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October 1st Major News Events

  1. 1964 Japan High Speed Trains
  2. 1908 The Ford Model T was introduced to the public
  3. 1946 Mensa Created
  4. 1962 James Meredith registered at the University of Mississippi accompanied by 400 U.S. deputy marshals and 1000 troops
  5. 1971 Walt Disney World Resort Opens
  6. 1982 U.S.A. Epcot Opens

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1 Oct, 1964 Japan High Speed Trains

1964 : The Shinkansen (Bullet Train) network of high-speed railway lines in Japan opens to coincide with the Tokyo Olympics with the first trains traveling at 210 km/h (130 mph). The current models can achieve speeds in excess of 300 MPH.

1 Oct, 1946 Germany War Crimes

1946 : Twelve high ranking Nazis are sentenced to death by the International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg including Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi minister of foreign affairs. Hermann Goering, founder of the Gestapo and chief of the German air force. Wilhelm Frick, minister of the interior. Seven others, including Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's former deputy, were given prison sentences ranging from 10 years to life. Three others were acquitted.

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1 Oct, 1908 U.S.A. Ford Model T

1908 : The Ford Model T was introduced to the public and was the first car that was affordable and reliable for the ordinary citizen of the United States. Known as the "Tin Lizzie," it was the first car built using mass production methods and had seating for two people. When it was first introduced it cost $850. By the time it was discontinued in 1927, nearly 15,000,000 Model T's had been sold.

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1 Oct, 1910 U.S.A. Los Angeles Times

1910 : The Los Angeles Times building is bombed with dynamite causing the death of twenty one people. Union organizers were believed to be responsible due to the ongoing fight between the publisher and local unions.

1 Oct, 1918 Syria Lawrence of Arabia

1918 : Arab and British forces commanded by Lawrence of Arabia capture Damascus from Turkish forces.

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1 Oct, 1921 Ireland Negotiations

1921 : Negotiations are to start in London again between Eamonn De Valera (Sinn Feine) and Lloyd George concerning the future of Ireland. Great Britain have repeatedly said they would prefer to fight with Ireland than give the full independence Ireland wants because Great Britain would feel vulnerable with Ireland not still a member of the British Empire. Both sides would prefer a compromise than a fight so it is hoped that this meeting can provide a solution that all will be happy with.

1 Oct, 1933 Soviet Union Religion

1933 : Since the communist revolution in the Soviet Union the state has been trying to suppress religion due to it's anti god idealism, but small protestant groups in rural areas continue to survive as martyrs to their faith.

From 1920s Fashions Page

Twenties Men's Fedora

Men's Fedora 1921 1920's Men's Fedora
Price: $2.98

The Canyon. Men's Alpine or Fedora style fur felt hat. Raw edge brim. Colors include olive, dark brown, or black.

Rolling Brim Sailor Hat Rolling Brim Sailor Hat
Price $4.98
Rolling brim sailor of silk velour. Excellent for sports or dress wear. Silk grosgrain ribbon band around crown, terminating in a large tailored bow with ends at side. Colors come in navy blue, rose, Copen, purple, brown, or taupe.

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.

1 Oct, 1936 Spain Franco

1936 : General Francisco Franco is named head of the rebel Nationalist government in Spain.

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1 Oct, 1937 Marihuana (Marijuana) Tax Act

1937 : The US House of Representatives passed The Marihuana Tax Act, Pub. 238, 75th Congress, 50 Stat. 551 the bill was an important bill on the path that led to the criminalization of cannabis. It stipulated that pot could not be sold without a license and licenses were never issued.

1 Oct, 1942 Canada Wheat Harvest

1942 : As the Wheat Harvest comes to an end the United States and Canada now have enough wheat to feed the free world due to the best crop seen in modern times, bread will be in plentiful supply throughout the free world.

1 Oct, 1943 World War II Allies Naples

1943 : Allies marched into Naples as part of the Italian offensive on the road to Rome.

