Oct. 16, 1964: China becomes the fifth nation to successfully test an atomic bomb.
Oct. 16, 2002: North Korea acknowledges that it is developing a nuclear weapons program in defiance of international agreements. Four years later to the day, the North Koreans detonate their first nuclear weapon.
Oct. 16, 2004: Japan's Supreme Court orders the Japanese government to pay 71.5 million yen — about $703,000 — to the victims of Minimata disease. Tons of factory-waste mercury had been dumped into Minimata Bay (at right), causing nervous system disorders and brain damage in local residents. At the close of the 22-year legal effort to establish liability for the health problems, the Japanese environment minister bowed in apology to the victims.
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