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331 BC - Alexander the Great defeated Darius III of Persia
in the Battle of Gaugamela, bringing about the fall of the
1843 - London's The News of the World began publication.
1880 - John Philip Sousa, the first recorded popular music
star, became the leader of the United States Marine Band.
1880 - First electric lamp factory was opened by Thomas Edison.
1890 - Yosemite National Park was established by the
1891 - Stanford University opened.
1908 - For $825 each, Ford's Model T car was put on the market.
1918 - Arab forces under T. E. Lawrence, also known as "Lawrence
of Arabia", captured Damascus.
1940 - The Pennsylvania Turnpike opened to traffic. It is
considered the first US superhighway.
1948 - Over Fargo, North Dakota, WW II pilot George F. Gorman
reported 'playing chicken" with a blinking orb of light
UFO. It was visually seen by people in the control tower,
but did not show up on radar.
1949 - The People's Republic of China was established and
declared by Mao Zedong.
1955 - The Honeymooners premiered on CBS
1957 - First appearance of In God We Trust on U.S.
paper currency, on one dollar bills.
1958 - The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)
became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
1962 - First broadcast of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny
1971 - Walt Disney World opened near Orlando, Florida.
1979 - Pope John Paul II began his first pastoral visit to
the United States.
1989 - Denmark introduced the world's first legal modern same-sex
civil union, called a "registered partnership".
1992 - Cartoon Network began broadcasting. The first cartoon,
outside of Droopy Dog's introduction, was Bugs Bunny in Rhapsody
1996 - Animal Planet made its debut.
1982 - Epcot opened at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida.
1982 - Sony launched the first consumer compact disc player
1999 - The infamous "You Fool" episode of Hollywood
2006 - Dexter premiered on Showtime
2010 - Sony launched Sony Movie Channel
2013 - The United States federal government shutdown of 2013
(October 1-16) affected many operations for the US government
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1187 - Saladin captured Jerusalem from Balian of Ibelin.
1893 - Cheniere Caminada Hurricane, Louisiana
1925 - John Logie Baird performed the first test of a working
1950 - Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz was first published.
1955 - Alfred Hitchcock premiered on CBS
1958 - The Huckleberry Hound Show premiered, in syndication
1959 - The anthology series The Twilight Zone premiered
1967 - Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African-American
justice of United States Supreme Court.
1968 - The Tlatelolco massacre took place in Mexico City.
30-300 student protesters and supporters were killed.
2000 - Triple Play (3 cars) was played for the first time
on The Price is Right.
2002 - The Beltway sniper attacks began. Paul LaRuffa, a 55-year-old
pizzeria owner, was shot six times at close range - he survived,
but 17 other people did not.
2006 - Five school girls were murdered by Charles Carl Roberts
in a shooting at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania
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1849 - Edgar Allan Poe was found delirious in a gutter in
Baltimore under mysterious circumstances. It was the last
time he is seen in public before his death.
1863 - The last Thursday in November was declared as Thanksgiving
Day by US President Abraham Lincoln.
1872 - The Bloomingdale brothers opened their first store
at 938 Third Avenue, in New York City.
1932 - Iraq gained independence from the United Kingdom.
1949 - WERD, the first black-owned radio station in the United
States, opened in Atlanta. WERD was at 860 AM, and is now
1952 - The United Kingdom successfully tested a nuclear weapon,
becoming the world's third nuclear power.
1955 - Captain Kangaroo premiered on CBS
1955 - The Mickey Mouse Club premiered on ABC
1957 - The California State Superior Court ruled that Allen
Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems was not obscene.
1960 - The Andy Griffith Show premiered on CBS
1961 - The Dick Van Dyke Show premiered on CBS
1985 - The Space Shuttle Atlantis made its first flight.
1988 - Turner Network Television (TNT) began on cable, with
Gone With The Wind.
1992- Singer Sinead O'Conner stirred up controversy when she
ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night
1995 - More than 150 million people tuned in for the announcement
of the verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial. The not guilty verdict
was met with both praise and criticism.
2004 - Desperate Housewives premiered on ABC
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1535 - The first complete English-language Bible (The Coverdale
Bible) was printed, translated by William Tyndale and
1636 - The Swedish Army defeated the armies of Saxony and
the Holy Roman Empire at the Battle of Wittstock.
