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1957: Sputnik satellite blasts into space
A Russian satellite has been launched into space - the first man-made object ever to leave the Earth's atmosphere.

1992: El Al jumbo crashes in Amsterdam
An Israeli Boeing 747 cargo plane crashes in the outskirts of Amsterdam killing dozens of people.

1993: US forces killed in Somali gun battle
At least five US soldiers die and two Blackhawk helicopters are shot down in a firefight with Mogadishu warlords.

1976: New train speeds into service
British Rail begins its new 125mph Intercity 'High Speed Train' service today.

1965: Immigrants feel at home with BBC
The BBC announces it will begin broadcasting a new programme for immigrants from next week.


Around this Day

1 October
Top Story: 1962: Mississippi race riots over first black student

2 October
Top Story: 1993: Hardline Communists riot in Moscow

3 October
Top Story: 1995: OJ Simpson verdict: 'Not guilty'

5 October
Top Story: 1968: Londonderry march ends in violence

6 October
Top Story: 1981: Egypt's President Sadat assassinated

7 October
Top Story: 2001: US launches air strikes against Taleban


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