October 17, 2021

October 14 is the 287th day of the year (288th day in a leap year) in the Gregorian calendar. This is followed by 78 days until the end of the year.


General 1913 - At Senghenydd near Caerphilly, 439 people die in a mining disaster. It is the largest mining disaster in UK history and the seventh largest ever worldwide. 1957 - In Valencia, Spain, the Turia River overflows, severely affecting the city's old center. More than 400 people lost their lives as a result of this disaster. 1991 Kambarage Kaunda, the son of Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, is sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of a 20-year-old woman. 1992 - The Hague Academy of International Law receives the 1992 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize, an important award from UNESCO, the UN organization for education, science and culture. 2010 - In Chile, the 33 miners trapped underground on August 5 in the Copiapó mining accident are all rescued in just over 22 hours. 2011 - About 60 staff members of a prison in the state of Carabobo, Venezuela are taken hostage by a group of inmates. 2019 - The police raid a farm in Ruinerwold in Drenthe and find a family that has lived in a closed area of ​​the farm for nine years. The family, consisting of six people between the ages of 18 and 25 and their father, would live there because of the 'end of times'. 2021 - A fire at a shopping and residential complex in the Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung leaves dozens dead and injured. Infrastructure 1977 - Opening of the Amsterdam Metro line 53 (Gaasperplas line) and Metro line 54 (Gein line). Economy 2012 - South African police arrest 72 miners from a gold mine who started a sit-in two days earlier at the Westonaria Police Station, about 45 kilometers west of Johannesburg. Art and culture 1992 - The Seville World's Fair makes a profit of 7.6 billion pesetas, more than a hundred million guilders. 2021 - The documentary series The Children of Ruinerwold by documentary maker Jessica Villerius wins the Golden Televizier Ring 2021. It is the first documentary to win the audience award. War 1066 - William the Conqueror defeats the last Anglo-Saxon king Harold II at the Battle of Hastings. 1943 - Inmates revolt in the Sobibór extermination camp. 1944 - The bombing of Zutphen kills more than 100 civilians and injures hundreds. 1989 - Led by Zairean President Mobutu Sese Seko, a special round of negotiations on the civil war in Angola begins in Monte Carlo, with representatives of the government in Luanda, the resistance group UNITA, the United States and South Africa. 2017 - A truckload of explosives explodes at an intersection in the center of the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing more than 300 people. Politics 1966 - Schmelzer's Night causes the Cals cabinet to fall. 1966 - The Dutch political party D66 is founded. 1973 - Army deployed against student demonstration in Thailand: 1,577 killed. King Bhumibol expels military junta. 1990 - In federal elections in Germany, Chancellor Helmut Kohl's CDU is victorious in four of the five former federal states of the GDR. 1991 - About 100 people are killed in religious riots between Muslims and Christians in the Nigerian city of Kano. 1994 - The Azerbaijan parliament ratifies the arrest warrant for Prime Minister Suret Huseynov. The prime minister is wanted for "high treason" in connection with his alleged involvement in an attempted coup. 2010 - Installation of the Rutte I cabinet in the Netherlands. 2012 - Municipal, district and provincial council elections are held in Belgium. Recreation 1999 - The Dutch History Foundation is established, between the municipality of The Hague and the Efteling,

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