By Damon Mitchell • 08 October 2020 • 8:56
CAN you remember these iconic events from this week in history from around the world that changed the world as we know it?
1066 – Battle
King Harold II of England is defeated by William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings. At the end of the battle, Harold was killed, shot in the eye with an arrow and his forces were destroyed.
1810 – Beer
Bavarian Crown Prince Louis marries Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The newlyweds invited the citizens of Munich to attend the festivities which gave rise to the annual Oktoberfest. Alcohol is an important part of the festival, and more than 1 million gallons of beer are consumed annually.
1957 – Sin
Jerry Lee Lewis records ‘Great Balls of Fire’ in Memphis amidst a losing battle with his conscience and the legendary Sam Phillips that the song was too sinful to record. Lewis’s signature piano-pounding style and electric stage presence made him a star.
1967 – Che
Revolutionary leader Che Guevara is killed by the Bolivian army. Bolivian forces captured Guevara while battling his guerillas and executed him the following day. His hands were cut off as proof of death and his body was buried in an unmarked grave.
1971 – Dreamer
John Lennon’s ‘Imagine,’ one of the most influential songs of the 20 century, is released. The song’s idealistic, utopian lyrics were heavily influenced by Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono.
2004 – Superman
Christopher Reeve, famous for his starring role in four Superman films, dies from heart failure at the age of 52 at a hospital in New York. Reeve had previously been paralyzed in a horse-riding accident.
2010 – Survivors
The last of 33 miners trapped nearly half a mile underground for more than two months at a caved-in mine in northern Chile are rescued. The miners survived longer than anyone else trapped underground in recorded history.
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