1 Oct, 1946 UK Mensa Created

1946 : Mensa the well known high-IQ society is formed which is non political and free from all social distinctions (racial, religious, etc.). The society is created by Roland Berrill and Dr. Lancelot Ware, the only qualification for membership being a high IQ in the top 98th percentile, membership is estimated to be over 100,000 worldwide. Over the years Mensa has attracted some surprising members including boxers, actors and actresses, writers, politicians and inventors.

Mensa Logo

1 Oct, 1949 Island of Formosa

1949 : Following the communist revolution led by Mao Tse Tung in China, the defeated Nationalists under Chiang Kai-shek fled to Taiwan and took control of the island of Formosa. By the end of the year the Chinese Nationalist government moved from the Chinese mainland to Formosa.

1 Oct, 1954 U.S.A. Oppenheimer

1954 : Dr J Robert Oppenheimer the controversial nuclear scientist has been re-elected as the director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University New Jersey.

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1 Oct, 1957 UK Asian Flu

1957 : Following on from the many thousands killed during the world wide Asian Flu pandemic around the globe with estimates that as many as 60,000 deaths recorded in the United States alone. The British Health Service is making available a free vaccine which requires two injections within a three week period to provide protection. The numbers of units is not yet sufficient for all, all medical staff will receive first priority followed by the elderly, young children and those with heart or lung disease.

1 Oct, 1962 U.S.A. Segregation

1962 : James Meredith registered at the University of Mississippi accompanied by 400 U.S. deputy marshals and 1000 troops to guard the campus from further trouble. Meredith broke the school's 110 year history of segregation by being the first African-American student to attend classes at the University of Mississippi. Two days prior to his registration, rioting broke out at the University, resulting in 75 injured and 2 deaths.

James Meredith Public Domain Image

1 Oct, 1962 First Carson Tonight Show Broadcast

1962 : The late night talk show "The Tonight Show" starring Johnny Carson is broadcast for the first time from New York City by NBC, he retired from the show in 1992 when the current presenter Jay Leno started as the presenter.

1 Oct, 1966 First Loss of a DC9

1966 : The first major DC9 accident occurs when a DC9 built by Douglas crashes. West Coast Airlines Flight 956 travelling between Seattle, Washington and San Francisco, California crashes in an un-populated section of the Mount Hood National Forest with the loss of life for all 13 passengers and 5 crew members.

1 Oct, 1968 China Purge

October 1st, 1968 : Red China is now celebrating 20 years of rule by Mao Tse-tung and insists the purge of enemies to his rule will continue, it is now 2 years since the Great Cultural Revolution started which set out to purge and purify the 17 million members of the party, it is estimated 500,000 people were in the Heavenly Peace Square in Peking to celebrate 20 years of Mao Tse-tung rule.

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1 Oct, 1970 Mourners Crushed During Nasser's Funeral

1970 : The Funeral Procession for President Abdel Nasser on the streets of Cairo turns from a solemn occasion to a tragedy as dozens of mourners are crushed to death due to the large numbers (estimated that five million mourners lined the streets) of grief-stricken Egyptians who wished to pay their respect to the dead President.

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1 Oct, 1971 Walt Disney World Resort Opens

October 1st, 1971 : Walt Disney World Resort Opens in Orlando Florida, the resort opened with the Magic Kingdom theme park featuring the Cinderella Castle at it's center and has since added Epcot and the others. The project had begun way back in 1959 after the success of Disneyland in California (opened 1955), and because he did not want land speculators to realize what he was up to he bought land through dummy corporations 27,400 acres in the area. The Walt Disney World Resort is not actually in Orlando as it is outside city limits.

1 Oct, 1975 Philippines Muhammad Ali

1975 : The Funeral Procession for President Abdel Nasser on the streets of Cairo turns from a solemn occasion to a tragedy as dozens of mourners are crushed to death due to the large numbers (estimated that five million mourners lined the streets) of grief-stricken Egyptians who wished to pay their respect to the dead President.

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1 Oct, 1976 Swine Flu Fever

October 1st, 1976 : The largest immunization program in US history starts today as Americans throughout the nation roll up their sleeves for shots to stop the new deadly disease of Swine Flu Fever which is expected to appear later in the winter. This flu is closely related to the flu strain outbreak in 1918 - 1919 that killed over 500,000 Americans.