1876 - Texas A&M University opened as the Agricultural
and Mechanical College of Texas.
1883 - First run of the Orient Express, from Paris, to Giurgiu
in Romania via Munich and Vienna.
1895 - The first U.S. Open Men's Golf Championship was played
at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island.
1941 - Norman Rockwell's Willie Gillis character debuted on
the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.
1957 - The USSR launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite
to orbit the Earth.
1963 - Hurricane Flora killed 6,000 people in Cuba and Haiti.
1965 - Pope Paul VI's visit to New York got television coverage
on all 3 American networks. The Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium
was broadcast in color.
1980 - Heathcliff premiered on ABC Saturday morning.
1983 - Richard Noble set a new land speed record of 633.468
miles per hour, driving Thrust2 at the Black Rock Desert
1985 - The Free Software Foundation was founded in
Massachusetts, United States.
1988 - Televangelist Jim Bakker was indicted for fraud.
1990 - Beverly Hills 90210 premiered on FOX
2004 - SpaceShipOne won the Ansari X Prize, for private
spaceflight, by being the first private craft to fly into
2006 - Wikileaks was launched by Julian Assange.
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1550 - Foundation of Concepción, Chile.
1857 - The City of Anaheim, California was founded.
1944 - Suffrage was extended to women in France.
1945 - Hollywood Black Friday - A six-month strike
by Hollywood set decorators turns into a bloody riot at the
gates of Warner Brothers' studios.
1947 - The first televised White House address was given by
US President Harry S. Truman.
1950 - You Bet Your Life, featuring Groucho Marx, premiered
1962 - Dr. No, the first in the James Bond film series,
1962 - The Beatles' first single, Love Me Do backed
with P.S. I Love You, is released in the United Kingdom.
1966 There was a partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi
demonstration nuclear breeder reactor, near Detroit, Michigan.
1969 - The first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus
aired on BBC One. It ran 45 episodes, until 1974.
1970 - The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) began broadcasting
and National Educational Television (NET) closed.
1982 - Johnson & Johnson began a nationwide product recall
in the US for all products in its Tylenol brand after several
bottles in Chicago were found to have been laced with cyanide,
resulting in seven deaths.
1984 - Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space, flying
aboard the US Space Shuttle Challenger.
1991 - The first official version of the Linux kernel (version
0.02) was released.
2001 - Barry Bonds surpassed Mark McGwire's single-season
home run total with the 71st and 72nd home runs.
2011 - American Horror Story premiered on FX
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1723- Benjamin Franklin arrived in Philadelphia (age of 17).
1876 - The American Library Association was founded.
1927 - Opening of The Jazz Singer with its Vitaphone
sound-on-disc system, in New York City. It was the first "talkie"
1948 (Earthquake) Ashgabat, Soviet Union
1948 - The first television network soap opera, Faraway
Hill, was broadcast by the DuMont Network.
1979 - Pope John Paul II beccame the first pontiff to visit
the White House.
1981 - Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat was murdered by Khalid
1985 - Jem and the Holograms debuted, in syndication
1986 - Double Dare premiered on Nickelodeon.
1995 - 51 Pegasi was discovered to be the second major star
(along with our Sun) to have a planet orbiting around it.
2000 - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation premiered on
2004 - Ghost Hunters premiered on Syfy
2007 - Jason Lewis completed the first human-powered circumnavigation
of the globe (pedal power).
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3761 BC - Today was the first day of creation, according to
the Jewish Talmudic Calendar.
1737 (Cyclone) India
1919 - KLM, the Netherlands official airline, was founded.
1933 - Air France began, with the merger of 5 smaller French
1950 - Mother Teresa opened the Missionary of Charity.
1952 - WFIL in Philadelphia introduced Bandstand (later
called American Bandstand)
1955 - American poet Allen Ginsberg performed his poem Howl
for the first time at the Six Gallery in San Francisco.
1958 - The US manned space-flight project was renamed Project
Mercury. It was originally called Project Astronaut.
1985 - The Achille Lauro was hijacked by Palestine
Liberation Front. The hijackers killed wheel-chair bound Jewish-American
passenger Leon Klinghoffer, throwing him overboard after shooting
1988 - An Inupiat hunter discovered three gray whales trapped
under the ice in Barrow, Alaska, US leading to a a multinational
effort to 'free the whales'.
