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10 Oct, 1967 - Outer Space Treaty
1967 : Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies is signed by the United States and the Soviet Union. Below is a rough guide to what the treaty means:
Military Use
An undertaking not to place in orbit around the Earth, install on the moon or any other celestial body, or otherwise station in outer space, nuclear or any other weapons of mass destruction. It limits the use of the moon and other celestial bodies exclusively to peaceful purposes and expressly prohibits their use for military use.
Inspired by the great prospects opening up before mankind as a result of mans entry into outer space, recognizing the common interest of all mankind in the progress of the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, believing that the exploration and use of outer space should be carried on for the benefit of all peoples irrespective of the degree of their economic or scientific development.

10 Oct, 1913 - Panama Canal
1913 : The Panama Canal officially joined the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific ocean when the Gamboa dike was demolished with charges of dynamite.
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10 Oct, 1922 - Mexico Oil Supplies
1922 : America has long been the worlds largest supplier of oil but many believe the oil reserves will be depleted in America in 25 years while oil reserves in Mexico may well be bigger and last longer with current estimates at 40 years of reserves and it is believed they have the largest oil reserves in the world. American Oil companies continue to work with the Mexican Government to develop these new oil fields but they are facing stiff competition from British and French Oil companies.

10 Oct, 1939 - World War II French Lines 1939 : After five weeks of war German attacks on French lines are increasing daily but the French are continuing to hold using hand grenades against the Germans, many believe the current attacks are a prelude to a full scale German invasion force.

10 Oct, 1944 - World War II Auschwitz
1944 : 800 Gypsy children, are murdered when they are gassed to death at Auschwitz concentration camps. As well as Jews the Nazi party had decided Gypsies should also be exterminated and approximately 1.5 million Gypsies were murdered by the Nazis.
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10 Oct, 1957 - World's First Nuclear Accident Windscale
1957 : Part of the radioactive core at pile 1 at Windscale Nuclear Plant in West Cumbria used to make to make weapons-grade plutonium was on fire and as there had never been a similar experience it was a best guess as to how to distinguish the fire, but a combination of water pumped in to the reactor and turning off the air supply to the reactor worked. The combination of a lack of oxygen and gallons of water did the trick and the fire was eventually put out. The fire caused the release of substantial amounts of radioactive contamination into the surrounding area and the event, known as the Windscale fire, was the world's worst reactor accident until the Three Mile Island accident in 1979.

10 Oct, 1964 - Japan Olympics
1964 : The Summer Olympics open in Japan when Emperor Hirohito of Japan opened the 18th Olympic Games in Tokyo.

10 Oct, 1966 - U.S.A. Embargo South Africa
1966 : A committee of the General Assembly of The United nations approved by a wide margin a resolution condemning racial discrimination and urged all nations to support economic, diplomatic and an arms embargo against South Africa. The resolution was aimed at violations of human rights and specifically Apartheid South Africa's rigid system of racial segregation.

10 Oct, 1970 - Canada Kidnap
October 10th, 1970 : The Quebec Liberation Front (FLQ), a militant separatist group, kidnaps Quebec labor minister Pierre Laporte in Montreal. The Canadian Prime Minister believing the situation to be out of control agrees to send troops to the French Canadian province to help maintain order and proclaiming the War Powers Act, under which the FLQ was banned, some civil liberties were suspended, and thousands of troops were sent. In a series of raids, 400 Quebec separatists are taken into custody and held without charges.

10 Oct, 1971 - U.S.A. London Bridge
1971 : After being removed from over the Thames in London and shipped all the way to Arizona and then reconstructed London Bridge reopened today in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
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10 Oct, 1973 - U.S.A. Spiro Agnew
October 10th, 1973 : Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns in disgrace over charges of federal income tax evasion.
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10 Oct, 1973 - Middle East Arab Israeli War
1973 : On the fifth day of the Arab -- Israeli war Iraq has joined in on the Arab side and pressure is now being bought to bear for the United States to combat aid to Israel as the Arab forces now have the upper hand with missiles able to shoot Israeli planes out of the air. America knows it will need to tread carefully as if it becomes involved the Soviet Union could well join the Arab side which could then escalate into a world war.

10 Oct, 1975 - Botswana Elizabeth Taylor
October 10th, 1975 : Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor secretly remarry in Africa only 16 months after getting divorced.

10 Oct, 1978 - U.S.A. Dollar Coin
1978 : President Carter signed a bill authorizing the likeness of suffragette Susan B. Anthony on one side of the new dollar coin, and the Apollo moon landing on the other.
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10 Oct, 1980 - Algeria Earthquake
October 10th, 1980 : Two earthquakes have struck the northern Algerian town of El Asnam. Current Reports estimate up to 20,000 had died and many tens of thousands have been injured or are missing.

10 Oct, 1980 - England Conservative Party Conference
1980 : At the Conservative party conference in Brighton Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher acknowledges the high number of unemployed, but stressed her determination to stick to tough economic policies and told the party faithful "The lady's not for turning."

