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1938

Orson Welles causes panic with his ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast

Orson Welles causes a nationwide panic with his broadcast of "War of the Worlds", a realistic radio dramatisation of a Martian invasion of Earth. Orson Welles was only 23 years old when his Mercury Theatre company decided to update H.G. Wells' 19th-century science fiction novel ‘War of the Worlds’ (1898) for national radio. Despite his age, Welles had been in radio for several years, most n... Read more >

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2016

Mischief Night

Teenagers Make Everything Terrible

You know Halloween, right? It’s that day where kids go door to door begging for food and, if they are not given a treat, then a trick is deployed in the form of some mild prankery. Well, apparently, this isn’t enough, so the day before Halloween, i.e. today, is also known as Mischief Night or Devil’s Night, where japes, pranks and... Read more >

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1995

Quebec separatists narrowly defeated

By a bare majority of 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent, citizens of the province of Quebec vote to remain a province of Canada. French-speaking Quebec has long considered itself culturally divided from the rest of Canada. The referendum was the most serious threat to Canadian unity in the country's 128-year existence, carrying with it the possibility of losing nearly one-third of Canada's populatio... Read more >

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1918

Ottoman Empire signs treaty with Allies

On October 30, 1918, aboard the British battleship Agamemnon, anchored in the port of Mudros on the Aegean island of Lemnos, representatives of Great Britain and the Ottoman Empire sign an armistice treaty marking the end of Ottoman participation in the First World War. Though the Ottoman Empire—in a period of relative decline since the late 16th century—had initially aimed to stay neutral ... Read more >

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1975

Juan Carlos assumes power in Spain

General Interest 1975 Juan Carlos assumes power in Spain Share this: facebook twitter google+ PRINT CITE Prince Juan Carlos becomes Spain’s acting head of state after General Francisco Franco, the dictator of Spain since 1936, concedes that he is too ill too govern. The 83-year-old dictator had been suffering serious health problems for nearly a year. Three weeks after Juan Carlos assumed pow... Read more >