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7 Oct, 1985 - Egypt Achille Lauro
1985 : Four Palestinian terrorists members of the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF), the terrorist wing of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) board the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in order to hijack the luxury liner and it's passengers.

7 Oct, 1919 - Netherlands KLM Founded
1919 : KLM Royal Dutch Airlines of the Netherlands is founded, its first flight is the following year from London Croydon to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for journalists, and it begins scheduled flights in 1921. It is the oldest airline still operating under its original name.

7 Oct, 1921 - U.S.A. Ku Klux Klan
1921 : State officials in Texas are considering a ban on parades by the Ku Klux Klan because of their incitement of violence against any non-white Americans including Jews and African-Americans.
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7 Oct, 1928 - Germany Duel
1928 : Two students from the Latvian University have died after a Duel of Honor with pistols in a nearby forest, the duel was sanctioned by the court of honor of the students corporation.

7 Oct, 1942 - World War II War Effort
1942 : Children in every school in the country have been bringing in 10 lbs of metal scrap or more this week and hundreds of thousands of scrap metal are now on their way to helping make the the tools our fighting men need to finish the job.
US Scrap Days

7 Oct, 1954 - U.S.A. Racketeering
1954 : Following the investigation by the Federal Grand Jury on racketeering in Chicago the first indictments have been served for charges on four union agents of extortion of large sums of money from poultry dealers in Chicago's Fulton market.

7 Oct, 1959 - England Southend Pier
1959 : The Pavilion at the end of the world's longest pleasure pier at Southend on Sea is gutted by the fire and three hundred people are rescued by sea. The original Southend Pier was first opened in 1830 and is 1 1/2 miles long. The Pier was rebuilt and the Pavilion was turned into a bowling alley but the pier has continued to be affected by fires but rebuilt and still in existence today as a major tourist attraction.

7 Oct, 1963 - U.S.A. Learjet
1963 : The first prototype Learjet a mass produced business jet takes off in Wichita, Kansas on it's maiden test flight.
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7 Oct, 1968 - India Floods
October 7th, 1968 : Devastating floods and landslides caused through torrential rain is now believed to have claimed the lives of over 1000 in the Sub-Himalayan Region, and now the threat of major famine through the loss of crops has been made worse because there is no safe drinking water in some towns including Darjeeling, many hundreds of thousands of refugees are now looking for help and assistance.

7 Oct, 1982 - Musical "Cats" Opens On Broadway
1982 : Following it's success in London (1981), the musical "Cats" opens at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway with Betty Buckley as Grizabella. The show runs for a total of 7,485 performances in New York ending it's run on September 10th 2000.

7 Oct, 1985 - England Tottenham Riots
October 7th, 1985 : Roving bands of youths continue to riot in areas of London including Peckham, Tottenham and Brixton setting shops and businesses on fire and overturning cars, they are now armed with Machetes and shotguns. One policeman was killed last night and police will now be issued with rubber bullets and tear gas to quell the rioters.

7 Oct, 2000 - England Wembley Stadium
2000 : England play their last match at the old Wembley stadium before it is due to be demolished to make way for the new Wembley Stadium. The match is between old rivals England and West Germany which Germany win 1-0.

7 Oct, 2001 - Afghanistan US Attacks Taliban
October 7th, 2001 : Following the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon a U.S.-led coalition begins attacks on Taliban-controlled Afghanistan with an intense bombing campaign by American and British forces hoping to locate and destroy the terrorist Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda organization.

7 Oct, 2001 - Barry Bonds Record Breaking 73 Home-Runs
2001 : Barry Bonds hits his final home run of the season creating a new record breaking 73 home runs in one season against Dennis Springer of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

7 Oct, 2003 - U.S.A. Gov. Gray Davis
October 7th, 2003 : The Governor of California Gray Davis becomes the second governor to be recalled (mismanagement of the state budget) in American history first was (North Dakota's Lynn J. Frazier 1921). On November 17 after the recall election Republican Arnold A. Schwarzenegger is elected.

7 Oct, 2006 - Anna Politkovskaya Found Dead
2006 : Respected Russian journalist and human rights activist, Anna Politkovskaya, was found dead after being shot in an elevator in her apartment complex in Moscow. The journalist was known for exposing human rights abuses by the Russian military in Chechnya.

7 Oct, 2007 - Cuba Train Crash
October 7th, 2007 : Some twenty-eight people died after a train and a bus crashed in Cuba. Over seventy people were also injured in the incident.

7 Oct, 2008 - US Presidential Hopefuls Debate
2008 : Barack Obama and John McCain have a town hall-style debate dominated by the financial crisis and foreign policy. Currently Barack Obama is believed to be ahead in the polls by up to 8 points.

7 Oct, 2011 - Netherlands Reclassifies Strong Cannabis as Hard Drug
October 7th, 2011 : The Dutch government began the process to reclassify strong cannabis into the hard drugs category. The change would mean that coffee shops that sell the drug would no longer be able to sell cannabis with more than 15% THC, the active chemical in the drug.

7 Oct, 2011 - Occupy Wall Street Protests
2011 : The Occupy Wall Street Protests which begun in New York on September 17th at New York City's Zuccotti Park in the Wall Street financial district spreads to other US cities and other cities around the World including London, England.

7 Oct, 2012 - Iraq Iraq Executes Eleven People
October 7th, 2012 : Iraq executed eleven people bringing the yearly total of executions in the country to 113. Human rights groups and nations with moratoriums on the death penalty decried the executions.

7 Oct, 2013 - Maldives Election Result Annulled
2013 : The Supreme Court in the Maldives has annulled the results of the country's first round presidential election. The court called for a new election on October 20th. The ruling was made after electoral fraud allegations.

Born This Day In History 7th October

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Simon Cowell
Born: 7th October 1959 Brighton, East Sussex
Known For : An English television personality best known as a judge on such TV shows as Pop Idol and American Idol, who can be extremely cutting some say even down right nasty with his comments for contestants on the shows.

Jayne Torvill
Born: 7th October 1957 Nottingham, England
Known For : British woman ice dancer who won a gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics with partner Christopher Dean in Ice Dancing.