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331 BC - Alexander the Great defeated Darius III of Persia
in the Battle of Gaugamela, bringing about the fall of the
1843 - London's The News of the World began publication.
1880 - John Philip Sousa, the first recorded popular music
star, became the leader of the United States Marine Band.
1908 - For $825 each, Ford's Model T car was put on the market.
1940 - The Pennsylvania Turnpike opened to traffic. It is
considered the first US superhighway.
1948 - Over Fargo, North Dakota, WW II pilot George F. Gorman
reported 'playing chicken" with a blinking orb of light
UFO. It was visually seen by people in the control tower,
but did not show up on radar.
1955 - The Honeymooners premiered on CBS
1957 - First appearance of "In God We Trust" on
U.S. paper currency, on one dollar bills.
1958 - The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)
became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
1971 - Walt Disney World opened near Orlando, Florida.
1989 - Denmark introduced the world's first legal modern same-sex
civil union, called a "registered partnership".
1992 - Cartoon Network begins broadcasting. The first cartoon,
outside of Droopy Dog's introduction, was Bugs Bunny in Rhapsody
1992- Cartoon Network was initiated.
1996 - Animal Planet made its debut
1999 - The infamous "You Fool" episode of Hollywood
2006 - Dexter premiered on Showtime
2010 - Sony launched Sony Movie Channel
2013 - The United States federal government shutdown of 2013
(October 1-16) affected many operations for the US government
1187 - Saladin captured Jerusalem from Balian of Ibelin.
1893 - Cheniere Caminada Hurricane, Louisiana
1950 - Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz was first published.
1955 - Alfred Hitchcock premiered on CBS
1958 - The Huckleberry Hound Show premiered, in syndication
1959 - The anthology series The Twilight Zone premiered on
1967 - Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African-American
justice of United States Supreme Court.
1968 - The Tlatelolco massacre took place in Mexico City.
30-300 student protesters and supporters were killed.
2000 - Triple Play (3 cars) was played for the first time
on The Price is Right.
2002 - The Beltway sniper attacks began. Paul LaRuffa, a 55-year-old
pizzeria owner, was shot six times at close range - he survived,
but 17 other people did not.
2006 - Five school girls were murdered by Charles Carl Roberts
in a shooting at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania
1863 - The last Thursday in November was declared as Thanksgiving
Day by US President Abraham Lincoln.
1872 - The Bloomingdale brothers opened their first store
at 938 Third Avenue, in New York City.
1949 - WERD, the first black-owned radio station in the United
States, opened in Atlanta. WERD was at 860 AM, and is now
1955 - Captain Kangaroo premiered on CBS
1955 - The Mickey Mouse Club premiered on ABC
1957 - The California State Superior Court ruled that Allen
Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems was not obscene.
1960 - The Andy Griffith Show premiered on CBS
1961 - The Dick Van Dyke Show premiered on CBS
1985 - The Space Shuttle Atlantis makes its first flight.
1988 - Turner Network Television (TNT) began on cable, with
Gone With The Wind
1992- Singer Sinead O'Conner stirred up controversy when she
ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night
1995 - More than 150 million people tuned in for the announcement
of the verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial. The not guilty verdict
was met with both praise and criticism.
2204 - Desperate Housewives premiered on ABC
1535 - The first complete English-language Bible (the Coverdale
Bible) was printed, translated by William Tyndale and Myles
1876 - Texas A&M University opened as the Agricultural
and Mechanical College of Texas.
1883 - First run of the Orient Express, from Paris, to Giurgiu
in Romania via Munich and Vienna.
1895 - The first U.S. Open Men's Golf Championship was played
at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island.
1941 - Norman Rockwell's Willie Gillis character debuted on
the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.
1957 - The USSR launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite
to orbit the Earth.
1965 - Pope Paul VI's visit to New York got television coverage
on all 3 American networks. The Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium
was broadcast in color.
