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October 1st to 31st Major and Important news items from each day click link to find more news for that day

October 1

1908 The Ford Model T introduced to the public

1910 Los Angeles Times building is bombed

1918 Lawrence of Arabia Forces capture Damascus from Turkish forces

1946 Mensa Created

1962 First Broadcast Of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

1964 Shinkansen network of high-speed railway lines opens in Japan

1971 Walt Disney World Resort Opens Orlando

1975 "Thrilla in Manilla" match Muhammad Ali beats Joe Fraser

1982 Epcot Opens Orlando , Florida

1985 Brixton Toxteth and Peckham Riots In UK

2005 Suicide Bombers Strike Bali

2009 Earthquake Sumatra

October 2

1944 Warsaw Uprising Ends

2005 Ethan Allen capsizes on Lake George

October 3

1955 "The Mickey Mouse Club" begins on ABC

2002 Sniper Attacks "Beltway Sniper." Washington DC

October 4

1927 Work Begins On Mount Rushmore

1957 The Space Race begins with Sputnik Launch

1970 Janis Joplin, is found dead

2002 John Walker Lindh is sentenced to 20 years

October 5

1962 Beatles Release First Single "Love Me Do"

1999 Train Crash Paddington, London

October 6

1926 Babe Ruth sets new record

1927 "The Jazz Singer" Premiers

1973 Yom Kippur War / Arab Israeli War Begins

1981 Anwar Sadat Assassinated

October 7

1919 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines of the Netherlands is founded

1959 Southend Pier Fire

1982 Musical "Cats" Opens On Broadway

1985 Achille Lauro Hihack

1985 Tottenham Riots London, England

Born in October

Julie Andrews
Born: 1st October 1st, 1935, Kulm, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England
Donald McLean
Born: 2nd October 1945
Simon Cowell
Born: 7th October 1959 Brighton, East Sussex
John Lennon
Born: 9th October 1940 Liverpool, England
Died: 8th December 1980, New York City, New York
Paul Simon
Born: October 13th, 1941, Newark, New Jersey, United States
David Dwight Eisenhower
Born: October 14, 1890, Denison, Texas
Died: March 28, 1969, Washington, D.C.
Lee Iacocca
Born: 15th October 1924, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Tom Petty
Born: October 20th, 1950, Gainesville, Florida USA
Died: October 2nd, 2017, Santa Monica, California, USA
Johnny Carson
Born: 23rd October 1925 Corning, Iowa
Died: 23rd January 2005 Los Angeles, California
Keith Urban
Born: 26th October 1967 Whangarei, New Zealand
Bill Gates
Born: 28th October 1955 Seattle, Washington
Jonas Salk
Born: 28th October 1914 New York City, New York
Henry Winkler
Born: 30th October 1945 New York, U.S.A.
October 8

1969 Days of Rage riots in Chicago

2004 Martha Stewart Found Guilty and Sentenced

October 9

1936 Hoover Dam Starts Producing Electricity

1967 Che Guevara Executed

2006 Google announces the purchase of YouTube

October 10

1913 The Panama Canal joined the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific ocean

1957 World's First Nuclear Accident Windscale

October 11

1921 Sleeping Sickness Deaths Increase

1968 Apollo 7, is launched from Cape Canaveral

1975 Saturday Night Live premiered

1982 The Mary Rose Raised In The Solent

October 12

1931 Johnny Weissmuller is chosen to play Tarzan

1962 The Columbus Day Storm strikes Northern California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia

1978 Sid Vicious Arrested For Murder

1984 Conservative Party Conference Bombing Grand Hotel in Brighton

2000 The USS Cole attacked by two suicide terrorists

October 13

1958 Paddington Bear Books Released

1960 Nixon - Kennedy Debate TV

1966 Strict New Apartheid Laws Take Effect In South Africa

2005 Apple introduce new iPod

October 14

1920 Wall Street Bombing

1928 Okeechobee Hurricane Strikes Florida

1932 Mahatma Gandhi begins his hunger strike

1997 Steve Jobs Returns to Apple

October 15

1924 Chinese Tong Wars in New York

1928 "Graf Zeppelin" completes it's transatlantic flight from Europe to America

1940 Charlie Chaplin's satirical comedy The Great Dictator opens

1973 Iceland / Britain Cod Wars

1987 The Great Storm of 1987 Strikes UK

2003 Staten Island Ferry Accident

From 1960s Homes Prices Page


Mansfield Ohio

Ranch Home Brick Exterior Large Living room open fireplace built in oven and range 3 bedrooms 1 1/2 baths full basement with recreation space


