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Today in History
Thursday, October 30

2005The rebuilt Dresden Frauenkirche (destroyed in the firebombing of Dresden during World War II) is reconsecrated after a thirteen-year rebuilding project.
2002British Digital terrestrial television (DTT) Service Freeview begins transmitting in parts of the United Kingdom.
2000The last Multics machine is shut down.
1995Quebec sovereignists narrowly lose a referendum for a mandate to negotiate independence from Canada (vote is 50.6% to 49.4%).
1993Greysteel massacre: The Ulster Freedom Fighters, a loyalist terrorist group, open fire on a crowded bar in Greysteel, Northern Ireland. Eight civilians are killed and thirteen wounded.
1991The Madrid Conference for Middle East peace talks opens.
1987In Japan, NEC releases the first 16-bit home entertainment system, the TurboGrafx-16, known as PC Engine.
1985Space Shuttle Challenger lifts off for mission STS-61-A, its final successful mission.
1983The first democratic elections in Argentina after seven years of military rule are held.
1980El Salvador and Honduras sign a peace treaty to put the border dispute fought over in 1969's Football War before the International Court of Justice.
 
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Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime.

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

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Every ton of seawater contains approximately 1 milligram of dissolved gold.

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