-European space mission Cassini-Huygens to Saturn.
Oct 18: Official opening of Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.
Oct 24: Death US voice actor Don Messick ('Scooby-Doo', 'Muttley', 'Papa Smurf').
Oct 26: Jacques Villeneuve 1st Canadian driver to win F1 World Championship.
Oct 31: English au pair Louise Woodward found guilty 2nd degree murder of 8 month baby.

25 Years (1992)

Oct 02: Carandiru Massacre, Brazil. Military Police storm prison after riot. 111 inmates killed.
Oct 04: Israeli Boeing 747 crashes in Amsterdam suburbs. Over 40 killed.
Oct 06: Death English actor Denholm Elliott, 70 ('Raiders of the Lost Ark', 'The Cruel Sea').
Oct 08: Death of German politician Willy Brandt, 78 (W.German Chancellor 1969-1974).
Oct 13: UK Govt announces plans to close 30 of UK's 50 deep coal mines (30,000 jobs).
Oct 15: Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo guilty of 52 murders & sentenced to death.
Oct 21: UK: Mass march by thousands of miners in protest at coal mine closure plans.
Oct 21: Death US attorney Jim Garrison (investigated John F Kennedy assassination).
Oct 23: Emperor Akihito of Japan state visit to China (1st emperor ever in China).
Oct 25: Death US singer-songwriter Roger Miller, 56 ('King of the Road', 'England Swings').

30 Years (1987)
Oct 02: Death English actress Madeleine Carroll, 81('The 39 Steps','The Prisoner of Zenda').
Oct 08: Inquest verdict of 'Unlawful Killing' on 190 who died in Zeebrugge Ferry Disaster.
Oct 11: End of large-scale sonar examination of Loch Ness. No sign of monster.
Oct 14: Start 58 hour rescue of 18 month Jessica McClure in abandoned well in Texas.
Oct 15: Hurricane winds overnight in UK leave 18 dead and over £1 billion damage.
Oct 19: Financial 'Black Monday' with severe fall in share prices in Wall Street crash.
Oct 19: Death of English cellist Jacqueline du Pre, 42 from multiple sclerosis.
Oct 23: Champion jockey Lester Piggott jailed for 3 yrs for tax evasion (serves 366 days).
Oct 24: British Heavyweight Champion Frank Bruno knocks out challenger Joe Bugner.
Oct 30: UK TV broadcaster Eamonn Andrews records his last edition of 'This Is Your Life'.

35 Years (1982)
Oct 01: Japanese company Sony launch 1st consumer compact disc player.
Oct 11: Henry VIII flagship 'Mary Rose' lifted from bed of Solent. Sank in 1579.
Oct 20: Luzhniki Disaster: 66 football fans crushed to death at UEFA Cup match in Moscow.
Oct 21: Sinn Fein members Gerry Adams & Martin McGuiness elected to Ulster Assembly.
Oct 27: 3 RUC officers killed by IRA bomb in Lurgan.
Oct 27: Homosexuality decriminalised in N.Ireland for those aged 18 or over.
Oct 29: Australian Linda Chamberlain guilty of murdering daughter Azaria ('Dingo' case).

40 Years (1977)
Oct 01: Official retirement world's most famous footballer, Pele, in exhibition game.
Oct 13: Hijacking of Lufthansa Flight 181 & forced to land in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Oct 14: Death of US singer Bing Crosby aged 74 ('White Christmas').
Oct 17: Death of English film producer Michael Balcon, 81 (Ealing Studios).
Oct 18: 3 Red Army Faction terrorists commit suicide in Stammheim Prison, Stuttgart.
Oct 19: Kidnapped German industrialist Hanns Martin Schleyer found murdered, France.
Oct 26: Last natural case of smallpox found in Somalia (official world eradication 1980).
Oct 27: Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe denies any involvment in plot to kill Norman Scott.
Oct 27: Death US crime novelist James M.Cain ('The Postman Always Rings Twice').

45 Years (1972)
Oct 02: Demark joins the European Community.
Oct 13: Uruguayan flight crashes in Andes.Only 16 survivors found 3 months later.
Oct 16: UK: 1st episode of TV serial 'Emmerdale Farm' broadcast on ITV.
Oct 17: Queen Elizabeth II begins royal visit to Yugoslavia.
Oct 19: 1st episiode of World War Two drama 'Colditz' shown on BBC TV.
Oct 26: Death Russian-born aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky, aged 83 (helicopters).
Oct 29: Lufthanza Flight 615 hijacking. W.Germany meets demand to release prisoners.