Chicago Illinois

Brick Ranch 3 bedrooms large garage


Lancaster Ohio

3 bedroom , stocked pond , barn on 20 Acres


Salisbury Maryland

Ranch Style 3 bedroom , large modern kitchen , living room , carport , utility room, large 100ft X 150 ft Plot

October 16

1978 Pope John Paul II Elected As New Pope

1991 Killeen, Texas Massacres

1995 Million Man March

October 17

1931 Scarface Al Capone found guilty of income tax evasion

1943 415-km Thailand Burma railroad ( Death Railway ) between Bangkok, Thailand and Rangoon, Burma is completed

1968 Black Power Salute Olympics

2003 Taipei 101 become the World's tallest highrise building

October 18

1898 The us takes formal possession of Island of Puerto Rico

1922 The British Broadcasting Company Is Formed

1954 Texas Instruments announces the Regency TR-1 Transistor radio

1968 Bob Beamon breaks the world long jump record In Mexico

October 19

1947 US minimum wage of 40 cents per hour

October 20

1955 Final Book Of The Lord Of The Rings Published

1973 Sydney Opera House Opens

1991 Oakland Firestorm

October 21

1879 Thomas Edison invented a commercially practical incandescent light

1944 First Japanese Kamikaze Attack

1966 Aberfan Disaster buried a junior school in Aberfan, Wales

1986 Antarctica scientists have been studying a huge hole that has appeared in the earths ozone layer over Antarctica

October 22

1910 Dr. Crippen Convicted Of Murder

1914 First Income Tax Laws

1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

1983 London CND March

2002 Washington Sniper claims his last victim and Arrested

October 23

1915 Suffrage Movement March In New York

1941 Dumbo is released

1963 "Doctor Who" Appears On British TV

1989 Phillips 66 Chemical Complex Explosion Houston, Texas

2002 Fifty Chechen rebels storm a Moscow Theatre taking 7,000 hostages

October 24

1929 Wall Street Crash ( Black Thursday )

1931 George Washington Bridge opened

1945 United Nations is formally established

2003 Concorde makes its final commercial passenger flight

From 1950s Fashions

Dyed Squirrel Clutch Cape 1955 Dyed Squirrel Clutch Cape
Price: $103.50
Brief little cape of fine imported squirrel... fur origin: Russia. Glamorous for the smaller woman over suits, dresses, coats. Graceful back, tuxedo front. Novelty acetate and rayon lining. Brown.

From 1920s Appliances Page

Gyrator Electric Washing Machine 1920s

Late Decade Electric Washing Machine

Price: $81.50

For the latest and best in washing machine design, this easy to move washing machine features the latest gyrator technology with no center post where clothes can be damaged, the attached wringer is made from the finest semi soft rubber.

1925 Frigidaire Electric Refrigerator

1925 Frigidaire

Price: $285.00

I included this Frigidaire Electric as the final Electric Item from the Twenties as it was significant in many ways 1. It was made by General Motors not General Electric. 2. The cost was pretty high and I suspect out of most people's reach and 3. It was sold by a dedicated salesman who visited your home rather than through a shop etc.

October 25

1944 Japanese deploy kamikaze suicide bombers against American warships

1952 The Mousetrap Opens In London's West End

1970 Pacific Glory Disaster

October 26

1956 Hungary October Revolution

October 27

1904 The New York subway opens

1970 Controlled Substance Act Becomes Law Outlawing Cannabis, marijuana, heroin and LSD amongst many others

October 28

1929 Wall Street crash ( Black Monday ) Through The Next Week

1942 Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) Completed

1965 The Gateway Arch St. Louis, Missouri is completed

October 29

1927 Italian Liner Mafalda Sinks

1948 Donora Pennsylvania Deadly Smog Cloud

1956 Israel Invades Egypt

1969 The first host-to-host connection over the ARPANET ( predecessor of the Internet ) is made when the first message is sent between two computers at University of California, Los Angeles

1986 M25 Completed In UK

October 30

1938 War of the Worlds Radio Play Causes Mass hysteria

1974 "Rumble In The Jungle" Muhammad Ali Vs George Foreman

October 31

1941 The Mt. Rushmore sculpture is completed

1956 Suez Canal Crisis

1984 Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was gunned down outside of her home by Sikh extremists