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October 14
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1947
Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier
U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. Yeager, born in Myra, West Virginia, in 1923, was a combat fighter during World War II and flew 64 missions over Europe. He shot down 13 German planes and was himself shot down over France, but he esc... read more
Art, Literature, and Film History
1892
"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" published
1957
"Wake Up Little Susie" becomes the Everly Brothers' first #1 hit
1994
"Pulp Fiction" opens in theaters
Black History
1964
Martin Luther King, Jr. wins Nobel Peace Prize
Cold War
1962
Cuban Missile Crisis begins
1964
Nikita Khrushchev ousted as premier of Soviet Union
Crime
1975
Trial begins in Amityville murders
Great Britain
1066
The Battle of Hastings
U.S. Presidents
1890
Dwight D. Eisenhower is born
1912
Theodore Roosevelt shot in Milwaukee
Vietnam War
1968
U.S. servicemen sent to Vietnam for second tours
World War I
1918
Adolf Hitler wounded in British gas attack
World War II
1944
German General Erwin Rommel-aka "The Desert Fox"-dies by suicide
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October 15
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1917
Dancer and spy Mata Hari is executed
Dancer, courtesan and alleged spy Mata Hari is executed for espionage by a French firing squad at Vincennes outside of Paris. She first came to Paris in 1905 and found fame as a performer of Asian-inspired dances. She soon began touring all over Europe, telling the story of how she was bor... read more
SOVIET UNION
1990
Mikhail Gorbachev wins Nobel Peace Prize
Civil War
1863
H.L. Hunley sinks during tests
Crime
1948
A murderous husband is executed
Inventions & Science
2004
"Funeral coaches" exempted from car-seat law
Native American History
1880
Chiricahua Apache leader Victorio is killed south of El Paso, Texas
Sports
1989
Wayne Gretzky breaks NHL points record
U.S. Presidents
1948
Gerald Ford marries Elizabeth Bloomer
U.S. Government
1991
Clarence Thomas confirmed to the Supreme Court
Vietnam War
1965
Draft card burning demonstrations staged across the country
World War II
1945
Vichy leader executed for treason
1946
High-ranking Nazi leader Hermann Göring dies
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October 16
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1934
The Long March
The embattled Chinese Communists break through Nationalist enemy lines and begin an epic flight from their encircled headquarters in southwest China. Known as Ch'ang Cheng — the "Long March" — the retreat lasted 368 days and covered 6,000 miles, more than twice the distance from New York to San Francisc... read more
1980s
1987
Baby Jessica rescued from a well as the world watches
Abolitionist Movement
1859
John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry
Art, Literature, and Film History
1847
Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre" is published in London
1854
Celebrated writer Oscar Wilde is born
1923
Walt Disney Company is founded
BLACK HISTORY
1995
Million Man March
China
1964
China joins A-bomb club
Crime
1991
Twenty-three diners massacred at Texas restaurant
France
1793
Marie Antoinette is beheaded
Inventions & Science
1958
Chevrolet introduces the El Camino
Sports
1968
Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their fists at the 1968 Olympics
1996
Stampede kills 84 at World Cup match
U.S. Presidents
1854
Abraham Lincoln speaks out against slavery
Vietnam War
1973
Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho awarded Nobel Peace Prize
World War II
1946
Nazi war criminals executed
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October 17
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1931
Al Capone goes to prison
On October 17, 1931, gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion and fined $80,000, signaling the downfall of one of the most notorious criminals of the 1920s and 1930s. Alphonse Gabriel Capone was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1899 to Italian immigrants. He was expelled f... read more
1980s
1986
U.S. aid to Contras signed into law
American Revolution
1777
Americans win more than a battle at Saratoga
Art, Literature, and Film History
1974
"Benji" opens in theaters
Crime
1906
A shoemaker leads German soldiers in a robbery
SPORTS
1989
Oakland-San Francisco World Series game postponed because of earthquake
Middle East
1973
OPEC enacts oil embargo
Natural Disasters & Environment
1989
Loma Prieta earthquake strikes near San Francisco
U.S. Presidents
1974
President Ford explains his pardon of Nixon to Congress
Westward Expansion
1835
The first resolution formally creating the Texas Rangers is approved
World War I
1912
Serbia and Greece declare war on Ottoman Empire in First Balkan War
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October 18
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1867
U.S. takes possession of Alaska
The U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million. The Alaska purchase was championed by William Henry Seward, the secretary of state under President Andrew Johnson.On October 18, 1867, the U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasi... read more
American Revolution
1767
Mason and Dixon draw a line, dividing the colonies
Art, Literature, and Film History
1974
Soul singer Al Green is attacked in his own bathtub
1988
"Roseanne" debuts
China
1860
Peking's Summer Palace destroyed
Crime
1968
John Lennon and Yoko Ono arrested for drug possession
Exploration
1469
Ferdinand of Aragon marries Isabella of Castile
Inventions & Science
1931
Thomas Edison dies
1933
R. Buckminster Fuller tries to patent his Dymaxion Car
Sports
1977
Reggie Jackson—aka "Mr. October"—hits three homers in three swings
U.S. Government
1972
Clean Water Act becomes law
United States
1898
U.S. takes control of Puerto Rico
World War I
1916
British soldier Harry Farr executed for cowardice
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