50 Years (1967)
Oct 03: Death English conductor Sir Malcolm Sargent, 72 (Proms conductor 1948-67).
Oct 08: Death of British politician Clement Atlee, 84 (Labour PM 1945-1951).
Oct 08: New drink-drive laws in Britain including police use of the 'breathalyser' test.
Oct 09: Reports of death of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, 39 in Bolivia.
Oct 12: English zoologist Desmond Morris publishes 'The Naked Ape'.
Oct 16: US folk singer Joan Baez among 39 arrested in Anti-Vietnam War demo, California.
Oct 18: Release of Disney's 19th full length animated feature film 'The Jungle Book'.
Oct 21: Over 70,000 in Vietnam War protest at Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC.
Oct 25: UK: Outbreak of foot & mouth in Shropshire.(400,000 animals slaughtered in UK).
Oct 27: France again blocks British entry into European Economic Community (EEC).
Oct 27: London criminal Jack 'The Hat'; Mcvitie murders by gangsters the Kray twins.
Oct 28: Birth US actress Julia Roberts ('Pretty Woman', 'Notting Hill').

55 Years (1962)
Oct 01: Heavy escort for black student James Meredith, enrolling at Uni of Mississippi.
Oct 01: Johnny Carson starts hosting NBC's 'The Tonight Show' in US (lasts 30 years).
Oct 04: ITV broadcasts 1st episode of 'The Saint' starring Roger Moore.
Oct 05: British group 'The Beatles' release 1st hit single record 'Love Me Do'.
Oct 05: UK film Premiere of 'Dr No', the 1st 'James Bond' film (starring Sean Connery).
Oct 09: Uganda becomes at independent country within the Commonwealth of Nations.
Oct 10: Start of Sino-Indian War (border dispute between China & India).
Oct 14: US photographs Russian missiles in Cuba. Start of Cuban Missile Crisis.
Oct 17: 1st TV appearance of 'The Beatles' on Granada TV's 'People & Places'.
Oct 28: End of Cuban Missile Crisis between USA & Soviet Union after 13 days.

60 Years (1957)
Oct 01: UK Consumers' Association launches 'Which?' magazine.
Oct 02: British award-winning war film 'Bridge on the River Kwai' opens in UK.
Oct 04: Soviets launch Sputnik 1 (1st man-made object to leave earth atmosphere).
Oct 07: Birth of British Olympic ice skating champion Jayne Torvill (Torvill & Dean).
Oct 10: Radioactive material released in NW England after Windscale Nuclear Plant fire.
Oct 10: 1st episode of Western adventure series 'Zorro' broadcast on ABC TV in US.
Oct 11: Opening of Jodrell Bank radio telescope in Cheshire, England.
Oct 11: Birth of English comedienne Dawn French ('French & Saunders').
Oct 14: Queen Elizabeth II 1st reigning monarch to open Canadian Parliament session.
Oct 17: US film premiere of 'Jailhouse Rock', starring singer Elvis Presley.
Oct 24: Death French fashion designer Christian Dior, 52 (founder major fashion house).
Oct 25: Assassination of Mafia boss Albert Anastasia at Sheraton Hotel, New York.
Oct 26: Death of Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis ('Zorba the Greek').
Oct 29: Death Russian-born US film producer Louis B. Mayer, 73 (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer).
Oct 29: Birth of US voice actor Dan Castellaneta ('Homer Simpson' in 'The Simpsons').
Oct 30: UK Govt announces plans to create women Life Peers for House of Lords.
Oct 31: Japanese car company Toyota begins exports to United States.

65 Years (1952)
Oct 02: US electronics engineer John Mullin demonstrates 1st working video tape recorder.
Oct 03: End of tea rationing in Britain after 12 years (in place since 1940 in WW2).
Oct 03: UK detonates nuclear weapon in Australia (to become world's 3rd nuclear power).
Oct 05: Birth of Pakistan international cricketer & politician Imran Khan.
Oct 06: World premiere Agatha Christie play 'The Mousetrap', Nottingham (London: Nov 25).
Oct 07: Birth of Russian politician & Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.
Oct 07: US engineers granted US patent for 1st bar code system.
Oct 07: Birth of Russian gymnast Ludmilla Tourischeva (World & Olympic champion).
Oct 08: UK: Over 110 killed in 3 train collison at Harrow in north west London.
Oct 14: Work begins on new UN building in New York City (co-designer Le Corbusier).
Oct 16: UK film premiere of 'Limelight' (produced, directed & starring Charlie Chaplin).
Oct 20: Martial Law declared in Kenya in response to Mau Mau uprising.
Oct 21: British arrest Jomo Kenyatta for organising Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya.
Oct 26: Birth of former UK Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion.
Oct 26: Death African-US film actress Hattie McDaniel, 57 ('Gone With The Wind').

