October 7


The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England.


Poet-writer Edgar Allan Poe died at age 40.


The Republic of East Germany was formed.


The Motion Picture Association of America adopted its film-rating system, ranging from "G" for general audiences to "X" for adults only.


The Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked by Palestinian gunmen in the Mediterranean.


Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was beaten, robbed, and left tied to a fence. He died five days later.


U.S. and British forces launched bombing campaign against Taliban government and al-Qaeda terrorist camps in Afghanistan.


California governor Gray Davis was recalled and former bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected in his place.

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