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THE TRAVELING LIFE

October 7 in history:

The Royal Dutch airline KLM was founded on October 7th, 1919.  It’s said to be the oldest airline in the world still operating under its original name.

Air France was founded on the same date in 1933, when five existing airlines merged into one.

October 7th was the day NASA established Project Mercury in 1958.  The goal of the Mercury program was to have a man orbit the earth. That goal was achieved in 1962, when John Glenn flew aboard Friendship 7.

A cruise ship called the Achille Lauro was hijacked by four Palestinian terrorists during a trip on the Mediterranean on October 7th, 1985.  About 400 people aboard were held hostage, and an American passenger was shot and killed and pushed overboard in his wheelchair. Two days later, the hijackers released the hostages and surrendered to the Egyptian government, but they were soon arrested after American fighter jets intercepted the plane they were flying to Tunisia.

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