October —This Month in History


Some interesting things have happened in the month of October over the years.

October 1

Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida in 1971.

October 2

The Twilight Zone premiered in 1959. In 1950, Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schultz first appeared in newspapers.

October 3

Frank Robinson became major leagues baseball’s first black manager for the Cleveland Indians in 1974.

October 5

Game 1 of the 1921 World Series was the first to ever be broadcast on radio.

October 6

Thomas Edison showed the first motion picture in 1889. The first Physician’s Assistants graduated from Duke University in 1967.

October 11

In 1984, the Space Shuttle Challenger astronaut Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space.

October 12

The first Oktoberfest was celebrated in Munich in 1810 in honor of Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began Oct. 12, 1810, and lasted for almost a week, until Oct. 17.

October 14 

Martin Luther King Jr was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

October 15

I Love Lucy premiered on television in 1951. In 1966, the U.S. Department of Transportation was created.

October 16

Marie Antoinette was guillotined for treason on this day in 1793.

October 17

Mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion in 1931.

October 19

The Senate passed a bill making Martin Luther King’s Birthday a national holiday in 1983.

October 23

In 1915, over 25,000 women marched up Fifth Avenue in New York City to advocate for women’s suffrage, demanding the right to vote.

October 24

The United Nations came into existence in 1945. In 1901, Anna Edison Taylor was the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

October 26

The Erie Canal opened in 1825, connecting Lake Erie to the Hudson River.

In 1881, the Gunfight at the OK Corral occurred when Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and Doc Holliday, had a shootout with the Ike Clanton gang.

October 27

President Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday (1858).

October 28

France presented the U.S. with the Statue of Liberty in 1886. In 1965, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was completed.  In 1929, the New York Stock Exchange crashed on what came to be known as “Black Tuesday,” starting the Great Depression.

October 31

In 1984, Indian Prime Minister Indira Ghandi was assassinated.

Source http://holidayinsights.com/history/history10.htm


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