18 October 2008

Notable Events from 9 October

768 Carloman I and Charlemagne crowned Kings of The Franks. Charlemagne later became king of the Holy Roman Empire, a multinational feudal state in Central Europe, considered by some as a precursor of the European Union.

1003 Leif Erikson - or, rather Leifr Eiríksson in Old Norse - lands in Canada, becoming the first known European to reach North America. Leif Erikson Day is celebrated in Norway, Iceland, and the United States. (Read the presidential proclamation for 2008 by George Dubya Bush).

1604 Supernova 1604, also known as SN 1604, or Kepler's Star, was first observed. This is the most recent supernova in the Milky Way.

1776 Spanish missionaries settled in present-day San Francisco, California. They built a fort at the Golden Gate Strait and a mission named after Francis of Assisi, founder of the Order of the Franciscans.

1986 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera is first performed in London. It is based on the novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra by Frenchman Gaston Leroux. The musical's premier took place 6 years after the title track appeared in the debut album by you know who

2006 Google Inc. acquires YouTube Inc. for $1.65 bln in a stock deal, strengthening the Google Empire.

2008 NASA publishes the first high-resolution images of the planet Mercury taken 3 days ago by the MESSENGER spacecraft (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) from a mere 200 km.


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