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On October the 6th
Egyptian President, Anwar al-Sadat, was assassinated by members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad organization. He was considered to be one of the most influential Egyptian and Middle Eastern political figures in modern history.
A Cubana Air passenger flight crashed near Bridgetown, Barbados, after a bomb placed by anti-Castro militants, killing all 73 people on board. It was the worst air disaster of its time.
The arrest of the Gang of Four and their associates was ordered in the People's Republic of China. The order signalled the end of the Cultural Revolution in the People's Republic of China which devastated the country between the years of 1966 and 1976. The Gang of Four was a group that consisted of Mao's widow Jiang Qing and three of her close associates, and were (along with 2 other already deceased persons) primarily responsible for the cultural revolution in China.
The Yom Kippur War started as 80,000 Egyptian troops crossed the Suez Canal.
LSD was declared as an illegal substance in the United States. During the 1950's and early 1960's it was available as an experimental psychiatric drug.
American film actress, Elisabeth Shue, was born in New Jersey, USA. She got her break in movies when she co-stared in 1984's hit movie, The Karate Kid.
American film director, Tod Browning, died at the age of 82. He is best remembered for directing the cult classic horror movie, Dracula, with legendary horror actor Bela Lugosi.
President of Syria, Hafez al-Assad, was born in Qardaha in western Syria. He was the president of Syria from 1971 to 2000.
British poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson, died at the age of 83. He is considered as one of the most popular English poets of all time.
As a result of the adoption of the Gregorian calendar, this day was skipped in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
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