1996 - The Fox News Channel began broadcasting.
2003 - The governor of California, Gray Davis, was recalled
in favor of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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1860 - Telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco
1767 - Surveying for the Mason-Dixon Line separating
Maryland from Pennsylvania was completed.
1881 - Haighong Typhoon, Vietnam
1871 - Peshtigo Fire, Wisconsin (2000 estimated dead)
1871 - Great Michigan Fire (500? killed)
1871 - Peshtigo, Wisconsin Fire (over 1200 killed)
1871 - Four major fires break out on the shores of Lake Michigan
in Chicago, Peshtigo, Wisconsin, Holland, Michigan, and Manistee,
Michigan including the Great Chicago Fire, and the
much deadlier Peshtigo Fire.
1956 - New York Yankees' Don Larsen pitched the only perfect
game in a World Series, against teh Brooklyn Dodgers.
1967 - Che Guevara and his men were captured in Bolivia.
1982 - Cats, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical
Cats by T. S. Eliot, opened on Broadway and ran for nearly
18 years before closing on September 10, 2000.
1984 - The Burning Bed starring Farrah Fawcett, aired
1986 - The Fox Broadcasting Company became the US' fourth
commercial broadcast television network, with The Late
Show, hosted by Joan Rivers.
2001 - US President George W. Bush announced the establishment
of the Office of Homeland Security.
2005 (Earthquake) Kashmir, Pakistan
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768 - Carloman I and Charlemagne were crowned Kings of The
Franks. Carloman died in 771, and Charlemagne reigned until
1824 - Slavery was abolished in Costa Rica.
1873 - The US Naval Institute was established.
1888 - The Washington Monument officially opened to
1919 - The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series, and eight
White Sox players were later accused of intentionally losing
games in exchange for money from gamblers.
1967 - Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara was execuded in Bolivia
1980 - Pope John Paul II met and shook hands with the Dalai
Lama in Vatican City.
1992 - The Peekskill Meteorite (about 24 pounds) landed
in the driveway of the Knapp residence in Peekskill, New York,
destroying the family's 1980 Chevrolet Malibu.
2006 - North Korea may have tested its first nuclear device.
2012 - The Pakistani Taliban made a failed attempt to assassinate
15 year-old Malala Yousafzai on her way home from school.
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1780 - The Great Hurricane of 1780 killed 20,000 to
30,000 people in the Caribbean region.
1845 - In Annapolis, Maryland, the Naval School (now the United
States Naval Academy) opened.
1871 - The Great Chicago Fire finally dissipated.
1871 - Tau Epsilon Phi was founded at Columbia University
(other organizations did not allow Jewish members)
1918 - The Cloquet Fire, northern Minnesota, USA
1957 - The finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbedemah,
was refused service in a Howard Johnson's restaurant in Dover,
Delaware. It was a bit of an international incident. He later
was invited to dine with US President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
1964 - NBC aired the 1964 Summer Olympics opening ceremony
at Tokyo, Japan, with the first time of live Olympic telecast
program, by geostationary communication satellite, Syncom
1971 - Sold, dismantled and moved to the United States, London
Bridge reopened in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
1973 - Vice President of the US Spiro Agnew resigned, after
being charged with evasion of federal income tax.
1983 - Adam, a TV-movie about the mysterious disappearance
of Adam Walsh, premiered on NBC
2010 - Cable channel The Hub (Now Discovery Family) made its
debut in the United States.
2012 - Nashville premiered on ABC
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1138 (Earthquake) Aleppo, Syria
1767 - Surveying for the MasonDixon line, separating
Maryland from Pennsylvania was completed.
1811 - The Juliana began operation as the first steam-powered
ferry service between New York City, New York, and Hoboken,
1852 - The University of Sydney, Australia's oldest university,
1890 The Daughters of the American Revolution were
founded, in Washington, DC.
1899 - MLB's Western League was renamed the American League.
1984 - Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn
D. Sullivan became the first American woman to perform a space
1958 - NASA launched the lunar probe Pioneer 1.
1962 - Pope John XXIII convenes the Second Vatican Council,
changing several rules, including saying The mass in the local
languages and having the celebrant (priest) face the congregation.
1973 - Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker were abducted by
aliens in Mississippi, they told authorities.
