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On October the 4th
A cargo plane of the Israeli, El Al company, crashed into a block of apartment buildings in Amsterdam resulting in the death of 43 people, 38 of which were on the ground.
American actress, Alicia Silverstone, was born in San Francisco, California. She got her major screen break when whe starred in three video clips for songs of the band Aerosmith. The songs were "Cryin," "Crazy," and "Amazing,", which were so sucessful both as songs and as video clips that she eventually nicknamed "the Aerosmith chick".
American musician, Janis Joplin, died at the age of 27. She died from an overdose of heroin and alcohol.
Basutoland became independent from the United Kingdom and was renamed to Lesotho. It is a country on the African continent that is entirely land-locked and is surrounded by the Republic of South Africa.
An Eastern Air Lines turboprop passenger aircraft crashed after a bird strike. 62 people died in the crash.
Sputnik 1 was launched by the Soviet Union. It was the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. For many it was the beginning of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union.
The first run of the Orient Express began. Its route was from Paris to Giurgiu in Romania via Munich and Vienna. It was in 1889 , with the completion of the railway line to Istanbul, that the Orient Express began traversing the route for which it is most known.
Saint Francis of Assisi died at the age of 45. He suffered from what is known as the first account of Stigmata in history.He was pronounced a saint in 1228 by pope Gregory IX.
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