On This Day In History, 7 October

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World Events Today

  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the oldest airline in the world still operating under its original name, was founded today in 1919
  • Following the September 11 attacks, the United States invasion of Afghanistan started today in 2001
  • The audio streaming platform Spotify was launched today in 2008

Entertainment Events Today

  • The romantic comedy movie Pillow Talk, starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day, was released today in 1959, it was nominated for 5 Academy Awards
  • The musical Cats, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, debuted on Broadway today in 1982, it ran for almost 18 years before closing in September 2000
  • The English actress Jodie Whittaker made her debut as Doctor Who today in 2018, she was the 13th and first ever female Doctor Who

Family Events Today

  • The Australian broadcaster Clive James, who lived and worked in the United Kingdom from 1962 until his death, was born today in 1939 in New South Wales
  • The English television personality Simon Cowell, judge on many television shows including Pop Idol and The X Factor, was born today in 1959 in London
  • Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist, was born today in 1931 in Klerksdorp

Main Event Today

  • The Soviet Union space probe Luna 3 took the first photographs of the far side of the moon today in 1959

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Frappe Day

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