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October 15 | Facts

October 15 | Facts

1860 Eleven-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard. 1914 With the support of President Wilson, the Clayton Antitrust Act, which made it illegal for companies to buy competitors’ stock, was passed. 1917 Mata Hari, World War I spy, was executed by a firing squad in Vincennes, France. 1951 […]

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October 14 | Facts

October 14 | Facts

1066 The Normans, under William the Conqueror, defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings. 1933 Nazi Germany withdrew from the Geneva disarmament conference and the League of Nations. 1947 U.S. Air Force Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound. 1964 Martin Luther King, Jr., was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in civil […]

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October 13 | Facts

October 13 | Facts

1775 The Continental Congress authorized the construction of a naval fleet. 1792 The cornerstone of the White House was laid. 1843 The Jewish organization B’nai B’rith was founded. 1903 Boston defeated Pittsburgh in the first World Series. 1943 Italy declared war on Germany, its former Axis partner, during World War II. 1974 Ed Sullivan died in New York City at age 72. 1981 Egypt’s vice […]

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October 12 | Facts

October 12 | Facts

1492 Columbus landed in present-day Bahamas. 1870 Gen. Robert E. Lee died in Lexington, Va., at age 63. 1960 Soviet premier Nikita Krushchev created a disturbance at the U.N. General Assembly by pounding his desk with his shoe. 1964 The Soviets launched Voskhod I, the first space capsule to carry three people into orbit. 1999 NBA Hall-of-Famer Wilt Chamberlain died at his Bel Air home […]

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October 11 | Facts

October 11 | Facts

1779 Polish patriot and American Revolutionary War commander Casimir Pulaski was killed in the battle of Savannah. 1899 The Boer War began in South Africa. 1915 English nurse Edith Cavell was executed by the Germans. 1939 A letter from Albert Einstein was delivered to President Franklin D. Roosevelt concerning the possibility of atomic weapons. 1962 The first session of Vatican II was convened by Pope […]

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October 10 | Facts

October 10 | Facts

  1845 The U.S. Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Md. 1886 The tuxedo dinner jacket made its debut at a ball in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. 1911 Sun Yat-sen’s revolutionaries overthrew the Manchu dynasty in China. 1935 George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess debuted on Broadway. 1943 Chiang Kai-shek took the oath of office as president of China. 1970 Fiji gained its independence from Great Britain. […]

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October 9 | Facts

October 9 | Facts

1635 Religious dissident and Rhode Island founder, Roger Williams, was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 1888 For the first time the public was admitted to the Washington Monument. 1930 Aviator Laura Ingalls became the first woman to make a solo transcontinental flight across the United States. 1967 Che Guevara was executed in Bolivia. 1975 Soviet scientist Andrei Sakharov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize […]

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October 8 | Facts

October 8 | Facts

1869 The 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, died in Concord, N.H. 1871 The Great Fire of Chicago started. That same day in Peshtigo, Wis., the worst forest fire in U.S. history also began. 1934 Bruno Hauptmannn was indicted for the murder of Charles Lindbergh’s baby. 1945 President Harry Truman announced the U.S. would share the secret of the atomic bomb only with […]

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October 7 | Facts

October 7 | Facts

1765 The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England. 1849 Poet-writer Edgar Allan Poe died at age 40. 1949 The Republic of East Germany was formed. 1968 The Motion Picture Association of America adopted its film-rating system, ranging from “G” for general audiences to “X” for adults only. 1982 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats,” the longest running show in […]

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October 6 | Facts

October 6 | Facts

1927 “The Jazz Singer,” the first full-length talking picture, starring Al Jolson, debuted. 1949 Japanese-American broadcaster, Iva Toguri D’Aquino (Tokyo Rose), was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000 for treason. 1973 The Yom Kippur War began when Syria and Egypt attacked Israel. 1979 President Jimmy Carter received Pope John Paul II, the first pope to visit the White House. 1981 Egypt’s President […]

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