1 Oct, 1976 CN Tower Official Opening

1976 : The CN tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada the worlds tallest free standing structure Height with Antenna/Spire 1,815.4 ft, on land in the world officially opens. The construction of the tower had started in February 1973 and opened to the public on June 26, 1976. It held the title for over 30 years until the Burj Dubai in the United Arab Emirates overtakes it.

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1 Oct, 1982 Cyanide Poisoning

October 1st, 1982 : The 7th and final victim from cyanide poisoning from laced Tylenol capsules dies. The crime of the laced capsules in Chicago Suburbs was never solved but did change the way many pills and other foodstuff is protected to stop tampering.

1 Oct, 1982 U.S.A. Epcot Opens

1982 : EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) theme park opens at Walt Disney World, Florida, Epcot is the second Disney park to open in Florida and features international culture and a number of future world pavilions each featuring innovations and applications of technology. The World Showcase features pavilions representing eleven countries from around the world including culture, history, foods and shops selling some of the goods you would find in each country.

1 Oct, 1985 U.S.A. AIDS

October 1st, 1985 : The public health service agency has issued a master plan to combat the spread of AIDS and has stated that an AIDS vaccine is unlikely to be available till 1990. In other parts of the plan they have concluded the only way to stop the spread is through education for the most at risk groups.

1 Oct, 1985 United Kingdom Riots

1985 : In the second night of race riots in Toxteth and Peckham, police in riot gear have closed off areas of Liverpool and London in an effort to contain continued outbreaks of violence and vandalism with gangs of youths throwing petrol bombs and setting shops alight.

1 Oct, 1987 U.S.A. Earthquake

October 1st, 1987 : A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Whittier, California, killing 6 people and injuring 100 more.

1 Oct, 1988 Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev

1988 : Mikhail Gorbachev names himself head of the Supreme Soviet.

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1 Oct, 1989 Denmark Registered Partnership

October 1st, 1989 : Denmark become the first country in the world to enact a law "Registered Partnership" which grants same sex couples nearly all of the rights and responsibilities of marriage.

1 Oct, 1992 U.S.A. Ross Perot

1992 : Ross Perot has formally announced he will run in the upcoming presidential race against Bill Clinton and President Bush , he has stated the reason he is running is the government is in a mess and neither party has addressed the needs and concerns of the ordinary voter. His meager standing in the latest polls may well mean he can not win but his entry will effect the race for the Presidency.

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1 Oct, 1993 U.S.A. Polly Klaas

October 1st, 1993 : Polly Klaas (12) is kidnapped at knife point from her Petaluma, Calif., home during a slumber party and later raped and murdered. Her grandfather Joe Klaas was a strong advocate of California Proposition 66 to "fix the flaw in the law" of the Three strikes law known as "habitual offender laws" which requires state courts to hand down a mandatory and extended period of incarceration to persons who have been convicted of a serious criminal offense on three or more separate occasions.

1 Oct, 1997 U.S.A. Fen-phen Withdrawn

1997 : Following the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) request for the withdrawal of Fen-phen from the market due to problems identified with valvular heart disease and pulmonary hypertension, American Home Products (Wyeth) withdraws the anti-obesity medication from the market. Currently more than 50,000 product liability lawsuits had been filed by alleged Fen-phen victims with estimates of total liability in excess of $10 billion.

1 Oct, 1998 Protests Over Fujimori Third Term

October 1st, 1998 : Trade Unions have called a one day strike in protest at President Alberto Fujimori plans to stand for election for a third term. Many of those protesting have also stormed the presidential palace in the capital, Lima, Peru where soldiers and police fire shots into the air to disperse the several hundred protesters.

1 Oct, 2004 Bush - Kerry Debate

2004 : The long awaited debate between President George W Bush and the democratic challenger John Kerry ended as a dead heat with no real new words by either candidate and neither making bad mistakes in what could appear to be a well rehearsed TV show, not a debate for the most powerful job on Earth.

1 Oct, 2005 Bali Suicide Bombers

October 1st, 2005 : Suicide bombers strike three restaurants in two tourist areas on the Indonesian island of Bali killing 22.

