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October

 

 

 "Did You Know..."

 

Notable Historic Events

for the Month of October

 

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October 11th

 

 Reagan and Gorbachev in Iceland

Reagan and Gorbachev

1923...In a botched train robbery three men stop a mail and passenger train in Oregon but fail to get the cash.  Their explosives accidentally blow the train car to pieces.

1975...Saturday Night Live, a comedy sketch show, makes its debut and goes on to become the longest running late night television show.

1986...President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Reykjavik, Iceland for missile reduction talks.

 

October 12th

Nikita Khrushchev

Nikita Khrushchev

1492...Christopher Columbus arrives in the New World and goes ashore to claim the land for Spain.  Columbus is from Italy, but sails under the flag of Spain.  He is supported by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel.

1945...Private Desmond Doss is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery as a medical corpsman in the Battle of Okinawa.  He becomes the first conscientious objector to receive the medal.

1960...Nikita Khrushchev throws a temper tantrum at the United Nations. He pounds his shoe on his desk when he is displeased at what is said.  He does not like the accusations of Soviet imperialism by one of the speakers.

 

October 13th

The White House

The White House

1792...The cornerstone is laid for the White HouseJohn Adams becomes the first president to live in the White House.

1925...Margaret Thatcher is born.  She will become the first female prime minister of England, serving from 1979 until 1990.

1983...Ameritech Mobile Communication provides the first mobile cellular phone service for public use in Chicago, Illinois.

 

October 14

Chuck Yeager

Chuck Yeager

1879...Thomas Edison files for a patent application for the first incandescent light bulb.

1947...WWII fighter pilot Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than sound in the X1-Rocket Plane.  The rocket plane was built by Bell Aircraft Company.

1964...The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his non-violent protest of American segregation laws.

 

October 15th

The "Flying Fortress" B17

The B17 Flying Fortress

1937...The world's largest military aircraft, the B-17 Flying Fortress, has its first test flight. It is built by Boeing Aircraft.

1964... A special meeting of the Soviet Central Committee deposes Khrushchev and replaces him with Leonid Brezhnev as Communist Party Secretary.

2003...New York's famous Staten Island Ferry crashes full speed into the dock on Staten Island.  Eleven people are killed in the crash and seventy-one are injured.

 

October 16th

FJK and the Cuban Missile Crisis

JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis

1962...President Kennedy is told that surveillance by a U2 spy plane reveals nuclear missile bases are being built in Cuba. This is the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

1964...China becomes the 5th country in the world to acquire nuclear bomb capability.  China joins the United States, Soviet Union, Great Britain and France as a nuclear power.

2011...Fauja Singh, at 100 years old, becomes the oldest 26 mile marathon runner in a Toronto, Canada race.  He runs for over eight hours and beats out five other competitors.

 

October 17th

Al Capone

Al Capone

1835...Texas approves a resolution creating the Texas Rangers.  The Texas Rangers are a corps of armed, mounted lawmen designed to range and guard the frontier.

1931...Chicago, Illinois gangster Al Capone, one of the most notorious crime bosses, is sentenced to eleven years in prison for tax evasion.

1973...Arab countries of the OPEC oil organization ban selling oil to any nation that supports Israel.  Long lines immediately form at gas stations in the United States.

 

October 18th

    Reggie Jackson 

Reggie Jackson

1867...The United States officially takes possession of Alaska, purchased from Russia for less than two cents an acre.  Today Alaska provides 25% of the oil in the United States and over 50% of its seafood.

1931...Thomas Edison dies at West Orange, New Jersey, at the age of 84.  Edison is the most prolific inventor in history, owning 1,093 patents.

1977...Yankee outfielder Reggie Jackson becomes Mr. October,  hitting three  home runs in one world series game.  The only other person to do this is Babe Ruth.  He did it twice.

 

October 19th

 

General Cornwallis

General Cornwallis

1781...British General Lord Cornwallis surrenders 8,000 soldiers and seamen to the American and French forces.  The American Revolution is over.

1812...Napoleon Bonaparte is forced to retreat a deserted and burning Moscow.  His army is then devastated by the Russian winter and the Russian Army.

1957...Maurice Rocket Richard, of the Montreal Canadiens, becomes the first National Hockey Player to score 500 goals in his career.

 

October 20th

Dick Fosbury

Dick Fosbury

1803...The US Senate approves the Louisiana Purchase from France. The United States pays $15 million dollars for 827,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River. This doubles the size of the United States.

1944...US General Douglas MacArthur returns to the Philippines after being forced to flee when the Japanese invaded the islands.  He is fulfilling the promise he made to return.

1968...Dick Fosbury wins a Gold Medal and sets an Olympic record when he high jumps 7 feet and 4 1/4 inches.  He has a new, unique jump style.  It  becomes known as the Fosbury Flop.

 

 

 

 



 

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