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October 3 2008

October 3, 1906 the international distress signal was adopted by SOS. He replaced the call CQD, which was the first signal of the emergency at sea. CQD signal was approved January 7, 1904 "Circular number 57» «Marconi International Marine Communication Company», and intended for ships equipped with its radios. It was a signal to the general call of all stations CQ (- · - · - - · -), which added the letter D (- · ·). The letter chosen because it begins with the English word «danger» (danger). Sailors quickly to letters CQD picked up the phrase «Come Quick, Danger» («Go faster!" Jeopardy! ")

SOS replaced CQD. This is an international distress signal in radio-communication is a sequence of three dots, three dashes, three dots, passed without a pause between letters (· · - - - · +).

Contrary to popular belief, SOS is not an acronym. It's just a randomly chosen sequence, easy to store and easily recognizable by ear. Phrases that are often associated with this signal, such as "Save Our Ship" (save our ship) or "Save Our Souls", "Save Our Spirits" (save our souls), or "Swim Or Sink" (swim or drown ) or even "Stop Other Signals" (stop other signals) appeared after the adoption of the signal.

From 1 st February 1999 as all ships must be used to send distress signals a better system - GMDSS. In this connection, the signal «SOS» decreased, although it may still apply.

October 3, 1952 at the north-west coast of Australia, near the Monte Bello Islands, United Kingdom conducted its first test of an atomic bomb. The operation was code named "Hurricane", a bomb was placed aboard the frigate Plym.

October 3, 1995 record was set in movement speed on a bike. The highest rate in the history of cycling = 268.831 km / h shown on the protected from the wind track at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA, Fred Rompelberg athlete from the Netherlands. In achieving this he greatly helped the zone of low pressure formed over the safety car was moving ahead.

October 3, 2003 Tibetans held their first competition of beauty: he dared to appear only 1 girl. All that year the contest organizers have received only 10 applications from contestants, but eventually to participate in the contest decided only one of them - 20-year-old Tsering Kyi. It was officially named "Miss Tibet" and were awarded 2,000 U.S. dollars.

October 3, 2003 in Dublin opened a giant moving statue wave. Sculpture height 35.3 m can vary in diameter up to 6 meters in the wind, and yet returns to its original position due to 9-tonnomu counterweight built into the design.

Release prepared by Max K * - based on encyclopedias and other public sources.

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