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OC­TO­BER 8, 1978

Aus­tralian Ken Warby set the world wa­ter speed record of 317.6 mph at Blow­er­ing Dam, Aus­tralia, with his boat Spirit Of Aus­tralia.

He built the craft in his back gar­den from bits of an old military jet en­gine, fi­bre­glass and wood. The record still stands.

OC­TO­BER 8, 2003

The Ter­mi­na­tor took on Cal­i­for­nia when movie star Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger was elected gover­nor.

He won a de­ci­sive vic­tory with 48.7% sup­port, oust­ing Gray Davis.

OC­TO­BER 10, 1981

The guil­lo­tine is a bloody sym­bol of the French Rev­o­lu­tion and was used to ex­e­cute thou­sands, but France abol­ished cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment on this day.

The last per­son to (lit­er­ally) lose their head was Hamida Djan­doubi, who was put to death in Septem­ber 1977.

OC­TO­BER 10, 1957

The world’s first ma­jor nu­clear ac­ci­dent, and the worst in UK his­tory, oc­curred when a fire broke out at the Wind­scale fa­cil­ity in Cum­bria.

The fire burned for three days and spread ra­dioac­tive contamination across the UK and Europe.

No one was evac­u­ated. In fact, many didn’t even know about it at the time.

OC­TO­BER 12, 1979

The first book in Dou­glas Adams’ com­edy sci-fi se­ries, The Hitch­hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, hit the shelves.

Hav­ing started life as a com­edy broad­cast on BBC Ra­dio 4 in 1978, it spawned a uni­verse of books, games and films.

The book has sold more than 14 mil­lion copies.

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