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On October the 5th
Mass demonstrations in the city of Belgrade lead to resignation of Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic.
Two trains collided in Ladbroke Grove, London, resulting in the death of 33 people.
The Horse and Groom pub in Guildford was bombed by the IRA resulting in the death of 5 and the wounding of 65 people.
The first broadcast of Monty Python's Flying Circus took place.
English writer, Clive Barker, was born in Liverpool, England. He is one of the leading authors of contemporary horror - fantasy books.
American actress, Karen Allen, was born in Southern Illinois, USA. She is best known for her role in the blockbuster movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Czech writer and President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is considered as one of the most influential thinkers and proponents of freedom in the modern history of Czechoslovakia and is one of the most revered persons in his country.
English actor, Donald Pleasence, was born in Nottinghamshire, England. He was considered as one of the most prolific actors of his time, having participated in over 500 movies throughout his career.
French pilot, Roland Garros, was shot down and killed during an engagement in World War I. The French Open tennis tournament is named in his honor.
A republican revolution deposed the monarchy in Portugal and declared the country a republic.
A fierce cyclone wrecks havoc on the Indian city of Calcutta causing extensive destruction and the death of over 60,000 people.
During the course of the French revolution, christianity was disestablished from being the official religion in France.
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