1980 - Heathcliff premiered on ABC Saturday morning
1988 - Televangelist Jim Bakker was indicted for fraud.
1990 - Beverly Hills, 90210 premiered on FOX
2004 - SpaceShipOne won the Ansari X Prize, for private spaceflight,
by being the first private craft to fly into space.
1944 - Suffrage was extended to women in France.
1947 - The first televised White House address was given by
US President Harry S. Truman.
1950 - You Bet Your Life, featuring Groucho Marx, premiered
1962 - Dr. No, the first in the James Bond film series, was
1966 There was a partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi
demonstration nuclear breeder reactor, near Detroit, Michigan.
1969 - The first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus aired
on BBC One. It ran 45 episodes, until 1974.
1970 - The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) began broadcasting
and National Educational Television (NET) closed.
1982 - Johnson & Johnson began a nationwide product recall
in the US for all products in its Tylenol brand after several
bottles in Chicago were found to have been laced with cyanide,
resulting in seven deaths.
1984 - Marc Garneau became the first Canadian in space, flying
aboard the US Space Shuttle Challenger.
1991 - The first official version of the Linux kernel (version
0.02) was released.
2001 - Barry Bonds surpassed Mark McGwire's single-season
home run total withthe 71st and 72nd home runs.
2011 - American Horror Story premiered on FX
1876 - The American Library Association was founded.
1927 - Opening of The Jazz Singer with its Vitaphone sound-on-disc
system, in New York City.
1948 (Earthquake) Ashgabat, Soviet Union
1948 - The first television network soap opera, Faraway Hill,
is broadcast by the DuMont Network.
1981 - Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat was murdered by Khalid
1985 - Jem and the Holograms debuted, in syndication
1986 - Double Dare premiered on Nickelodeon
2000 - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation premiered on CBS
2004 - Ghost Hunters premiered on Syfy
2007 - Jason Lewis completed the first human-powered circumnavigation
of the globe (pedal power).
3761 BC - Today was the first day of creation, according to
the Jewish Talmudic Calendar.
1737 (Cyclone) India
1919 - KLM, the Netherlands official airline, was founded.
1933 - Air France began, with the merger of 5 smaller French
1950 - Mother Teresa opened the Missionary of Charity
1952 - WFIL in Philadelphia introduced Bandstand (later called
1958 - The US manned space-flight project was renamed Project
Mercury. It was originally called Project Astronaut.
1985 - The Achille Lauro was hijacked by Palestine Liberation
Front. The hijackers killed wheel-chair bound Jewish-American
passenger Leon Klinghoffer, throwing him overboard after shooting
1996 - The Fox News Channel began broadcasting.
1860 - Telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco
1881 - Haighong Typhoon, Vietnam
1871 - Peshtigo Fire, Wisconsin (2000 estimated dead)
1871 - Great Michigan Fire (500? killed)
1871 - Peshtigo, Wisconsin Fire (over 1200 killed)
1871 - Great Chicago Fire (300 estimated dead)
1967 - Che Guevara and his men were captured in Bolivia.
1982 - Cats, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
by T. S. Eliot, opened on Broadway and ran for nearly 18 years
before closing on September 10, 2000.
1984 - 'The Burning Bed' starring Farrah Fawcett, aired on
1986 - The Fox Broadcasting Company became the US' fourth
commercial broadcast television network, with The Late Show,
hosted by Joan Rivers.
2001 - US President George W. Bush announced the establishment
of the Office of Homeland Security.
2005 (Earthquake) Kashmir, Pakistan
768 - Carloman I and Charlemagne were crowned Kings of The
Franks. Carloman dies in 771, and Charlemagne reigned until
1767 - Surveying for the Mason-Dixon line separating Maryland
from Pennsylvania was completed.
1824 - Slavery was abolished in Costa Rica.
1873 - The US Naval Institute was established.
1888 - The Washington Monument officially opened to the public.
1919 - The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series, and eight
White Sox players were later accused of intentionally losing
games in exchange for money from gamblers.