1 Oct, 2006 UK New Minimum Wage

2006 : New Minimum wages come into effect in the UK:

16 to 17 years old £3.30

18 to 21 years old £4.45

Over 21 years old £5.35 equiv to US $10.03

The US federal minimum wage in 2007 was $5.85 but does range up to $7.80 (Oregon Current Highest) depending on State Laws.

1 Oct, 2006 Thailand Interim Prime Minister

October 1st, 2006 : Surayud Chulanont, a retired general, was chosen to be Thailand’s interim prime minister by coup leaders.

1 Oct, 2007 United States Sub Prime Losses

2007 : Major Financial Institutions including Citigroup, Credit Suisse and Swiss Bank UBS report lower earnings due to US sub-prime mortgage market losses.

1 Oct, 2007 Yemen Volcano Eruption

October 1st, 2007 : A volcano erupted on the small al-Tair island of Yemen in the Red Sea, killing a total of eight people.

1 Oct, 2009 Indonesia Earthquake Sumatra

2009 : A second Earthquake on the Island of Sumatra registering 6.8 follows the first quake of 7.6 close to the Sumatran city of Padang. The death toll so far is in excess of 1,000 with more than 3,000 who are still trapped under rubble. International efforts are underway with Rescue teams from several countries on route to the Island with specialist equipment, medical supplies and food and shelter. The quakes close to the city of Pedang have caused wide scale devastation but concerns for those in outlying areas are growing because many of these areas are cut off and difficult to access.

1 Oct, 2011 Plane Crashes Into Ferris Wheel Near Sydney

October 1st, 2011 : A small Cheetah S200 plane crashed into a Ferris wheel leaving four people trapped. Two men on the plane and two Ferris wheel passengers were stuck for a while before a crane was used to rescue them.

1 Oct, 2011 Libya Sirte Heavy Fighting

2011 : In the Libyan City of Sirte where many believe Muammar Gaddafi is hiding heavy fighting for control of the city continues between rebels and forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

1 Oct, 2012 Tourist Bus Fire in China

October 1st, 2012 : Six people died after a tourist bus caught fire in Tianjin near Beijing, China. The bus ran into a truck and caught on fire, five of the deaths were German tourists.

1 Oct, 2013 US Government Shuts Down

2013 : The United States government stopped all non-essential functions after Congress failed to reach a deal on the budget. The shut down meant that national parks and museums would be closed and hundreds of thousands of workers would not be able to go to work.

1 Oct, 2013 Military Parade in South Korea

October 1st, 2013 : South Korea holds one of its biggest military parades in nearly ten years according to officials, amid tensions with North Korea. The parade displayed large weapons like torpedoes and cruise missiles. The parade was meant as a celebration of South Korea's armed forces and their 65th anniversary.

Born This Day In History October 1

Celebrating Birthdays Today

James Earl Carter, Jr.

Born: October 1, 1924, Plains, Georgia

Known For : He was US president from 1977 to 1981 and the Governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975. His administration dealt with several economic issues like stagflation (high inflation and high unemployment) and an energy crisis. He was also president during the Iran Hostage Crisis, a high-stakes event in which he worked to solve but took on much of the blame for several failures related to trying to free the US diplomats being held hostage. Carter was seen as a mostly ineffectual president at the time and has become more well-known for his post-presidency philanthropic work.

Celebrating Birthdays Today

Julie Andrews

Born: 1st October 1st, 1935, Kulm, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England

Known For : Julie Andrews is award-winning English actress, singer and who is now Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews. She is well known for a number of roles but possibly the most famous being Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. She has won numerous awards including Best Actress Academy Award for Mary Poppins.


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6. Name three of the bands that were part of the "British Invasion" in the 1960s?

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7. What was Elvis Presley's first hit in 1956?

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8. In 1959, a plane crashed killing three popular musicians of the time, who were they?

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9. In what year did MTV (Music Television) premiere and what was the first music video the channel aired?

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10. In the late 1990s a new wave of "Bubblegum Pop" artists/bands became popular, who were some of these artists/bands?