OCTOBER 1, 1957
A vaccination against the Asian flu pandemic that killed 100,000 across the world was made available in the UK.
It slowed the fatality rate, but more than 4,000 Britons died.
OCTOBER 2, 1968
With CIA support, the Mexican Government crushed student riots that threatened the Mexico City Olympics.
A cover-up after a 90-minute gun battle means no one knows how many were killed, but it’s thought 300 bodies were removed overnight in lorries.
OCTOBER 2 2002
The Beltway Sniper Attacks began in Washington DC, with 10 killed and three wounded over three weeks.
Joan Allen Muhammad, 41, and Lee Boyd Malvo,17, often picked off their victims while they were filling their cars at petrol stations.
OCTOBER 3, 1995
Former American football star O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murder of his estranged wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Despite overwhelming forensic evidence and Simpson’s lack of an alibi, his “dream team” of defence lawyers convinced jurors his guilt could not be proven beyond reasonable doubt.
OCTOBER 5, 1936
The Jarrow March set off for London to protest against unemployment and poverty in Tyneside.
Around 200 men carried a petition calling for the re-establishment of industry in Jarrow after its shipyard closed.
It was received by the Commons but not debated, and the men returned home believing they’d failed.