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This Day in History - October

Historical events for the month of October, by day:

1 Yosemite National Park was established. (1890)

1 The Television series "The Twilight Zone" premiered (1959)

1 Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida (1971)

2 Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schultz first appeared in newspapers (1950)

3 Captain Kangaroo premieres on television. (1955) 

3 The "Mickey Mouse Club" premieres on television. (1955)

3 Frank Robinson becomes major leagues baseball's first black manager for the Cleveland Indians. (1974)

4 The Orient Express train takes off on its first trip from Paris to Istanbul. (1883)

4 Founder Julian Assange launches WikiLeaks. (2006)

5 The World Series was broadcast on radio for the first time (1921)

6 Thomas Edison showed the 1st motion picture (1889)

6 The first Physician's Assistants graduate from Duke University (1967)

6 "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" premieres on television. (2000)

7 "Cats" premieres on Broadway, the second longest running play ever. (1982)

8  The Great Chicago Fire levels 3 1/2 square miles of the city. According to legend, it was started by Mrs. O'Leary's cow. (1871)

9 The general public was first admitted into the Washington Monument. (1888)

9 Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus performs its last show, a victim of falling attendance, animal rights protests, and high operating cost. (2018)

10 Griswald Lorillard of Tuxedo Park, NY cuts the tails off a tailcoat, creating the first tuxedo. (1886)

10 Spiro Agnew becomes just the second person to resign as Vice President of the United States.  Pleaded no contest to income tax evasion(1973)

11 Saturday Night Live premieres on television. (1975)

11 Space Shuttle Challenger astronaut Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space. (1984)

12 The very first Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany (1810)

13 The cornerstone was laid for the Whitehouse. (1792)

13 The U.S. Continental Navy was created. See Navy Day

14 Martin Luther King Jr was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1964)

15 "I Love Lucy Show" premiered on television. (1951)

15 U.S. Department of Transportation was created (1966)

16 Marie Antoinette was guillotined for treason. (1793)

16 Cuban Missile crisis begins. (1962)

17 Mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion. (1931)

18 The United States purchased the territory of Alaska from Russia for $7.2M. What a deal that was!! (1867)

19 The Senate passed a bill making Martin Luther King's Birthday a national holiday. (1983)

19 The Revolutionary War ended. (1781)

21 "Old Ironsides", the USS Constitution was launched in Boston, MA. (1797)

21 Thomas Edison invented the incandescent electric lamp. (1879)

23 25,000 women marched in New York City demanding the right to vote. (1915)

24 Black Thursday stock market panic. Investors panicked and dumped over 13 million shares of stock. The market then rallied for a few days before the crash on October 29. (1929)

24 The United Nations came into existence. (1945)

24 Anna Edison Taylor is the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. (1901)

25 U.S. forces invade Grenada. (1983)

26 The Erie Canal opens, connecting Lake Erie to the Hudson River. (1825)

26 The "Gunfight at the OK Corral" occurs. Wyatt Earp, his two brothers, and "Doc" Holliday, have a shootout with the Ike Clanton gang. (1881)

26 The Erie Canal opens, connecting Lake Erie to the Hudson River to commercial shipping. It is the first manmade waterway . (1825)

27 President Theodore Roosevelt's birthday. (1858) The "Teddy bear" was named after him.

28 Harvard University is founded in Cambridge, MA. (1636)

28 France presents the U.S. with the statute of Liberty. (1886)

28 The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is completed. It was built as a tribute to Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase. (1965)

29 The New York Stock Exchange crashed on what became known as "Black Tuesday", starting the Great Depression. Prices plummeted and billions of dollars were lost. (1929)

29 The Internet is created when the first bits and bytes of data are sent between computers at UCLA and Stanford Research Institute.(1969)

30 Orson Wells' "War of the Worlds" is broadcast on the radio, sparking panic as listeners believed the news bulletins about a Martian invasion. (1938)

31 Magician Harry Houdini dies from complications of a ruptured appendix. (1926)

31 Indian Prime Minister Indira Ghandi was assassinated. (1984)

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