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October 21st

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Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

1854...Florence Nightingale, with a staff of 38 nurses, is sent to help the soldiers in the Crimean War.

1949...China becomes a Communist country. Mao Zedong proclaims himself the premier of the People's Republic of China.

October 22nd

Highway History

Highway History

1963...President Kennedy addresses the nation on television to inform Americans about missiles going up in Cuba and the need to protect American cities from attack. Cuba is blockaded and the Cuban Missile Crises begins.

1965...President Lyndon Johnson signs the Highway Beautification Act. Excessive billboards and junk yards are no longer allowed on highway roads. Steps are taken to improve the scenery along the roadways.

2012...Lance Armstrong is stripped of his seven Tour de France bicycling titles for his use of performance enhancing drugs and other unethical practices.

October 23rd

Marcus Brutus

Marcus Brutus

42...Marcus Junius Brutus is defeated at the second battle at Philippi and kills himself. Brutus is well-known as being a friend of Caesar, yet he participates in his assassination. When Caesar recognizes him, he utters the oft quoted words "Et tu Brute?" meaning "Even you, Brutus?"

1983...A truck filled with explosives drives into the U.S. Marine Corps barracks at the airport in Beirut, Lebanon. A total of 241 American Military servicemen are killed in the explosion.

2002...Fifty Chechen rebels storm a theater in Moscow and take 700 people hostage. The Islamist terrorist demand the Russians remove their forces from Chechnya and end the war.

October 24th

The George Washington Bridge

George Washington Bridge

1861..Western Union Telegraph links east and west lines at Salt Lake City, Utah. This makes coast-to-coast communication possible.

1901...Annie Edson Taylor, a 63 year old school teacher, is the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. She does it for money, but unfortunately never receives much of it.

1931...The George Washington Bridge is dedicated. It is a 4,760 foot suspension bridge. It connects New York and New Jersey over the Hudson River.

October 25th

Kamikaze damage

Kamikaze damage

1854...The Charge of the Light Brigade occurs when Lord James Cardigan leads the British cavalry again Russian artillery in the Crimean War. About 110 men die and 161 are wounded. The obviously doomed charge is looked back on as both a heroic effort and a foolhardy disaster.

1944...The Japanese deploy Kamikaze suicide bombers against American warships for the first time during The Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines.

1971...The United Nations, with the affirmative votes of the United States representatives, allows Communist China to become a member of the United Nations. However, contrary to the objections of the United States, Taiwan is expelled.

October 26th

Bill Buckner

Bill Buckner

1825...The Erie Canal opens. The canal makes a water route in New York State from New York City and the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes.

1881...Wyatt Earp, his brothers and Doc Holliday face off against the Clanton Cowboy Gang in the legendary shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.

1986...Bill Buckner, of the Boston Red Sox, lets an easy ground ball dribble between his legs. This allows the Mets to score and then win the World Series. This will become the most famous error in baseball history.

October 27th

Vintage NY Subway

NY Subway

1873...Joseph Glidden, of Illinois, gets a patent for his design for barbed wire fencing. This invention will greatly aid settlers homesteading in the American West.

1904...The New York Subway System opens. London had the first subway in the world. Boston had the first subway in the United States. However, the New York Subway will become the largest subway system in the world.

2014...Boston wins the World Series for the first time since 1918. Finally the Curse of the Bambino is broken. Boston has finally recovered from selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees.

October 28th

The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch

1918...German sailors, knowing of pending peace talks to end WWI, refuse five orders from German Admiralty to launch suicidal attacks against the British Navy.

1962...The Cuban Missile Crisis comes to an end as Khrushchev agrees to remove Russian missiles in Cuba. He does this with the assurance that the United States will not invade Cuba.

1965...The 630-foot-high stainless steel Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, is completed. The arch was designed by the American educated and Finnish born architect Eero Saarinen.

October 29th

Sir Walter Raleigh

Sir Walter Raleigh

1618...Sir Walter Raleigh, organizer of three expeditions to America and the first English settlement in America, is beheaded in London for conspiracy against King James I.

1618...Sir Walter Raleigh, organizer of three expeditions to America and the first English settlement in America, is beheaded in London for conspiracy against King James I.

1777...John Hancock resigns his position as President of the Continental Congress because of ill health. John Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence. He is known for his bold and clear signature on the document. If the British won the Revolutionary War all the men who signed the Declaration of Independence would have been hung. John Hancock exhibited valor and patriotism when he made his signature large enough that even King George could not fail to read it.

1998...At the age of seventy-seven, John Glenn goes back into space. John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth, and now he is given a ride on the space shuttle Discovery.

October 30th

Orson Welles

Orson Welles

1893...The 400th anniversary of Columbus and the discovery of America is celebrated at the Chicago Exposition in the state of Illinois.

1938...Orson Welles, a young veteran of radio productions, airs a radio broadcast called War of the Worlds. The program makes it seem like an invasion from the planet Mars is happening in real time. Whether it caused panic or not is uncertain.

1975...Prince Juan Carlos becomes head of Spain when dictator Franco is too ill to govern. When Franco dies a few days later, Carlos begins his country's change to democracy.

October 31st

Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini

1517...Martin Luther, priest and scholar, nails his Proclamation to the door of the Castel Church in Wittenberg, Germany. His 95 Thesis document will begin the Protestant Reformation.

1926...The most celebrated magician and escape artist of the 20th century, Harry Houdini, dies at age 52. He dies from a burst appendix in a Detroit, Michigan hospital.

1950...Earl Lloyd, attending the University of West Virginia, becomes the first African-American to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays for the The Washington Capitals.

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