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October 01
Jimmy Carter

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Jimmy Carter

president of United States

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Mao Zedong

FEATURED EVENT

1949

People's Republic of China established

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Las Vegas: the Strip
2017: From his hotel room in Las Vegas, 64-year-old gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on a music festival, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds before taking his own life; it surpassed the Orlando shooting (2016) as the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
2013: American novelist Tom Clancy, who created the techno-thriller—a suspenseful novel that relies on extensive knowledge of military technology and espionage—died at age 66. [Test your knowledge of famous authors.]
Palau
1994: The Republic of Palau officially became a sovereign state. [Sort fact from fiction in our quiz about islands of the world.]
1982: Congress established the U.S. Claims Court (now the U.S. Court of Federal Claims) to handle cases in which the United States is a defendant. [Take our quiz about U.S. facts.]

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Jimmy Carter

president of United States

1935

Julie Andrews

British actress and singer

1930

Richard Harris

Irish actor

1928

Sivaji Ganesan

Indian actor

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