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October 1st

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El Capitan at Yosemite

El Capitan, Yosemite

1890...Yosemite becomes a National Park. Yosemite National Park, located in the state of California, will become known for giant Sequoia trees, El Capitan and the Half Dome and other scenic wonders.

1908...The first Model T is built by Ford Motor Company. Between 1908 and 1927 Ford will build 15 million of them

1962...Johnny Carson takes over the Tonight Show on NBC from Jack Paar. He will go on to host the television show for the next 30 years.

October 2nd

Rock Hudson

Rock Hudson

1967...The first African American justice of the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall, is sworn in by Chief Justice Earl Warren.

1968...Bob Gibson, of the Saint Louis Cardinals, strikes out 17 batters in the first game of the World's Series. He breaks Sandy Koufax's record of strike outs in a series game.

1968...President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the act to establish the Redwood National Park. The park spreads over 58,000 acres and is covered with Redwood trees, some of the tallest trees in the world.

1985...Rock Hudson, the tall, dark and handsome Hollywood movie star, dies at age 59 of AIDS.

October 3rd

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner

1863...After the pivotal Union victory at Gettysburg, President Abraham Lincoln announces the Nation will celebrate Thanksgiving on the 4th Thursday of every November.

1952..Great Britain successfully tests its first atomic bomb off the coast of Australia. This makes Britain the world's third country with atomic power. The other countries are the United Stated and Russia.

1990...East and West Germany come together on what is known as Unity Day, a public holiday to celebrate the anniversary of the reunification of Germany in 1990. Unity Day will be celebrated yearly, on October 3rd.

October 4th

Mt. Rushmore

Mt. Rushmore

1927...Sculpting starts on the faces of Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota.

1944...General Eisenhower gives a report to officers educating them about shell shock as a result of prolonged exposure to combat. The average soldier can only handle approximately 200 days of combat before suffering psychiatric damage.

1957...The Soviet Union launches Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite. The United States and the world are caught off guard by the advanced technology of Russian engineers.

October 5th

Chief Joseph

Chief Joseph

1877...Chief Joseph, of the Nez Perce, surrenders in Montana. Chief Joseph is chief of the Nez Perce, a native American tribe in the Wallowa Valley in Northwest Oregon. When the Nez Perce are ordered to go to a reservation, Chief Joseph refuses. After more problems arise between his people and the white settlers, Chief Joseph decides to flee to Canada with his people. Their flight will become one of the greatest retreats in military history. Canada is over one thousand miles away. They are pursued by 2,000United States soldiers. The Nez Perce and the soldiers fight all along the journey until they are just 40 miles from Canada. Although Chief Joseph has won many battles along the way, the native Americans are spent and outnumbered. After one last fight at Bears Paw Chief Joseph decides to surrender. His speech of surrender is considered one of the great speeches in American history.

1892...The Dalton gang fails trying to rob two banks at the same time in Coffeyville, Kansas. The people in the town put up a fight and kill four of the five bandits.

2011...Steve Jobs, the Co-Founder of Apple Inc and a technology genius, dies at the age of 56 from pancreatic cancer. Jobs brought the world the Mac, iPod, iPhone and the iPad.

October 6th

Butch Cassidy

Butch Cassidy

1683...The Mennonites, seeking freedom of religion and free land, settle in Pennsylvania. They are among the first Germans to settle in America.

1866...The Reno Brothers commit the first moving train robbery in Indiana. They are soon copied by Western gangs such as Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch.

1961...President Kennedy advises American families to build bomb shelters to protect themselves from atomic fallout in the event of nuclear war with the Soviet Union.

October 7th

Route 66

Route 66

1816...The Washington, the first classic Mississippi River boat, arrives in New Orleans, Louisiana. These boats, with their two-story decks, paddle wheels and steam engine become a fixture on the Mississippi River. The boats are seen as they transport people and cargo up and down the river.

1960...The one hour television drama, Route 66, airs on CBS. Unlike other programs, the 116 episodes will be filmed at locations in twenty-five different US States.

1984...Chicago Bears tailback Walter Payton finishes his football game becoming the the NFL's all-time rushing leader. He breaks the previous record of Jim Brown. Payton's 12,400 yards is 88 more than the record set by Jim Brown.

October 8th

Alvin York

Alvin York

1871...A fire breaks out in the barn of Patrick O'Leary and spreads to the surrounding area. It starts the great Chicago fire in Illinois. The fire kills one hundred people. It destroys 17,450 structures, and 100,000 people are left homeless.

1918...US Corporal Alvin York earns the Congressional Medal of Honor with his amazing marksmanship. He protects his squadron from German machine guns and captures 130 German soldiers.

1956...The New York Yankee Don Larson pitches the first and only no-hitter in the history of the World Series. It is a perfect game. There are no runs, hits, walks or errors, and no one reaches first base.

October 9th

Gashouse Gang

The Gashouse Gang

1934...The Gashouse Gang Saint Louis Cardinals win the World Series on the pitching of the Ozark hillbillies Dizzy and Daffy Dean. Dizzy wins 30 games and his brother Daffy wins 19 games.

1936...The Hoover Dam, the tallest dam in the world, starts sending electricity over transmission lines to Los Angeles, California.

1992...A meteorite goes through the roof of a parked Chevy Malibu in Peekskill, New York. The meteor, the size of a football, also goes through the asphalt driveway.

October 10th

Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve

1845...The US Naval Academy opens in Annapolis, Maryland. There are 50 midshipmen students, and seven professors.

1877...The army holds a funeral with military honors for Colonel George Armstrong Custer at West Point. Custer graduated from West Point in 1861. He was at the bottom of his class.

2004...Famous for staring in four Superman movies, actor Christopher Reeve dies of heart failure at age 52. Reeve was paralyzed in 1995 in a horse riding accident.

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