October 29 - November 4, 2017 (week 44) infographic
Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.
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On this day October 29-November 4, 2017

By Fiona Roberts

October 29, 2017 - November 4, 2017 - Graphics show birthdays and anniversaries on each day for the week.This week features the first U.S. hydrogen bomb, the 2016 baseball World Series, the first ever space traveller, the end of China’s one-child policy, Orson Welles’ The War of the Worlds, and the inflatable rubber bicycle tyre.

October 29,2015: China ended its controversial one-child policy after 35 years, allowing married couples to have two children as a way to offset the country’s ageing workforce

October 30, 1938: Orson Welles’ radio play The War of the Worlds caused mass panic when millions of Americans mistakenly believed that Martians had invaded the Earth

October 31, 1888: Scotsman John Boyd Dunlop patented his pneumatic (inflatable) rubber bicycle tyre, conceived to give his son a smoother ride over bumpy cobbled streets

November 1, 1952: The U.S. detonated the first hydrogen bomb at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The blast was 500 times more powerful than the bomb exploded at Nagasaki

November 2, 2016: The Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians to win the 2016 baseball World Series, ending a 108-year title drought, the longest in World Series history

November 3, 1957: A Russian dog named Laika became the first ever space traveller when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik II, the second spacecraft to enter Earth orbit

November 4, 1862: The first rapid-fire machine gun, the forerunner of the modern machine gun, was patented by U.S. inventor Richard Jordan Gatling. It was named after him

PUBLISHED:16/10/2017; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Newscom, Getty, Associated Press
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