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Friday, October 09

2009First lunar impact of the Centaur and LCROSS spacecrafts as part of NASA's Lunar Precursor Robotic Program.
2006North Korea allegedly tests its first nuclear device.
2001Second mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attack.
1999The last flight of the SR-71.
1995An Amtrak Sunset Limited train is derailed by saboteurs near Palo Verde, Arizona.
1992A 13 kilogram (est.) fragment of the Peekskill meteorite lands in the driveway of the Knapp residence in Peekskill, New York, destroying the family's 1980 Chevrolet Malibu
1991Ecuador becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
1989An official news agency in the Soviet Union reports the landing of a UFO in Voronezh.
1989In Leipzig, East Germany, 70,000 protesters demand the legalisation of opposition groups and democratic reforms.
1986The musical ''The Phantom of the Opera'' has its first performance at Her Majesty's Theatre in London.
Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime.

Vincent van Gogh    Factoids
Studies show that mosquitoes prefer biting blondes to brunettes.

Mosquitoes    Factoids
The blue whale is the largest animal that has ever lived.

Blue Whale    Factoids
Every ton of seawater contains approximately 1 milligram of dissolved gold.

Gold    Factoids
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