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First Blockbuster store opens

October 2017

On Oct. 13, 1967, the Anaheim Amigos lose to the Oakland Oaks, 134-129, in the inaugural game of the American Basketball Association. The ABA offered a looser atmosphere than the stodgy NBA. Its cheerleaders wore bikinis, and trash-talking and fights on the court were common.

On Oct. 14, 1994, writer-director Quentin Tarantino's crime drama "Pulp Fiction" opens in theaters. Made for less than $10 million, "Pulp Fiction" earned more than $100 million at the box office and received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.

On Oct. 15, 2004, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rules that hearse manufacturers no longer have to install anchors for child-safety seats in their vehicles. A "funeral coach" manufacturer had petitioned for an exemption, stating that, "Children do not ride in the front seat."

On Oct. 16, 1773, the first public statement against the British Parliament's Tea Act, a document known as the "Philadelphia Resolutions," urges all Americans to oppose the British tax. Two months later, a group of colonists disguised as Mohawks boarded three British tea ships and dumped 342 chests of tea into the harbor.

On Oct. 17, 1906, Wilhelm Voigt, a 57-year-old German shoemaker, impersonates an army officer and leads an entire squad of soldiers to help him steal 4,000 marks from the mayor's office. Voigt humiliated the German army by exploiting their blind obedience to authority. The Kaiser thought the story was funny.

On Oct. 18, 1968, John Lennon and Yoko Ono are arrested for drug possession in London. Days earlier, an announcement that Ono was pregnant created a scandal because both were married to other people.

On Oct. 19, 1985, the first Blockbuster video-rental store opens, in Dallas. The store had 8,000 tapes displayed on shelves and a computerized checkout process. At it's peak in 2004, Blockbuster had 9,094 stores.


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