What happened on this day in history and who was born? WikiLeaks was launched and Love Island winner Amber Davies was born

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THERE are plenty of important anniversaries falling in 2017 – from historical events to celebrity birthdays and classic pop culture moments.

Here’s what happened in history, and more recent memory, on October 4…

 Julian Assange launched WikiLeaks 11 years ago today

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Julian Assange launched WikiLeaks 11 years ago today

What happened in history on this day?

  • 1537: The first English language Bible is printed
  • 1883: The Orient Express heads off on its first official journey – from Paris to Istanbul
  • 1957: Russian satellite Sputnik is the first man-made object launched into space
  • 1976: British Rail launches its 125mph high speed service. The first London-Bristol service arrived three minutes early
  • 1992: An Israeli Boeing 747 cargo plane crashes in the outskirts of Amsterdam, setting two blocks of flats on fire and killing dozens of people
  • 2006: Activist Julian Assange launches WikiLeaks
 The first satellite, called Sputnik, was launched into space from Russia 60 years ago today

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The first satellite, called Sputnik, was launched into space from Russia 60 years ago today

Which famous people were born on this day?

Does your birthday fall on October 3? If so, you’re sharing with this lot:

 Clueless actress Alicia Silverstone turns 40 today

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Clueless actress Alicia Silverstone turns 40 today
  • Susan Sarandon: actress, 70 today
  • Alicia Silverstone: Clueless actress, 40 today
  • Ashley Banjo: Diversity dancer, 28 today
  • Stacey Solomon: TV presenter, 27 today
  • Dakota Johnson: Fifty Shades of Grey actress, 27 today
  • Leigh-Anne Pinnock: Little Mix singer, 25 today
  • Amber Davies: Love Island winner and reality star, 20 today
 Love Island winner Amber Davies is bidding farewell to her teenage years today

Love Island winner Amber Davies is bidding farewell to her teenage years today

Which other important anniversaries fall in 2017?

A number of special dates fall this year, although it’s impossible to list them all.

Here’s a round-up of some of the big ones still to come in 2017…

  • October 14, 2007: Keeping Up With The Kardashians debuts for the first time
  • October 16, 1987: Marks 30 years since Dirty Dancing was released
  • October 31, 1517: Theologian Martin Luther compiles his 95 Theses
  • October 31, 1887: The 125th anniversary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study In Scarlet – his first work featuring Sherlock Holmes
  • November 18, 1997: Blockbuster film Titanic was released 20 years ago (UK film premiere)
  • December 3, 1967: The first human heart transplant was carried out 50 years ago

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