1967 - Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara was executed in Bolivia
1980 - Pope John Paul II met and shook hands with the Dalai
Lama in Vatican City.
2006 - North Korea may have tested its first nuclear device.
2012 - Pakistani Taliban made a failed attempt to assassinate
15 year-old Malala Yousafzai on her way home from school.
1780 - The Great Hurricane of 1780 killed20,000 to 30,000
people in the Caribbean region.
1845 - In Annapolis, Maryland, the Naval School (now the United
States Naval Academy) opened.
1871 - The Great Chicago Fire finally dissipated.
1871 - Tau Epsilon Phi was founded at Columbia University
(other organizations did not allow Jewish members)
1918 - The Cloquet Fire, northern Minnesota, USA
1957 - The finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbedemah,
was refused service in a Howard Johnson's restaurant in Dover,
Delaware. It was a bit of an international incident. He later
was invited to dine with US President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
1964 - NBC aired the 1964 Summer Olympics opening ceremony
at Tokyo, Japan, with the first time of live Olympic telecast
program, by geostationary communication satellite, Syncom
1973 - Vice President of the US Spiro Agnew resigned, after
being charged with evasion of federal income tax.
1983 - Adam, a TV-movie about the mysterious disappearance
of Adam Walsh, premiered on NBC
2010 - Cable channel The Hub (Now Discovery Family) made its
debut in the United States.
2012 - Nashville premiered on ABC
1138 (Earthquake) Aleppo, Syria
1811 -The Juliana, began operation as the first steam-powered
ferry service between New York City, New York, and Hoboken,
1852 - The University of Sydney, Australia's oldest university,
1890 The Daughters of the American Revolution were founded,
in Washington, DC.
1958 - NASA launched the lunar probe Pioneer 1.
1962 - Pope John XXIII convenes the Second Vatican Council,
changing several rules, including saying The mass in the local
languages and having the celebrant (priest) face the congregation.
1973 - Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker were abducted by
aliens in Mississippi, they told authorities.
1984 - Aastronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American
woman to perform a space walk, on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
2006 - 30 Rock premiered on NBC
1792 - First celebration of Columbus Day in the US was held
in New York City.
1810 - Oktoberfest begins: In Germany, the Bavarian royal
family invited the citizens of Munich to join the celebration
of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess
Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
1823 - Charles Macintosh of Scotland began selling his 'raincoat.'
1918 - Cloquet Fire, Minnesota killed over 400 people.
1950 - The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show debuted on CBS.
1960 - Nikita Khrushchev famously pounded his shoe on a desk
at United Nations General Assembly.
1964 - The USSR launched Voskhod 1 into Earth orbit as the
first spacecraft with a multi-person crew; it was the first
flight without space suits.
1979 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first of
five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comedy
science fiction series by Douglas Adams was published. The
1994 - NASA lost radio contact with the Magellan spacecraft
as it descended into the thick, acidic atmosphere of Venus.
2000 - The USS Cole was badly damaged in Aden, Yemen, by two
suicide bombers, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least
1773 - The Whirlpool Galaxy, almost 25 million light years
away, was discovered by Charles Messier.
1775 - The United States Continental Congress ordered the
establishment of the Continental Navy (later renamed the United
1843 - B'nai B'rith was founded in New York City.
1917 - The 10 minute "Miracle of the Sun" was witnessed
by an estimated 70,000 people in the Cova da Iria in Fátima,
1958 - Paddington Bear made his debut in 'A Bear Called Paddington.'
1963 (Volcano Eruption) Kuril Islands
1991- Jennifer Lopez joined the cast of "In Living Color"
as a Fly Girl. Jamie Foxx, Steve Park and Shawn Wayans are
also added to the cast.
2010 - The 2010 Copiapo mining accident in Copiapo, Chile
ended as all 33 miners came to the surface after surviving
a record 69 days underground.
1926 - Winnie the Pooh, by A. A. Milne, was first published.
