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1 October 1880

Thomas Edison opens the first electric lamp factory.

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    30 September 1949

    The Berlin Airlift comes to an end.

    The Berlin Airlift has been succeeding in delivering more cargo and after fifteen months, it has officially ended on the 30th of September 1949. A total of 2,326,406 tons has been delivered which comprised of 1,783,573 tons delivered in the USA as well as 541,937 RAF tons and 278,228 tons of coals. 7,968 tons of freight and 6,964 passengers during 2,062 sorties was also delivered by the Royal Australian Air Force. Over 92 million miles flew together the C-47s and C-54s . Every thirty seconds, one plane reached West Berlin and pilots even came from different countries to support this operation.

    As a result of the operation, a total of 101 aircraft fatalities were recorded which includes 40 Britons and 31 Americans. The cases were mostly…

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    29 September 1864

    The Battle of Chaffin’s Farm takes place during the American Civil War

    The Battle of Chaffin’s Farm and New Market Heights, also known as Laurel Hill and combats at Forts Harrison, Johnson, and Gilmer, was fought in Virginia on September 29–30, 1864, as part of the Siege of Petersburg in the American Civil War. From the very beginning of the war, Confederate engineers and slave laborers constructed permanent defenses around Richmond. By 1864, they had created a system anchored south of the capital on the James River at Chaffin’s Farm, a large open area at Chaffin’s Bluff, both named for a local landowner. This outer line was supported by an intermediate and inner system of fortifications much closer to the capital. In July and August 1864, these lines were tested by Union Lt. Gen….

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    28 September 1919

    Race riots start in Omaha, Nebraska.

    A race riot occurred in Omaha, Nebraska on September 28, 1919. Three weeks before the riot started, federal investigators had noted that there had been a clash between white and black workers in the local stockyards. It then resulted in the lynching of a black worker, Will Brown; the death of two white men; as well as the attempted hanging of Mayor, Ed Smith; and a public riot thousands of whites who set fire to the Douglas County Courthouse in downtown Omaha. It was then followed by more than 20 race riots in major cities around United States during the Red Summer of 1919.

    The Omaha Riot was severely condemned throughout the country. The arrest and prosecution of the riot mob leaders was widely called…

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    27 September 2007

    The Dawn probe is launched by NASA.

    The Dawn space probe was launched by NASA on 27 September 2007 and is controlled by its Jet Propulsion laboratory of the California Institute of Technology. Its mission was to primarily study two protoplanets in the asteroid belt called, Vesta and Ceres. Dawn is currently orbiting around Ceres after arriving there in March 2015. Prior to that it spent 14 months from July 2011 orbiting Vesta. It will remain in orbit around Ceres until the conclusion of its mission, probably sometime in 2017. The primary mission aim is to address is the role that water might have had in determining the evolution of the planets. Both of these dwarf plants are very icy.

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Born on this day

October 1, 2016
1910 Bonny Parker
1920 Walter Matthau
1936 Duncan Edwards
1927 Sandy Gall
1935 Dame Julie Andrews
1936 Stella Stevens
1950 Randy Quaid
1964 Harry Hill
1974 Keith Duffy

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