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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 Persian Empire.
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 U.S.
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 Carson.
1971 - Walt Disney World opened near Orlando, Florida.
1979 - Pope John Paul II began his first pastoral visit to the United
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 Rabbit.
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 (model
1999 - The infamous "You Fool" episode of Hollywood Squares
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 television
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 on
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 WAEC.
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 Live
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 Myles Coverdale.
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
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 in Nevada.
1985 - The Free Software Foundation was founded in Massachusetts,
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 space.
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'
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, was
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
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)
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" hit
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
1981 - Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat was murdered by Khalid Islambouli.
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 CBS
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
1737 (Cyclone) India
1919 - KLM, the Netherlands official airline, was founded.
1933 - Air France began, with the merger of 5 smaller French airlines.
1950 - Mother Teresa opened the Missionary of Charity.
1952 - WFIL in Philadelphia introduced Bandstand (later called
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 him.
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 began
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
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 on NBC
1986 - The Fox Broadcasting Company became the US' fourth commercial
broadcast television network, with The Late Show, hosted by
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 814.
1824 - Slavery was abolished in Costa Rica.
1873 - The US Naval Institute was established.
1888 - The Washington Monument officially opened to the public.
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
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 3.
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, New Jersey.
1852 - The University of Sydney, Australia's oldest university, opened.
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 walk.
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 protection.
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 on CBS.
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 Answer? 42.
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 39.
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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 States Navy).
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 in history.
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 Paddington.
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
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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 speech.
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
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 Empire.
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 Committee).
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
1987 - Bob Barker, host of The Price Is Right, stopped dying
his hair. The audience gave him a standing ovation when he came onstage,
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
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 Lantz's
1968 - Tommie Smith and John Carlos gave the Black Power salute at
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 killed.
1860 - First Open (Golf) Championship (referred to in the US as the
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 United
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 countries.
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 The Whale.
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 Spain.
1922 - The British Broadcasting Company (Corporation) BBC was founded.
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
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 (Planck's
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 attacks.
2011 - The National Transitional Council rebel forces captured (in
hiding) Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in his hometown of Sirte.
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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
1921 - The Sheik starring Rudolph Valentino, premiered in Los
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 was published.
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
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 test.
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
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
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
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,
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 seconds.
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 Activities
2002 - Police arrested spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee
Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington,
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 One.
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 opened.
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 operation.
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
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 Goldwater.
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
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 Crisis."
1965 - Construction on the 650 foot high St. Louis Arch was completed.
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 crashed.
1966 - William Hartnell made his last appearance as the First Doctor
in the concluding moments of Episode 4 of the Doctor Who serial 'The
1967 - Montreal's World Fair - Expo 67 closed, with over 50 million
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 color barrier.
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
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
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