1881 - Eyemouth Windstorm Disaster, Scotland
1908 - The Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers, 2-0,
winning the World Series.
1912 - Former President of the US, Theodore Roosevelt, was
shot and mildly wounded by John Schrank. With the fresh wound
and bullet in his chest, Roosevelt still gave his scheduled
1947 - Captain Chuck Yeager flew a Bell X-1 rocket-powered
(and experimental) aircraft, the Glamorous Glennis, faster
than the speed of sound over the high desert of Southern California.
1964 - Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize
for striving to end racial inequality through non-violence.
1972 - Kung Fu premiered on ABC
1982 - President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the War on Drugs.
1994 - Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, The Prime Minister
of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, and the Foreign Minister of Israel,
Shimon Peres, receive the Nobel Peace Prize for their role
in the establishment of the Oslo Accords.
2003 - The 'Steve Bartman Incident' occurred during a Major
League Baseball (MLB) in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the
National League Championship Series game played between the
Chicago Cubs and the Florida Marlins. Chicago lost.
2007 - Keeping Up with the Kardashians premiered on E!
1582 - Pope Gregory XIII implemented the Gregorian calendar.
In several countries October 4 of that year was followed directly
by October 15.
1878 - The Edison Electric Light Company began operations.
1888 - The "From Hell" letter sent by Jack the Ripper
was received by the London authorities (Whitechapel Vigilance
1951 - I Love Lucy premiered on CBS. It was filmed on three
cameras, a TV first.
1966 - The Black Panther Party was created by Huey P. Newton
and Bobby Seale.
1987 - Bob Barker, host of The Price Is Right, stopped dying
his hair. The audience gave hima standing ovation when he
came onstage, white-haired
2000 - Curb Your Enthusiasm premiered on HBO
2001 - Smallville premiered on The WB
1793 - Marie Antoinette, widow of Louis XVI, was guillotined
at the height of the French Revolution. The phrase "Let
them eat cake" is often attributed to Marie but there
is no evidence she ever said it.
1814 - The Great Beer Flood. More than 323,000 gallons of
beer burst out of the Meux and Company Brewery and poured
into the streets of St. Giles, London, England.
1869 - The Cardiff Giant was "discovered" in Cardiff,
1875 - Brigham Young University was founded in Provo, Utah.
1916 - In Brooklyn, New York, Margaret Sanger opened the first
family planning clinic in the United States.
1944 - Wally Walrus debuted in The Beach Nut, a Walter Lantz's
1968 - Tommie Smith and John Carlos were kicked off the US
team for participating in the 1968 Olympics Black Power salute.
1978 - Karol Wojtyla was elected Pope John Paul II, the first
non-Italian pontiff since 1523.
1984 - Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1995 - The Million Man March took place in Washington, DC.
Between 400,000 and 850,000 people marched.
1091 - The London Tornado of 1091 destroyed many buildings,
and killed two people.
1814 - The London Beer Flood killed 8 people.
1860 - First Open (Golf) Championship (referred to in the
US as the British Open).
1919 - Radio Corporation of America (RCA) incorporated.
1931 - Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion.
1956 - The first commercial nuclear power station is officially
opened in Sellafield, Cumbria, England.
1956 - Donald Byrne and Bobby Fischer played a game of chess
labeled The Game of the Century. Fischer beat Byrne.
1958 - An Evening With Fred Astaire premiered, it was one
the first "special" programs on television, and
won nine Emmy Awards.
1965 - The 1964-65 New York World's Fair closed. Over 51 million
people had attended the event.
1966 - All of NBC's news programming began airing in full-color.
1973 - OPEC imposed an oil embargo against a number of Western
1979 - The Department of Education Organization Act was signed
into law, creating the US Department of Education and US Department
of Health and Human Services.
1979 - Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize.
1989 (Earthquake) The Lome Prieta earthquake interrupted Game
3 of the World Series
2005 - The Colbert Report premiered on Comedy Central
2007 - Storm Chasers debuted on The Discovery Channel
2008 - Ghost Adventures premiered on The Travel Channel
1386 - The University of Heidelberg opened.
