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This Happened — September 26: Oktoberfest Terrorist Attack

On this day in 1980, the Oktoberfest terrorist attack happened in Munich.

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What was the Oktoberfest terrorist attack?

The Oktoberfest terror attack was a deadly bombing that occurred during the opening ceremony of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, Germany. The attack was carried out by Gundolf Köhler, a German far-right extremist. He planted a bomb in a trash can near the main entrance of the festival grounds. His motive was believed to be driven by his extremist ideology and opposition to the government's immigration policies and perceived leftist influences.

How many people were killed and injured in the Oktoberfest attack?

The attack killed 13 people, including Köhler himself, and injured more than 200 others. Many of the injured suffered severe burns and shrapnel wounds due to the force of the explosion.

What impact did the attack have on Germany?

The attack highlighted the presence of right-wing extremism in West Germany and raised concerns about the potential threat posed by such groups. It also led to increased scrutiny of security measures and efforts to counter domestic terrorism. Memorials and commemorations are held to honor the victims and raise awareness about the dangers of extremism.

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Seven Wacky (And Boozy) Races Around The World

Alcohol, food, costumes and ... wife carrying? Around the world, people have imbued weirdness and fun into the very serious sporting events that are marathons and races. Follow us in exploring the silliest ones out there.

Photograph of runners dressed up in carnival costumes during the Cape Wine Marathon​. They are running next to vineyards on a hill.

Runners dressed up in carnival costumes during the Cape Wine Marathon

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Valeria Berghinz

Long distance running is an athletic feat that many associate with months of hard training, muscle strains and unbelievable breath control work. Running a marathon is no joke — except when it is.

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Around the world, lovers of athleticism have found ways to turn the sport of racing into a fun, and often outright weird, event. Sometimes it's about costumes, other times its about putting a twist on cultural traditions, and a lot of the time it's about alcohol.

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