10 Oct, 1983 - Lebanon Cease Fire
October 10th, 1983 : In an effort to keep the cease fire in Lebanon Italian and Greek troops have been assigned and accepted to supervise the cease fire on behalf of the United Nations and if more are needed Yugoslavia will provide additional observers.

10 Oct, 1985 - Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers Arrested
1985 : The Egyptian commercial airliner carrying the Achille Lauro cruise ship hijackers is intercepted by United States Navy F-14A Tomcat fighter jets and forced to land at the NATO base in Sigonella, Sicily where the hijackers are arrested by Italian authorities.

10 Oct, 1986 - El Salvador Earthquake
October 10th, 1986 : An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale strikes San Salvador the capital city of El Salvador, killing an estimated 1,500 people.

10 Oct, 1991 - U.S.A. Postal
1991 : Former U.S. postal worker Joseph Harris kills two former co-workers at the post office in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The night before, Harris had killed his former supervisor, Carol Ott, with a three-foot samurai sword, and shot her fiance, Cornelius Kasten, in their home. His murders were one of many committed by postal workers which resulted in the phrase "going postal."

10 Oct, 1999 - UK London Eye
October 10th, 1999 : Thousands assemble to watch a giant Ferris wheel (One of the UK's Largest Millennium Projects) move into position as a new landmark on the London skyline the South Bank of London between Waterloo station and Westminster Bridge. The Millennium Wheel is better known now as the London Eye. The London Eye stands 135 meters high and has become one of the most successful Millennium projects attracting an average of 10,000 visitors a day and is the biggest Ferris wheel in the world.
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10 Oct, 2002 - Bush Can Unilaterally Declare War on Iraq
2002 : The US House of Representatives has voted to authorize President George W Bush to unilaterally declare war against Iraq. This allows the US to use force against Iraq in a manner "necessary and appropriate" to protect US national security and enforce UN resolutions. The Senate is expected to endorse the on Friday. Some members of the Democrats do have concerns due to a declassified letter from the CIA director, George Tenet in which he appeared to cast doubt on the possible threat from Saddam Hussein. A multinational coalition composed of United States and United Kingdom troops supported by smaller contingents from Australia, Denmark, Poland and other nations invaded Iraq on March 20th, 2003.

10 Oct, 2004 - U.S.A. Christopher Reeve
October 10th, 2004 : Christopher Reeve, famous as the 'Superman' actor died of heart failure, he had been a fit and well man until a freak riding accident left him as a quadriplegic due to a spinal cord injury.

10 Oct, 2006 - Iraq Death Squad Killings
2006 : In a matter of twenty-four hours, a total of sixty dead bodies are found around parts of Baghdad, Iraq. The majority of bodies found were believed to be killed by death squads in the city.

10 Oct, 2008 - Pakistan Suicide Car Bomb Attack
October 10th, 2008 : A suicide car bomb attack struck as some 600 people held an open-air meeting to raise a militia to evict Taliban in the Orakzai semi-autonomous tribal region.

10 Oct, 2008 - World Markets Continue To Fall
2008 : Stock markets around the world continue to fall on fears of a major recession following the collapse the financial markets.

10 Oct, 2009 - Pakistan Taliban Attacks Military Headquarters
October 10th, 2009 : Taliban Militants Attack Military Headquarters in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad in Northern Pakistan leaving at least 19 people dead, this is an ongoing increase in the last few weeks of militant activity.

10 Oct, 2011 - Largest Virus Discovered in Ocean Water Near Chile
2011 : Megavirus chilensis, the largest virus yet to be discovered, was found off the coast of Chile. The newly found virus is ten to twenty times wider than an average virus and is thought to infect small organisms in the sea like amoebas.

10 Oct, 2012 - Germany Tourist Bus Fire in China
October 10th, 2012 : The German government has announced it would support a new law that would explicitly allow circumcision as long as it was done by qualified professionals. The new law was introduced after disputes between the government and religious groups over the practice came to light when a court had ruled the circumcision on newborns was assault.

10 Oct, 2013 - Jonas Brothers Cancel Tour
2013 : The Jonas Brothers cancelled their upcoming US tour over creative differences within the band. The band was scheduled to play nineteen shows across the country with Bonnie McKee as a supporting act.

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Tanya Tucker
Born: 10th October 1958, Seminole, Texas, US
Known For : Tanya Tucker best known as a country singer with a number of hits to her credit over many years including "What's Your Mama's Name", "Lizzie and the Rainman," "If It Don't Come Easy" and "Love Me Like You Used To." She had her first chart success at the age of 13 with "Delta Dawn" and in 1993 was Female Artist of the Year on CMT Music Awards.

Brett Favre
Born: 10th October 1969, Gulfport, Mississippi
Known For : Best known as the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers from 1992 to 2007, he is three time National Football League AP MVP (1995–97) and led the Packers to seven division championships (1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007) and one Super Bowl championship (XXXI). He has numerous records to his credit including most career touchdown passes (454), most consecutive starts among NFL quarterbacks and most career victories as a starting quarterback (162). On March 4, 2008, Favre formally announced his retirement but after a few months he returned and is plays as quarterback for the New York Jets.