1984 - Aastronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American
woman to perform a space walk, on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
2001 - One of the first old companies to fall behind n the
digital era, The Polaroid Corporation filed for federal bankruptcy
2006 - 30 Rock premiered on NBC
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1692 - The Salem witch trials ended via a letter from Massachusetts
Governor William Phips.
1773 - America's first insane asylum opened for 'Persons
of Insane and Disordered Minds' in Virginia.
1792 - First celebration of Columbus Day in the US
was held in New York City.
1810 - Oktoberfest begins: In Germany, the Bavarian royal
family invited the citizens of Munich to join the celebration
of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess
Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
1823 - Charles Macintosh of Scotland began selling his 'raincoat.'
1918 - Cloquet Fire, Minnesota killed over 400 people.
1950 - The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show debuted
1960 - Nikita Khrushchev famously pounded his shoe on a desk
at United Nations General Assembly.
1964 - The USSR launched Voskhod 1 into Earth orbit as the
first spacecraft with a multi-person crew; it was the first
flight without space suits.
1979 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first
of five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comedy
science fiction series by Douglas Adams was published. The
1994 - NASA lost radio contact with the Magellan spacecraft
as it descended into the thick, acidic atmosphere of Venus.
2000 - The USS Cole was badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two
suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least
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1773 - The Whirlpool Galaxy, almost 25 million light years
away, was discovered by Charles Messier.
1775 - The United States Continental Congress ordered the
establishment of the Continental Navy (later renamed the United
1843 - B'nai B'rith was founded in New York City.
1914 - In Major League Baseball's World Series, the Boston
Braves defeat the Philadelphia Athletics, 4 games to 0, at
Fenway Park in Boston, completing the first World Series sweep
1917 - The 10 minute "Miracle of the Sun" was witnessed
by an estimated 70,000 people in the Cova da Iria in Fátima,
1958 - Paddington Bear made his debut in A Bear Called
1963 (Volcano Eruption) Kuril Islands
1991- Jennifer Lopez joined the cast of In Living Color
as a Fly Girl. Jamie Foxx, Steve Park and Shawn Wayans are
also added to the cast.
2010 - The 2010 Copiapo mining accident in Copiapo, Chile
ended as all 33 miners came to the surface after surviving
a record 69 days underground.
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1926 - Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne, was first published.
1881 - Eyemouth Windstorm Disaster, Scotland
1908 - The Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers, 2-0,
winning the World Series.
1912 - Former President of the US, Theodore Roosevelt, was
shot and mildly wounded by John Schrank. With the fresh wound
and bullet in his chest, Roosevelt still gave his scheduled
1947 - Captain Chuck Yeager flew a Bell X-1 rocket-powered
(and experimental) aircraft, the Glamorous Glennis, faster
than the speed of sound over the high desert of Southern California.
1964 - Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize
for striving to end racial inequality through non-violence.
1972 - Kung Fu premiered on ABC
1979 - The first Gay Rights March on Washington, CD - the
National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, demanded"an
end to all social, economic, judicial, and legal oppression
of lesbian and gay people" and drew 200,000 people.
1982 - President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the War on Drugs.
1994 - Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, The Prime Minister
of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, and the Foreign Minister of Israel,
Shimon Peres, received the Nobel Peace Prize for their role
in the establishment of the Oslo Accords.
1998 - Eric Rudolph was charged with six bombings including
the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia.
2003 - The 'Steve Bartman Incident' occurred during a Major
League Baseball (MLB) in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the
National League Championship Series game played between the
Chicago Cubs and the Florida Marlins. Chicago lost. Steve
caught a ball that was still in play.
2007 - Keeping Up with the Kardashians premiered on E!
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1582 - Pope Gregory XIII implemented the Gregorian calendar.
In several countries (Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain)
October 4 of that year was followed directly by October 15.
1764 - Edward Gibbon observed a group of friars singing in
the ruined Temple of Jupiter in Rome, which inspired him to
begin work on The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman
1878 - The Edison Electric Light Company began operations.
1888 - The "From Hell" letter sent by Jack the Ripper
was received by the London authorities (Whitechapel Vigilance
1951 - I Love Lucy premiered on CBS. It was filmed
on three cameras, a TV first.
1956 - Fortran, the first modern computer language, was shared
with the coding community for the first time.