1620 - The Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts.
1851 - Herman Melville's Moby-Dick was first published as
1867 - "Seward's Folly" United States took possession
of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million.
1898 - The United States took possession of Puerto Rico from
1922 - The British Broadcasting Company (Corporation) BBC
1954 - Texas Instruments introduced the first Transistor radio.
1964 - Jackie Mason appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and may
have given Ed "the finger" on the air. He never
appeared on the show again.
1968 - The US Olympic Committee suspended Tommie Smith and
John Carlos for giving a "Black Power" salute during
a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.
1988 - Rosanne premiered on ABC
1512 - Martin Luther earned a doctorate of theology.
1798 - Chief Justice John Jay was sworn in as the first Chief
Justice of the United States.
1982 - St. Elsewhere premiered on NBC
1987 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 22% (508 points),
named Black Monday.
2003 - Mother Teresa was beatified (step before sainthood)
by Pope John Paul II.
2004 - The Biggest Loser premiered on NBC.
2012 - Built in 1952, Big Tex, a 52-foot statue and icon in
Dallas was destroyed by fire in the 2012 State Fair of Texas.
1720 - Caribbean pirate Calico Jack Rackham, one of the first
pirates to use the "Jolly Roger", was captured by
the Royal Navy.
1803 - The United States Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.
1818 - The Convention of 1818 was signed between the US and
the UK which settled the Canada/United States border on the
49th parallel for most of its length.
1873 - Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers universities
drafted the (American) Football rules.
1944 - Liquid natural gas exploded from storage tanks in Cleveland,
killing 130 people.
1951 - CBS began using the "Eyeball" logo.
1968 - Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle
1977 - Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zandt, Steve Gaines
and Cassie Gaines died in a plane crash. None were aged 27.
1981 - Two police officers and a Brinks armored car guard
are killed during an armed $1.6 million robbery in Rockland
County, New York, carried out by members of the Black Liberation
Army and Weather Underground.
1991 - The Oakland Hills, California firestorm killed 25 people.
2001 - Concert For New York: A Tribute To Heroes was broadcast
on VH1, and other networks. It raised funds for the families
of those killed by the September 11 terrorist attacks.
2011 - The National Transitional Council rebel forces captured
(in hiding) Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in his hometown
1520 - Ferdinand Magellan discovers a strait now known as
Strait of Magellan in South America.
1797 - In Boston Harbor, the 44-gun United States Navy frigate
USS Constitution was launched. It was the third such vessel
completed for the US Navy.
1854 - Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses are sent
to the Crimean War.
1921 - The Sheik, starring Rudolph Valentino, premiered in
1921 - President Warren G. Harding delivered the first speech
by a sitting US President against lynching in the Deep South.
1940 - For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway was published.
1959 -The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank
Lloyd Wright, opened in New York City.
1973 - John Paul Getty III's ear was cut off by his kidnappers
and sent to a newspaper in Rome, with a note - "This
is Paul's ear. If we don't get some money within 10 days,
then the other ear will arrive. In other words, he will arrive
in little bits."
1978 - Frederick Valenteich (flying a Cessna 182 airplane)
disappeared over Melbourne, Australia right after describing
a UFO to the control tower. The last seventeen seconds of
his transmission were described as 'metallic scraping.'
1994 - North Korea and the United States signed an agreement
that required North Korea stop its nuclear weapons program
and agree to inspections. On October 9, 2006, North Korea
announced it had successfully conducted its first nuclear
1995 - Blind Melon's Shannon Hoon died of a cocaine overdose
362 - The temple of Apollo at Daphne, outside Antioch, (in
modern day Turkey) was destroyed in a fire.
1746 - The College of New Jersey (renamed Princeton University
in 1896) received its charter.
1836 - Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first President
of the Republic of Texas.
1879 - Thomas Edison tested the first practical electric incandescent
light bulb - it lasted 13 1/2 hours.
