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1850

The US Congress passes the Fugi­tive Slave Law, in a com­pro­mise which re­quires of­fi­cials in the North to help re­turn run­away slaves to their own­ers in the South.

1860

Ital­ian troops un­der Count Camillo Cavour de­feat pa­pal forces at Castelfi­dardo.

1911

Rus­sia’s 3rd Prime Min­is­ter, land re­former Py­otr Stolypin, dies, three days af­ter the 10th at­tempt on his life.

1918

Aus­tralian troops spear­head at­tack at Le Ver­guier on the Hin­den­burg Line.

1931

The Ja­panese army in Manchuria use the pre­text of an ex­plo­sion along its rail­way to oc­cupy Muk­den (Shenyang) and to in­crease its con­trol to all of Manchuria within months.

1948

A lo­cal com­mu­nist com­man­der seizes power in Ma­diun, a city in East Java, In­done­sia, as part of a re­bel­lion ef­fort against the Sukarno gov­ern­ment. The re­volt is sup­pressed in three months of blood­shed.

1961

A plane crash in Africa kills UN sec­re­tary-gen­eral Dag Ham­marskjold, as he tries to ar­range a cease­fire in the Re­pub­lic of the Congo.

1970

US rock star Jimi Hen­drix (above) dies aged 27 in Lon­don af­ter over­dos­ing on sleep­ing pills.

1975 2008

Af­ter a 19-month search, Patty Hearst is ar­rested at San Fran­cisco. Cen­tral banks world­wide, led by the US Fed­eral Re­serve, agree to pump $US180 bil­lion in short-term fund­ing into money mar­kets frozen by the Wall Street melt­down.

2008

Britt Lapthorne, 21, of Mel­bourne, van­ishes af­ter leav­ing friends at a night­club in Dubrovnik, Croa­tia. Her body is found in a cove near the town, on Oc­to­ber 6.

1970

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