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15 Oct
1998
The U.S. Federal Reserve made a surprise cut in interest rates to preclude any buckling of the domestic economy under the weight of the global financial crisisThe U.S. Federal Reserve made a surprise cut in interest rates to preclude any buckling of the domestic economy under the weight of the global financial crisis
20 years ago
15 Oct
1997
The Cyprus-registered Evoikos and an empty Thai supertanker, Orapin Global, collided in the Singapore strait, causing the worst oil spill in the country’s historyThe Cyprus-registered Evoikos and an empty Thai supertanker, Orapin Global, collided in the Singapore strait, causing the worst oil spill in the country’s history
21 years ago
15 Oct
1997
The jet car ThrustSSC, with RAF pilot Andy Green at the controls, broke the sound barrier on land for the first time, averaging 763mph over two runs in Nevada's Black Rock DesertThe jet car ThrustSSC, with RAF pilot Andy Green at the controls, broke the sound barrier on land for the first time, averaging 763mph over two runs in Nevada's Black Rock Desert
21 years ago
15 Oct
1997
Stella McCartney, daughter of ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, presented her first collection for French fashion house ChloeStella McCartney, daughter of ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, presented her first collection for French fashion house Chloe
21 years ago
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15 Oct
1997
British nurse Deborah Parry, charged with the murder of Australian colleague Yvonne Gilford in Saudi Arabia, was spared the threat of execution when the victim's brother accepted…British nurse Deborah Parry, charged with the murder of Australian colleague Yvonne Gilford in Saudi Arabia, was spared the threat of execution when the victim's brother accepted blood money, thus waiving his right to demand the death penalty
21 years ago
15 Oct
1997
A young couple died in a 'road rage' incident in London when their car was rammed on to the opposite carriageway by an irate driverA young couple died in a 'road rage' incident in London when their car was rammed on to the opposite carriageway by an irate driver
21 years ago
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15 Oct
1996
Italy’s highest appeal court ordered a retrial for former SS captain Erich Priebke, overturning the previous verdict which found Priebke guilty of war crimes, but ordered him to…Italy’s highest appeal court ordered a retrial for former SS captain Erich Priebke, overturning the previous verdict which found Priebke guilty of war crimes, but ordered him to be freed. He was sentenced to five years in prison in July 1997
22 years ago
15 Oct
1996
Pop star Madonna gave birth to her first child, a daughter named LourdesPop star Madonna gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Lourdes
22 years ago
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15 Oct
1995
Millions of Iraqis voted in a referendum to retain Saddam Hussein as president, with foreign observers invited as guests of the Iraqi government reporting that the referendum…Millions of Iraqis voted in a referendum to retain Saddam Hussein as president, with foreign observers invited as guests of the Iraqi government reporting that the referendum seemed free and fair
23 years ago
15 Oct
1995
British boxer James Murray died from a knockout blow sustained during a match for the national bantamweight title two days earlierBritish boxer James Murray died from a knockout blow sustained during a match for the national bantamweight title two days earlier
23 years ago
15 Oct
1995
Silvio Berlusconi, former prime minister of Italy, and his brother Paolo were committed for trial on corruption chargesSilvio Berlusconi, former prime minister of Italy, and his brother Paolo were committed for trial on corruption charges
23 years ago
15 Oct
1994
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide stepped back on to Haitian soil to a joyous welcome, ending three years of exile that began when he was deposed in 1991President Jean-Bertrand Aristide stepped back on to Haitian soil to a joyous welcome, ending three years of exile that began when he was deposed in 1991
24 years ago
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15 Oct
1993
African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela and South African President F.W. de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to end apartheid and lay the foundations…African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela and South African President F.W. de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work to end apartheid and lay the foundations for a democratic South Africa
25 years ago
15 Oct
1990
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace PrizeSoviet President Mikhail Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace Prize
28 years ago
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15 Oct
1990
Former KGB double agent Oleg Gordievsky identified John Cairncross as the alleged "fifth man" in a network of British spies who stunned British intelligence in the 1950s…Former KGB double agent Oleg Gordievsky identified John Cairncross as the alleged "fifth man" in a network of British spies who stunned British intelligence in the 1950s and 1960s after being unmasked as Soviet moles
28 years ago
15 Oct
1990
Racial discrimination was officially outlawed in South AfricaRacial discrimination was officially outlawed in South Africa
28 years ago
15 Oct
1987
Queen Elizabeth accepted the end of more than a century of British sovereignty over Fiji, expressing sadness at the military takeover of power in the South Pacific nationQueen Elizabeth accepted the end of more than a century of British sovereignty over Fiji, expressing sadness at the military takeover of power in the South Pacific nation
31 years ago
15 Oct
1987
Captain Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso, was killed in a coup and replaced by Captain Blaise CompaoreCaptain Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso, was killed in a coup and replaced by Captain Blaise Compaore
31 years ago
15 Oct
1978
General Joao Baptista Figueiredo was confirmed as president of BrazilGeneral Joao Baptista Figueiredo was confirmed as president of Brazil
40 years ago
15 Oct
1970
Anwar Sadat succeeded Gamel Abdel Nasser as president of EgyptAnwar Sadat succeeded Gamel Abdel Nasser as president of Egypt
48 years ago
15 Oct
1970
The West Gate Bridge, under construction over the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia, collapsed, killing 34 workmenThe West Gate Bridge, under construction over the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia, collapsed, killing 34 workmen
48 years ago
15 Oct
1969
Somali President Abdirashid Ali Shermarke was assassinatedSomali President Abdirashid Ali Shermarke was assassinated
49 years ago
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15 Oct
1964
Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev was ousted from power by ministers led by his former right-hand man, Leonid Brezhnev, who succeeded him, with Alexei Kosygin becoming prime…Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev was ousted from power by ministers led by his former right-hand man, Leonid Brezhnev, who succeeded him, with Alexei Kosygin becoming prime minister
54 years ago
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15 Oct
1964
Cole Porter, U.S. composer and lyricist, died. He wrote over 20 Broadway musicals including Kiss Me Kate, while songs such as Let's Do It, Begin the Beguine, and Anything Goes,…Cole Porter, U.S. composer and lyricist, died. He wrote over 20 Broadway musicals including Kiss Me Kate, while songs such as Let's Do It, Begin the Beguine, and Anything Goes, became worldwide hits
54 years ago
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