Today in History: 19 October


1912 - Tripoli ceases to be under Turkish control after peace reached between Italy and Turkey.

1935 - The League of Nations imposed sanctions against Italy following its invasion of Ethiopia.

1978 - Rhodesian troops attacked suspected guerrilla camps in neighbouring Zambia, killing 300 people.

1986 - President Samora Machel of Mozambique and 30 of his staff were killed in a plane crash near the South African border.

1987 - Wall Street stocks plunged a record 508 points or 22.6 per cent on "Black Monday".

1989 - Guildford Four released after 15 years in jail when they were wrongly accused of carrying out IRA bombings.

2001 - At least 350 people were killed when an overcrowded boat, on its way to Australia from Lampung in Sumatra carrying mostly Iraqi asylum seekers, sank near Java.

2003 - Pope John Paul beatified Mother Teresa before a crowd of 300,000, calling her an icon of charity.

2004 - Khin Nyunt was sacked as prime minister of military-ruled Myanmar amid allegations of corruption and placed under house arrest.

2005 - Ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein went on trial on charges of crimes against humanity.

2012 - Speed skater Valerie Maltais of Canada sets new world record in ladies 1000m event.

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