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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of  October




 October 1st

Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson

1890...In the location of the national wonders of giant Sequoia trees and a granite Half Dome, Congress creates Yosemite National Park.

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

1962...Johnny Carson takes over the Tonight Show on NBC from prior host Jack Paar.  He will host the 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 in the first game of the World's Series.  He breaks Sandy Koufax's record of the number of strike outs in a series game.

1985...Rock Hudson, the quintessential tall, dark and handsome Hollywood leading man, 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..Britain successfully tests its first atomic bomb off the coast of Australia, making Britain the world's third atomic power.

1990...East and West Germany come together on what is known as "Unity Day" less than one year after the Berlin Wall is torn down.


 October 4th

Mt. Rushmore

Mt. Rushmore

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

1944...General Eisenhower gives a report to officers recognizing the hazard of shell shock due to prolonged exposure to combat. The average soldier can only handle approximately 200 days of combat before suffering psychiatric damage.

1957...The "space age" begins as the Soviet Union launches Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite.  The shock to US scientific, political and even the general populace can not be overstated.


 October 5th

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

1877...Chief Joseph, of the Nez Perce, surrenders in Montana declaring "My heart is sick and sad, from where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever."

1892...The Dalton gang fails in robbing two banks at the same time in Coffeyville, Kansas.  The resisting town's people end up killing 4 of the 5 bandits.

2011...Steve Jobs, the Co-Founder of Apple Inc, who revolutionized media with devices such as Macintosh, Ipod, Iphone and the Ipad, dies at age 56 from Pancreatic cancer.


 October 6th

Butch Cassidy

Butch Cassidy

1683...Mennonites, enticed by freedom of religion and an offer of free land in Pennsylvania, were among the first Germans to settle America.

1866...The Reno Brothers commit the first moving train robbery in Indiana.  They were 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 7

Route 66

Route 66

1816...The Washington, the first classic Mississippi river boat with its two-story deck, stern paddle wheel and steam engine, arrives in New Orleans.

1960...The one hour television drama, Root 66, airs on CBS.  Unlike other programs, the 116 episodes were filmed over 25 states in the United States.

1984...Chicago Bears tailback Walter Peyton finishes his football game breaking the lifetime rushing yardage of Jim Brown.  That record was 12,400 yards, set in 1965.


October 8th

Alvin York

Alvin York

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

1918...United States Corporal Alvin York earns the Congressional Medal of Honor with his amazing marksmanship resulting from his protecting his squadron from German machine guns and capturing 130 Germans.

1956...The NY Yankees Don Larson pitches the first and only no-hitter in the history of the World Series. Even better, it was a perfect game, meaning no runs, hits, walks, or errors.  No one reached 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 won 30 games and his brother Daffy won 19 games.

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

1992...A meteorite crashes through a parked 1980 Chevy Malibu in Peekskill, New York.  The space rock, the size of a football, also went through the asphalt driveway.


 October 10th

Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve

1845...The US Naval Academy opens in Annapolis, Maryland with 50 midshipmen students, and 7 professors.

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

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





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