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October 18th, 2007EventAfter 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returns to her homeland Pakistan. The same night, suicide attackers blow themselves up near Bhutto s convoy, killing over 100 in the cheering crowd, including 20 police officers. Bhutto escaped uninjured.
October 18th, 2003EventBolivian Gas War: President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, is forced to resign and leave Bolivia.
October 18th, 1991EventAzerbaijan declares independence from USSR.
October 18th, 1989EventEast German leader Erich Honecker resigns.
October 18th, 1977EventGerman Autumn: a set of events revolving around the kidnapping of Hanns-Martin Schleyer and the hijacking of a Lufthansa flight by the Red Army Faction (RAF) comes to an end when Schleyer is executed and various RAF members allegedly commit suicide. The West German government states that it would never again negotiate with terrorists.
October 18th, 1968EventThe U.S. Olympic Committee suspends two black athletes for giving a "black power" salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.
October 18th, 1968EventBob Beamon sets a world record of 8.90m in the long jump at the Mexico City games. This becomes the longest unbroken track and field record in history, standing for 23 years, and is later named by Sports Illustrated magazine as one of the five greatest sporting moments of the 20th century.
October 18th, 1967EventThe Soviet probe Venera 4 reaches Venus and becomes the first spacecraft to measure the atmosphere of another planet.
October 18th, 1964EventThe 1964-1965 New York World s Fair closes for its first season after a six-month run.
October 18th, 1954EventTexas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio.

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