1966 - The Black Panther Party was created by Huey P. Newton
and Bobby Seale.
1987 - Bob Barker, host of The Price Is Right, stopped
dying his hair. The audience gave him a standing ovation when
he came onstage, white-haired
2000 - Curb Your Enthusiasm premiered on HBO
2001 - Smallville premiered on The WB
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1793 - Marie Antoinette, widow of Louis XVI, was guillotined
at the height of the French Revolution. The phrase "Let
them eat cake" is often attributed to Marie but there
is no evidence she ever said it.
1846 - William T. G. Morton first demonstrated ether anesthesia
at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Ether Dome.
1869 - The Cardiff Giant was "discovered" in Cardiff,
New York. It was a hoax.
1875 - Brigham Young University was founded in Provo, Utah.
1916 - In Brooklyn, New York, Margaret Sanger opened the first
family planning clinic in the United States.
1923 - The Walt Disney Company was founded by Walt Disney
and his brother, Roy Disney.
1944 - Wally Walrus debuted in The Beach Nut, a Walter
1968 - Tommie Smith and John Carlos gave the Black Power salute
at the Olympics.
1978 - Karol Wojtyla was elected Pope John Paul II, the first
non-Italian pontiff since 1523.
1984 - Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1995 - The Million Man March took place in Washington, DC.
Between 400,000 and 850,000 people marched.
2012 - The extrasolar planet Alpha Centauri Bb was discovered.
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1091 - The London Tornado of 1091 destroyed many buildings,
and killed two people.
1814 - The Great Beer Flood -More than 323,000 gallons
of beer burst out of the Meux and Company Brewery and poured
into the streets of St. Giles, London, England. 8 people were
1860 - First Open (Golf) Championship (referred to in the
US as the British Open).
1919 - Radio Corporation of America (RCA) incorporated.
1931 - Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion.
1933 - Albert Einstein fled Nazi Germany and moved to the
1956 - The first commercial nuclear power station is officially
opened in Sellafield, Cumbria, England.
1956 - Donald Byrne and Bobby Fischer played a game of chess
labeled The Game of the Century. Fischer beat Byrne.
1958 - An Evening With Fred Astaire premiered, it was one
the first "special" programs on television, and
won nine Emmy Awards.
1965 - The 1964-65 New York World's Fair closed. Over 51 million
people had attended the event.
1966 - All of NBC's news programming began airing in full-color.
1973 - OPEC imposed an oil embargo against a number of Western
1979 - The Department of Education Organization Act was signed
into law, creating the US Department of Education and US Department
of Health and Human Services.
1979 - Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize.
1989 (Earthquake) The Lome Prieta earthquake interrupted Game
3 of the World Series
2005 - The Colbert Report premiered on Comedy Central
2007 - Storm Chasers debuted on The Discovery Channel
2008 - Ghost Adventures premiered on The Travel Channel
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1386 - The University of Heidelberg opened.
1620 - The Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts.
1851 - Herman Melville's Moby-Dick was first published as
1867 - "Seward's Folly" United States took possession
of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million.
1898 - The United States took possession of Puerto Rico from
1922 - The British Broadcasting Company (Corporation) BBC
1945 - Argentine military officer and politician Juan Perón
married actress Eva "Evita" Duarte.
1954 - Texas Instruments introduced the first Transistor radio.
1964 - Jackie Mason appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show
and may have given Ed "the finger" on the air. He
never appeared on the show again.
1968 - The US Olympic Committee suspended Tommie Smith and
John Carlos for giving a "Black Power" salute during
a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.
1988 - Rosanne premiered on ABC
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1512 - Martin Luther earned a doctorate of theology.
1781 - At Yorktown, Virginia, representatives of British
commander Lord Cornwallis handed over Cornwallis' sword and
formally surrendered to George Washington and the comte de
Rochambeau, ending the Revolutionary War.
1798 - Chief Justice John Jay was sworn in as the first Chief
Justice of the United States.
1900 - Max Planck discovered the law of black-body radiation
1982 - St. Elsewhere premiered on NBC
1987 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 22% (508 points),
named Black Monday.
2003 - Mother Teresa was beatified (step before sainthood)
by Pope John Paul II.
2004 - The Biggest Loser premiered on NBC.
2005 - Hurricane Wilma was the most intense Atlantic
hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb.
