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OC­TO­BER 29, 1964

The “Jewel Heist of the Cen­tury” saw the Star of In­dia, the Ea­gle Di­a­mond and the De­Long Ruby stolen from the Amer­i­can Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory in New York.

A gang led by for­mer surf­ing cham­pion “Murph the Surf” found the mu­seum’s bur­glar alarm was non-op­er­a­tional, a win­dow was left open for ven­ti­la­tion and the bat­ter­ies in the dis­play case alarms were flat.

OC­TO­BER 31, 1973

Three IRA men es­caped from Moun­tjoy Prison in Dublin aboard a hi­jacked he­li­copter.

The pi­lot thought he was par­tic­i­pat­ing in an aerial pho­to­shoot un­til he was or­dered, at gun­point, to land in the jail’s ex­er­cise yard.

OC­TO­BER 31 1984

In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Indira Gandhi was as­sas­si­nated by two of her body­guards.

The men, both Sikhs, shot her in re­tal­i­a­tion for her or­der­ing the storm­ing of the Golden Tem­ple in Am­rit­sar, and Gandhi’s death re­sulted in 3000 be­ing killed in anti-Sikh ri­ots.

NOVEM­BER 2, 1947

The Spruce Goose, Howard Hughes’ huge fly­ing boat, made its first and only flight.

The plane, ac­tu­ally con­structed mostly from wood, flew for a mile just 70 feet above the wa­ter with Hughes at the con­trols.

NOVEM­BER 2, 1975

The Queen for­mally opened the UK’s first oil pipe­line as North Sea oil be­gan to flow.

The pipe­line, serv­ing the For­ties oil­field, ran 130 miles from Cru­den Bay to the re­fin­ery at Grange­mouth, and the Queen started the flow by push­ing a gold-plated but­ton at BP’s con­trol cen­tre in Dyce, near Aberdeen.

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