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October 09, 1974

Oskar Schindler Dies

German businessman Oskar Schindler, credited with saving 1,200 Jews from the Holocaust, dies at the age of 66. A member of the Nazi party, he ran an enamel works factory in Kraków, Poland, employing workers from the nearby Jewish ghetto. When the ghetto was liquidated, he persuaded Nazi officials to...

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October 09, 1000

Erikson Discovers North America

Nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus discovered North America, another great European explorer, Leif Erikson, discovered it around the year 1000, and is widely considered the first European to set foot on North America. Today, the United States celebrates, albeit quietly, 9 October as Leif E...

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October 09, 1604

Kepler's Nova Is First sighted

On this day in 1604, Kepler’s Supernova was first sighted in the Milky Way, the last supernova to have been unquestionably sighted in our galaxy to this day. A supernova is a star that suddenly burns very brightly due to a catastrophic explosion in which it ejects most of its mass. Also c...

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