2012 - Built in 1952, Big Tex, a 52-foot statue and icon in
Dallas was destroyed by fire in the 2012 State Fair of Texas.
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1720 - Caribbean pirate Calico Jack Rackham, one of the first
pirates to use the "Jolly Roger", was captured by
the Royal Navy.
1803 - The United States Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.
1818 - The Convention of 1818 was signed between the
US and the UK which settled the Canada/United States border
on the 49th parallel for most of its length.
1873 - Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers universities
drafted the (American) Football rules.
1944 - Liquid natural gas exploded from storage tanks in Cleveland,
killing 130 people.
1951 - CBS began using the "Eyeball" logo.
1968 - Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle
1977 - Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zandt, Steve Gaines
and Cassie Gaines died in a plane crash. None were aged 27.
1981 - Two police officers and a Brinks armored car guard
are killed during an armed $1.6 million robbery in Rockland
County, New York, carried out by members of the Black Liberation
Army and Weather Underground.
1991 - The Oakland Hills, California firestorm killed 25 people.
2001 - Concert For New York: A Tribute To Heroes was
broadcast on VH1, and other networks. It raised funds for
the families of those killed by the September 11 terrorist
2011 - The National Transitional Council rebel forces captured
(in hiding) Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in his hometown
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1520 - Ferdinand Magellan discovered a strait now known as
Strait of Magellan in South America.
1797 - In Boston Harbor, the 44-gun United States Navy frigate
USS Constitution was launched. It was the third such vessel
completed for the US Navy.
1854 - Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses are sent
to the Crimean War.
1921 - The Sheik starring Rudolph Valentino, premiered
in Los Angeles
1921 - President Warren G. Harding delivered the first speech
by a sitting US President against lynching in the Deep South.
1940 - For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
1959 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive
order transferring Wernher von Braun and other German scientists
from the United States Army to NASA.
1959 -The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by
Frank Lloyd Wright, opened in New York City.
1973 - John Paul Getty III's ear was cut off by his kidnappers
and sent to a newspaper in Rome, with a note - "This
is Paul's ear. If we don't get some money within 10 days,
then the other ear will arrive. In other words, he will arrive
in little bits."
1973 - Fred Dryer of the Los Angeles Rams (later an actor)
became the first player in NFL history to score two safeties
in the same game.
1978 - Frederick Valenteich (flying a Cessna 182 airplane)
disappeared over Melbourne, Australia reght after describing
a UFO to the control tower. The last seventeen seconds of
his transmission were described as 'metallic scraping.'
1994 - North Korea and the United States signed an agreement
that required North Korea stop its nuclear weapons program
and agree to inspections. On October 9, 2006, North Korea
announced it had successfully conducted its first nuclear
1995 - Blind Melon's Shannon Hoon died of a cocaine overdose
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4004 BC - According to Ussher chronology, the world came into
existence the night of October 22 in 4004 BC, a Saturday.
362 - The temple of Apollo at Daphne, outside Antioch, (in
modern day Turkey) was destroyed in a fire.
1746 - The College of New Jersey (renamed Princeton University
in 1896) received its charter.
1784 - Russia founded a colony on Kodiak Island, Alaska.
1836 - Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first President
of the Republic of Texas.
1879 - Thomas Edison tested the first practical electric incandescent
light bulb - it lasted 13 1/2 hours.
1883 - The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City opened
with a performance of Gounod's Faust.
1907 - Panic of 1907 - A run on the stock of the Knickerbocker
Trust Company set events in motion that lead to a depression.
1926 - J. Gordon Whitehead punched magician Harry Houdini,
while he was still preparing for it) in the stomach in Montreal,
later causing his death.
1934 - In East Liverpool, Ohio, Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) agents shot and killed bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd.
1962 - US President John F. Kennedy announced that American
reconnaissance planes had found Soviet nuclear weapons in
Cuba, and that he had ordered a naval "quarantine"
of the Communist nation.
1964 - Jean-Paul Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature,
but turned down the honor because "a writer should not
allow himself to be turned into an institution".
1966 - The Supremes become the first all-female music group
to attain a No. 1 selling album: The Supremes A' Go-Go.
1976 - Red Dye No. 4 was banned by the US Food and Drug Administration.
1978 - The inauguration of Pope John Paul II took place in
Saint Peter's Square.