70 Years (1947)
Oct 05: US President Harry Truman delivers 1st televised address from White House.
Oct 13: Death British socialist Sidney Webb, 88 (co-founder London School of Economics).
Oct 14: US pilot Chuck Yeager 1st flight (Bell X1 rocker plane) faster than speed of sound.
Oct 26: Birth of US politician Hillary Clinton (nee Rodham) in Chicago, Illinois.
Oct 29: Birth of US film actor Richard Dreyfus ('Jaws', 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind').
Oct 30: Establishment of international General Agreement on Tariffs & Trade (GATT).

75 Years (1942)
Oct 01: WW2: Japanese troopship SS Lisbon Maru sunk (800 British POWs among dead).
Oct 02: WW2: Cruiser HMS Curacoa collision with Queen Mary off Irish coast. 340 killed.
Oct 03: WW2: German successful launch of 1st V2 ballistic rocket from Peenemunde.
Oct 06: Birth Swedish actress Britt Ekland ('The Wicker Man','The Man with the Golden Gun').
Oct 23: WW2: Start of the 2nd Battle on El Alamein by Allied Forces in Egypt.
Oct 23: Birth of US science fiction & thriller writer Michael Crichton ('Jurassic Park').
Oct 23: Birth British cosmestics manufacturer/retailer Dame Anita Roddick ('The Body Shop').
Oct 26: Birth of English film actor Bob Hoskins ('The Long Good Friday', 'Mona Lisa').
Oct 30: WW2: British sailors board sinking U-559 to retrieve Enigma machine & codebooks.

80 Years (1937)
Oct 02: US actor Ronald Reagan (later US President) film screen debut:'Love is on the Air'.
Oct 04: Birth of English romance novelist Jackie Collins (sells over 500 million books).
Oct 11: Birth of England & Manchester Utd footballer Sir Bobby Charlton in Ashington.
Oct 15: Publication of Ernest Hemingway novel 'To Have and Have Not' in United States.
Oct 17: Death English businessman Joseph Ismay, 74 (White Star Line). Titanic survivor.
Oct 19: Death N.Zealand born physicist British Ernest Rutherford, 66 (radioactivity).
Oct 31: Birth of US folk singer-songwriter Tom Paxton.

85 Years (1932)
Oct 03: Iraq becomes an independent kingdom (from Britain) under King Faisal.
Oct 08: Birth of snooker champion Ray Reardon (6 world titles)in Tredegar, Wales.
Oct 26: Death of US socialite Molly Brown, 65 (celebrated survivor of sinking of Titanic).
Oct 27: Birth of N. Ireland fooballer Harry Gregg (Manchester United goalkeeper).
Oct 27: Birth of US poet, novelist & writer Sylvia Plath.

90 Years (1927)
Oct 04: Work starts on carving of US Presidents at Mouth Rushmore in South Dakota.
Oct 05: Death of US film producer Sam Warner, 40 (co-founder of Warner Bros Studios).
Oct 06: Premiere of 1st 'talkie' film 'The Jazz Singer' (Warner Bros) in United States.
Oct 14: Birth of English actor Sir Roger Moore ('Ivanhoe', 'The Saint', 'James Bond').
Oct 18: Birth US actor George C.Scott ('Patton', 'Dr Strangelove', 'A Christmas Carol').

100 Years (1917)
Oct 07: Birth of US film actress, dancer & singer June Allyson ('The Glenn Miller Story').
Oct 12: WW1: Start of First Battle of Passchendaele (3rd Battle of Ypres).
Oct 15: Birth US Pultitzer Prize winning historian Arthur Schlesinger ('A Thousand Days').
Oct 15: WW1: French firing squad execute Dutch dancer Mata Hari for spying for Germany.
Oct 21: Birth of US jazz trumpeter John 'Dizzie' Gillespie in South Carolina.
Oct 22: Birth of British American film actress Joan Fontaine ('Rebecca', 'Suspicion').
Oct 22: Death of British world champion boxer Bob Fitzsimmons aged 54.
Oct 27: Birth of South African activist & ANC President Oliver Tambo.

125 Years (1892)
Oct 06: Death of British poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson ('Charge of the Light Brigade').
Oct 14: Arthur Conan Doyle's short stories published:'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'.

150 Years (1867)
Oct 18: USA takes possession of Alaska (purchased from Russia for $7 million).

160 Years (1857)
Oct 24: UK: Founding of world's oldest football club: Sheffield FC.

170 Years (1847)
Oct 16: Publication of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel 'Jane Eyre'.

175 Years (1842)
Oct 20: Death English heroine Grace Darling, 26 (rescued shipwreck survivors by boat).

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