Today in History: 5 October


Some of the historical events that took place on October 5th, which made headlines in the past five years:

2014 Hewlett-Packard (HP) plans to split into two companies: HP Enterprise, focused on enterprise products and services, and HP Inc., focused on printing and personal computing; the move will be completed in 2015.

2014 The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Edvard Moser, May-Britt Moser and John O'Keefe, neuroscientists who discovered the brain cells responsible for positioning and navigating memory.

2013  Sydney, Australia welcomes Harry, the Prince of Wales, who has come to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Australian Navy.

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2013  The 350,000 workers furloughed since the recent government shutdown return to work at the Department of Defense.

2012  In the U.S., five people have died from fungal meningitis, and 47 are infected; all contracted fungal meningitis from contaminated medicine.

2012  After a strike over working conditions, the world's biggest platinum producer, Anglo Platinum Limited, fires 12,000 people in South Africa.

2011  American innovator, businessman, co-founder and longtime CEO of Apple Inc., dies of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.

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2011  Off the coast of Tauranga, New Zealand, the MV Rena container ship runs aground, causing a large oil spill and affecting wildlife in the Bay of Plenty.

2010  A new, though threatened, language known as Koro, is discovered by a team of linguists on an expedition to Arunachal Pradesh, in northeastern India.



Compiled by Lerato Sebe