2001 - Grand Theft Auto III was released, creating a genre
of open-world, action-adventure video games as well as spurring
controversy around violence in new video games.
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1850 - The first National Women's Rights Convention opened
in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1861 - President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas
corpus in Washington, D.C., for all military-related cases.
1915 - Over 25,000 women marched on Fifth Avenue, NYC to advocate
their right to vote.
1917 - Lenin called for the October Revolution.
1935 - Mobsters Dutch Schultz, Abe Landau, Otto Berman, and
Bernard "Lulu" Rosencrantz are fatally shot at a
saloon in Newark, New Jersey - The Chophouse Massacre.
1946 - The United Nations General Assembly convened for the
first time, in Flushing, Queens, New York City.
1958 - The Smurfs, a fictional race of blue dwarves,
by Peyo, was serialized in the French weekly Spirou magazine.
1973 - US President Richard M. Nixon agreeed to turn over
subpoenaed audio tapes of his Oval Office conversations.
1998 - Swatch Internet Time, a measure of 1000 "beats"
per day was inaugurated by the Swatch Group. Instead of hours
and minutes, the mean solar day is divided up into 1000 parts
called ".beats". Each beat lasts 1 minute and 26.4
2011 - Once Upon A Time premiered on ABC
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1901 - Annie Edson Taylor, at age 63, became the first person
to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
1902 (Volcano Eruption) Santa María.
1926 - Harry Houdini's last performance took place at the
Garrick Theatre in Detroit.
1929 - Stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange "Black
1931 - Over the Hudson River, and connecting the Washington
Heights, Manhattan in New York City to Fort Lee, New Jersey,
the George Washington Bridge opened to public traffic.
1946 - A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket took the first
photograph of earth from outer space.
1947 - Walt Disney testified before the House Un-American
2002 - Police arrested spree killers John Allen Muhammad
and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the
area around Washington, DC.
2003 - Concorde made its last commercial flight.
2008 - Presidential candidate Barack Obama aired a 30-minute
infomercial on CBS, NBC, Fox, BET, Univision, MSNBC and TV
2008 - Many of the world's stock exchanges experienced their
worst declines in history - "Bloody Friday"
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1938 - Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounced
swing music as "a degenerated musical system, turned
loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people."
1940 - Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. was named the first African
American general in the United States Army.
1962 - Nelson Mandela was sentenced to five years in prison.
1964 - The Rolling Stones appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1982 - Newhart premiered on CBS
1983 - Microsoft released Word, version 1
1993 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show made its television
debut on FOX, featured a intercut live cast performance.
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1774 - The first Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.
1775 - King George III of Great Britain went before Parliament
to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorized
a military response to stop the American Revolution.
1776 - Benjamin Franklin went to France to seek French support
for the American Revolution.
1825 - From Albany, New York to Lake Erie, the Erie Canal
1861 - The Pony Express officially closed.
1881 - The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral takes place at Tombstone,
Arizona. The "OK" probably referred to two families,
Ormsby & Kimberly, who owned the nearby corral.
1936 - The first electric generator at Hoover Dam went into
1958 - Pan American Airways made the first commercial flight
of the Boeing 707, from New York City to Paris, France.
1984 - V (the series) premiered on NBC
1984 - Stephanie Fae Beauclair (October 14, 1984 November
15, 1984) "Baby Fae" received a heart transplant
from a baboon.
2001 - The United States passed the first Patriot Act.
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312 - Constantine the Great saw the Vision of the Cross. "In
this sign, you shall conquer"
1275 - Amsterdam, in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, was founded.
1682 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania wass founded.
1904 - The first underground New York City Subway line opened.
1955 - Rebel Without a Cause, starring James Dean was
released. It premiered the night before, at the Astor Theater
in New York.
1961 - NASA tested the first Saturn I rocket in Mission Saturn-Apollo
1964 - Ronald Reagan delivered his "A Time for Choosing"
speech on behalf of Republican presidential candidate, Barry
1966 - It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown aired
for the first time (on CBS)
1996 - Pop-Up Video premieres on VH1.
1997 - Stock markets around the world crashed. The Dow Jones
Industrial Average fell 554.26 points (7.18%) to 7,161.15.
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1420 - Beijing became the officially designated the capital
of the Ming dynasty on the same year that the Forbidden City,
the seat of government, was completed.