1883 - The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City opened
(with a performance of Gounod's Faust).
1926 - J. Gordon Whitehead punched magician Harry Houdini,
while he was still preparing for it, in the stomach in Montreal,
later causing his death.
1934 - In East Liverpool, Ohio, Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) agents shot and killed bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd.
1962 - US President John F. Kennedy announced that American
reconnaissance planes had found Soviet nuclear weapons in
Cuba, and that he had ordered a naval "quarantine"
of the Communist nation.
1964 - Jean-Paul Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature,
but turned down the honor because "a writer should not
allow himself to be turned into an institution".
1976 - Red Dye No. 4 was banned by the US Food and Drug Administration.
1978 - The inauguration of Pope John Paul II took place in
Saint Peter's Square.
1850 - The first National Women's Rights Convention opened
in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1861 - President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas
corpus in Washington, D.C., for all military-related cases.
1915 -Over 25,000 women marched on Fifth Avenue, NYC to advocate
their right to vote.
1917 - Lenin called for the October Revolution.
1935 - Mobsters Dutch Schultz, Abe Landau, Otto Berman, and
Bernard "Lulu" Rosencrantz are fatally shot at a
saloon in Newark, New Jersey - The Chophouse Massacre.
1946 - The United Nations General Assembly convened for the
first time, in Flushing, Queens, New York City.
1958 - The Smurfs, a fictional race of blue dwarves, by Peyo,
was serialized in the French weekly Spirou magazine.
2011 - Once Upon A Time premiered on ABC
1901 - Annie Edson Taylor, at age 63, became the first person
to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
1902 (Volcano Eruption) Santa María.
1926 - Harry Houdini's last performance took place at the
Garrick Theatre in Detroit.
1929 - Stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange "Black
1931 - Over the Hudson River, and connecting the Washington
Heights, Manhattan in New York City to Fort Lee, New Jersey,
the George Washington Bridge opened to public traffic.
1946 - A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket took the first
photograph of earth from outer space.
1947 - Walt Disney testified before the House Un-American
2008 - Presidential candidate Barack Obama aired a 30-minute
infomercial on CBS, NBC, Fox, BET, Univision, MSNBC and TV
2008 - Many of the world's stock exchanges experienced their
worst declines in history - "Bloody Friday"
1938 - Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounced
swing music as "a degenerated musical system, turned
loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people."
1940 - Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. was named the first African
American general in the United States Army.
1962 - Nelson Mandela was sentenced to five years in prison.
1964 - The Rolling Stones appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1982 - Newhart premiered on CBS
1983 - Microsoft released Word, version 1
1993 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show made its television debut
on FOX, featured a intercut live cast performance.
1774 - The first Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.
1775 - King George III of Great Britain went before Parliament
to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorized
a military response to stop the American Revolution.
1776 - Benjamin Franklin went to France to seek French support
for the American Revolution.
1825 - From Albany, New York to Lake Erie, the Erie Canal
1861 - The Pony Express officially closed.
1881 - The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral takes place at Tombstone,
Arizona. The "OK" probably referred to two families,
Ormsby & Kimberly, who owned the nearby corral.
1936 - The first electric generator at Hoover Dam went into
1958 - Pan American Airways made the first commercial flight
of the Boeing 707, from New York City to Paris, France.
1984 - V (the series) premiered on NBC
1984 - "Baby Fae" received a heart transplant from
a baboon, and died three weeks later.
2001 - The United States passed the first Patriot Act.
312 - Constantine the Great saw the Vision of the Cross. "In
this sign, you shall conquer"
1275 - Amsterdam, in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, was founded.
1904 - The first underground New York City Subway line opened.
1955 - Rebel Without a Cause, starring James Dean was released.
It premiered the night before, at the Astor Theater in New
1961 - NASA tested the first Saturn I rocket in Mission Saturn-Apollo
1964 - Ronald Reagan delivered his "A Time for Choosing"
speech on behalf of Republican presidential candidate, Barry
1966 - It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown aired for the
first time (on CBS)
1996 - Pop-Up Video premieres on VH1.
