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1928 – Sir Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin. 1939 – Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agree on a division of Poland after their invasion during World War II. 1939 – Warsaw surrenders to Nazi Germany during World War II. 1941 – The Drama Uprising against the Bulgarian occupation in northern Greece begins. 1944 – Soviet Army troops liberate Klooga concentration camp in Klooga, Estonia. 1948 – United Nations Security Council Resolution 58 relating to International Court of Justice is adopted. 1950 – Indonesia joins the United Nations. 1951 – CBS makes the first color televisions available for sale to the general public, but the product is discontinued less than a month later. 1958 – France ratifies a new Constitution of France; the French Fifth Republic is then formed upon the formal adoption of the new constitution on October 4. Guinea rejects the new constitution, voting for independence instead. 1960 – Mali and Senegal join the United Nations. 1961 – A military coup in Damascus effectively ends the United Arab Republic, the union between Egypt and Syria. 1970 – Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser dies of a heart attack in Cairo. Anwar Sadat is named as Nasser's temporary successor, and will later become the permanent successor. 1971 – The Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 banning the medicinal use of cannabis. 1972 – Paul Henderson scores the series-winning goal for Canada in the final minute of the final game of the ice hockey Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union. 1973 – The ITT Building in New York City is bombed in protest at ITT's alleged involvement in the September 11, 1973 coup d'état in Chile. 1975 – The Spaghetti House siege, in which nine people are taken hostage, takes place in London. 1986 – The Democratic Progressive Party was established under the Martial law in Taiwan, becomes the first opposition party in Taiwan. 1991 – All US Air Force Minuteman II ICBM's plus certain bomber and tanker aircraft are taken off of standing alert by the US Secretary of Defense. 1992 – A Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A300 crashes in a hill in Kathmandu, Nepal killing all 167 passengers and crew. 1994 – The cruise ferry MS Estonia sinks in Baltic Sea, killing 852 people. 1995 – Bob Denard and a group of mercenaries take the islands of Comoros in a coup. 1995 – Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat sign the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. 1996 – Former president of Afghanistan Mohammad Najibullah is tortured and brutally murdered by the Taliban. 2000 – Al-Aqsa Intifada: Ariel Sharon visits Al-Aqsa Mosque known to Jews as the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. 2008 – SpaceX launches the first private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit. 2009 – The military junta leading Guinea, headed by Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, raped, killed, and wounded protesters during a protest rally in a stadium called Stade du 28 Septembre. 2012 – Somali and African Union forces launch a coordinated assault on the Somali port city of Kismayo to take back the city from al-Shabaab militants. 2012 – A Dornier Do 228 light aircraft crashes on the outskirts of the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, killing 19 people. 2014 – Hong Kong protests: Benny Tai announces that Occupy Central is launched as Hong Kong's government headquarters is being occupied by thousands of protesters. Hong Kong police resort to tear gas to disperse protesters but thousands remain.