1492 - Christopher Columbus discovered Cuba.
1636 - The Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay
Colony established the first college in what would become
the United States, now known as Harvard University.
1886 - President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of
Liberty, in New York Harbor.
1893 - Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Pathétique,
had its premiere performance in St. Petersburg, only nine
days before the composer's death.
1929 - "Black Monday" on Wall Street, preceding
the Great Depression.
1943 - The supposed 'Philadelphia Experiment,' involving teleportation
or invisibility by the US Navy, took place with the destroyer
escort ship, the USS Eldridge. The US Navy maintains that
no such experiment occurred and details of the story contradict
'well-established facts about the Eldridge.'
1948 - Paul Müller was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine
for his discovery of the insecticidal properties of DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane).
1950 - The Jack Benny Show Premiered on CBS.
1962 - Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev ordered the removal
of Soviet missiles from Cuba, ending the "Cuban Missle
1965 - Construction on the 650 foot high St. Louis Arch was
1965 - Nostra aetate, the "Declaration on the Relation
of the Church with Non-Christian Religions" of the Second
Vatican Council, was approvedby Pope Paul VI; absolving the
Jews of responsibility for the death of Jesus, reversing Innocent
III's 760-year-old declaration.
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1618 - Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded for conspiring against
James I of England.
1886 - The first ticker tape parade took place in New York
City when office workers spontaneously throw ticker tape into
the streets after the Statue of Liberty was dedicated.
1888 - The Convention of Constantinople was signed,
guaranteeing maritime passage through the Suez Canal during
war and peace.
1929 - "Black Tuesday" - The New York Stock Exchange
1966 - William Hartnell made his last appearance as the First
Doctor in the concluding moments of Episode 4 of the Doctor
Who serial 'The Tenth Planet'.
1967 - Montreal's World Fair - Expo 67 closed, with over 50
1969 - The first-ever computer-to-computer link was established
on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet.
1971 - Rock Guitarist Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident.
1993- The very first "Got Milk?" commercial was
broadcast. It was directed by Michael Bay.
1998 - The Gothenburg discotheque fire in Sweden killed 63
students and injured 200 more.
1998 - Space Shuttle Discovery took off with 77-year old John
Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.
2012 - Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the United States,
killing 148 people directly and 138 in the aftermath.
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1876 - Great Backeganj Cyclone, India (now Bangladesh)
1945 - Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signed
a contract for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the baseball
1938 - Orson Welles broadcast his radio play of H. G. Wells's
The War of the Worlds.
1947 - The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT),
later becoming the World Trade Organisation (WTO), was founded.
1974 - The Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between
Muhammad Ali and champion George Foreman took place in Kinshasa,
Zaire. Ali won by knockout, knocking Foreman down just before
the end of the eighth round.
1987 - NEC released the first 16-bit (fourth generation) video
game console, the PC Engine, in Japan. It was later sold around
the world under the name TurboGrafx-16.
2002 - Warren Zevon was featured on the Late Show with
David Letterman as the only guest for the entire hour,
performing several songs and spoke about being diagnosed with
inoperable lung cancer.
"Enjoy every sandwich."
2015 - At least 56 people are killed and more than 155 injuries
after a fire in the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, Romania.
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683 - During the second Second Islamic Civil War and the Siege
of Mecca, the Kaaba caught fire and burned down.
1517 - Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the
Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.
1913 - Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, from Times Square
in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. It was
the first automobile highway going across United States.
1923 - The first of 160 consecutive days of 100° Fahrenheit
at Marble Bar, Western Australia.
1926 - Magician Harry Houdini died of gangrene and peritonitis
that developed after his appendix ruptured (after an unexpected
puch to the stomach a few days earlier).
1941 - Mount Rushmore is completed, featuring the sculpted
head of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt
and Abraham Lincoln.
1968 - "October Surprise" - Just before the US elections,
US President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that he had ordered
a complete cessation of "all air, naval, and artillery
bombardment of North Vietnam" effective November 1.
1969 - Wal-mart incorporated in Arkansas.
1991 - Are You Afraid of The Dark premiered on Nickelodeon
1998 - WKOW in Madison, Wisconsin became one of the first
high-definition broadcasts in digital television.
2011 - Today is the date that there were 7 billion people
living on Earth.