1997 - Stock markets around the world crashed. The Dow Jones
Industrial Average fell 554.26 points (7.18%) to 7,161.15.
1420 - Beijing became the officially designated the capital
of the Ming dynasty on the same year that the Forbidden City,
the seat of government, was completed.
1492 - Christopher Columbus discovered Cuba.
1636 - The Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay
Colony established the first college in what would become
the United States, now known as Harvard University.
1886 - President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of
Liberty, in New York Harbor.
1929 - "Black Monday" on Wall Street, preceding
the Great Depression.
1943 - The supposed 'Philadelphia Experiment,' involving teleportation
or invisibility by the US Navy, took place with the destroyer
escort ship, the USS Eldridge. The US Navy maintains that
no such experiment occurred and details of the story contradict
'well-established facts about the Eldridge.'
1948 - Paul Müller was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine
for his discovery of the insecticidal properties of DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane).
1950 - The Jack Benny Show Premiered on CBS.
1962 - Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev ordered the removal
of Soviet missiles from Cuba, ending the "Cuban Missle
1965 - Construction on the 650 foot high St. Louis Arch was
1618 - Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded for conspiring against
James I of England.
1886 - The first ticker tape parade took place in New York
City when office workers spontaneously throw ticker tape into
the streets after the Statue of Liberty was dedicated.
1888 - The Convention of Constantinople was signed, guaranteeing
maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace.
1929 - "Black Tuesday" - The New York Stock Exchange
1966 - William Hartnell made his last appearance as the First
Doctor in the concluding moments of Episode 4 of the Doctor
Who serial 'The Tenth Planet'.
1967 - Montreal's World Fair - Expo 67 closed, with over 50
1971 - Rock Guitarist Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident.
1993- The very first "Got Milk?" commercial was
broadcast. It was directed by Michael Bay.
1998 - The Gothenburg discotheque fire in Sweden killed 63
students and injured 200 more.
1998 - Space Shuttle Discovery took off with 77-year old John
Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.
2012 - Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the United States,
killing 148 people directly and 138 in the aftermath.
1876 - Great Backeganj Cyclone, India (now Bangladesh)
1945 - Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signed
a contract for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the baseball
1938 - Orson Welles broadcast his radio play of H. G. Wells's
The War of the Worlds.
1947 - The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT),
later becoming the World Trade Organization (WTO), was founded.
1974 - The Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad
Ali and champion George Foreman took place in Kinshasa, Zaire.
Ali won by knockout, knocking Foreman down just before the
end of the eighth round.
1987 - NEC released the first 16-bit (fourth generation) video
game console, the PC Engine, in Japan. It was later sold around
the world under the name TurboGrafx-16.
2002 - Warren Zevon was featured on the Late Show with David
Letterman as the only guest for the entire hour, performing
several songs and spoke about being diagnosed with inoperable
683 - During the second Second Islamic Civil War and the Siege
of Mecca, the Kaaba caught fire and burned down.
1517 - Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the
Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.
1913 - Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, from Times Square
in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. It was
the first automobile highway going across United States.
1926 - Magician Harry Houdini died of gangrene and peritonitis
that developed after his appendix ruptured (after an unexpected
puch to the stomach a few days earlier).
1941 - Mount Rushmore is completed, featuring the sculpted
head of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt
and Abraham Lincoln.
1968 - "October Surprise" - Just before the US elections,
US President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that he had ordered
a complete cessation of "all air, naval, and artillery
bombardment of North Vietnam" effective November 1.
1969 - Wal-mart incorporated in Arkansas.
1991 - Are You Afraid of The Dark premiered on Nickelodeon
1998 - WKOW in Madison, Wisconsin became one of the first
high-definition broadcasts in digital television.
2011 - Today is the date that there were 7 billion people
living on Earth.