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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of October




October 11th


 Reagan and Gorbachev in Iceland

Reagan and Gorbachev

1923...In a botched train robbery three men stop a mail passenger train in Oregon but fail to get the cash, as their excessive explosives blow the car to pieces.

1975...Saturday Night Live, a topical comedy sketch, 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, 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, becoming the first conscientious objector to receive this medal.

1960...Nikita Khrushchev throws a temper tantrum at the United Nations, pounding his shoe on his desk when he is displeased at the accusations against Soviet Imperialism by one of the speakers.


October 13th

The White House

The White House

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

1925...Margaret Thatcher is born.  She becomes the first female British Prime Minister in1979 and serves 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 "Improvement in Electric Lights," or the first incandescent light bulb.

1947...WWI fighter pilot ace Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than sound in the X1-Rocket Plane 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 B17 "Flying Fortress,"  built by Boeing Aircraft, has its first test flight today.

1964...While on vacation in Soviet Georgia,  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, killing 11 and injuring 71 people.


October 16th

FJK and the Cuban Missile Crisis

JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis

1962...The Cuban Missile Crisis begins, as President Kennedy is told a U2 spy plane revealed nuclear missile bases being built in Cuba.

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

2011...The Fauja Singh, 100 years old, becomes the oldest 26 mile marathon runner in a Toronto, Canada race.  He ran for over 8 hours and beat out 5 other competitors.


October 17th

Al Capone

Al Capone

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

1931...Chicago gangster Al Capone, one of the most notorious crime bosses, is sentenced to 11 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 form immediately at gas stations in the United States.


October 18th

    Reggie Jackson 

Reggie Jackson

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

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

1977...Yankee outfielder Reggie Jackson becomes Mr. October,  hitting 3 home runs in one world series game.  Only Babe Ruth had previously accomplished this feat, twice.


October 19th


General Cornwallis

General Cornwallis

1781...British General Lord Cornwallis surrenders 8,000 soldiers and seamen to the larger American forces, effectively ending the American Revolution.

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 a treaty with France that will double the size of the United States with the purchase of the Louisiana Territory.

1944...US General Douglas MacArthur wades ashore to the Philippine Island of Layte,  fulfilling his promise to return after being forced to flee when the Japanese  invaded the Philippines.

1968...Dick Fosbury wins that Gold Medal and sets an Olympic record when he high jumps 7 ft  4 1/4 inches with his new unique style, dubbed as "The Fosbury Flop."





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