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1985

Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro hijacked

Four heavily armed Palestinian terrorists hijack an Italian cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, off the coast of Egypt. Calling themselves the Palestine Liberation Front, the gunmen demanded the release of 50 Palestinian militants imprisoned in Israel. Lacking support from mainstream Palestinian groups, the hijackers surrendered to Egyptian authorities on 9th October in exchange for a pledge of saf... Read more >

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2016

Swedish Town Invaded by Twins

Twin Town

If you were visiting the town of Felixstowe on this day in 1977, you may have become very, very freaked out indeed. As, for scientific reasons, ninety pairs of Swedish identical twins, all dressed in identical clothing, descended on the town and went shopping. Ranging in age from 11 to 80, the whole thing was devised by Sune Dahlström, who was also a twin and ... Read more >

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1975

A New York judge reverses John Lennon’s deportation order

On this day in 1975, a New York State Supreme Court judge reverses a deportation order for John Lennon, allowing him to remain legally in his adoptive home of New York City. Protests against the Vietnam War had escalated significantly following the announcement of the Cambodia invasion on April 30, 1970, and the shooting deaths of four student protestors at Kent State just four days later. Many... Read more >

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1949

East Germany created

Less than five months after Great Britain, the United States, and France established the Federal Republic of Germany in West Germany, the Democratic Republic of Germany is proclaimed within the Soviet occupation zone. Criticized by the West as an un-autonomous Soviet creation, Wilhelm Pieck was named East Germany’s first president, with Otto Grotewohl as prime minister.

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