October 5 | Facts

October 5 | Facts

1877 Chief Joseph surrendered to the U.S. Army. 1910 King Manuel II was overnthrown in a revolution and Portugal became a republic. 1921 The World Series was broadcast on the radio for the first time. 1947 In the first televised White House address, President Truman urged Americans to refrain from eating meat on Tuesdays and poultry on Sundays to help starving people in other countries. […]

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October 4 | Facts

October 4 | Facts

1887 The International Herald Tribune was published for the first time. 1895 The first U.S. Open Golf tournament was held in Newport, Rhode Island. 1957 The Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, into orbit around the earth, ushering in the Space Age and Space Race. 1965 Pope Paul VI made the first visit to the Western Hemisphere by a reigning pope. He came […]

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October 3 | Facts

October 3 | Facts

1226 St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order, died. 1863 President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. 1922 Rebecca L. Felton became the first woman U.S. Senator when she was appointed to serve out the term of Senator Thomas E. Watson. 1929 The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes formally changed its name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. 1955 […]

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October 2 | Facts

October 2 | Facts

1919 President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke, which left him partially paralyzed. 1944 The two-month-long Warsaw Uprising was squelched by Nazi troops battling the Polish underground. 1950 The “Peanuts” comic strip, by Charles M. Schultz, first appeared in newspapers. 1958 Guinea proclaimed its independence from France. 1967 Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. 1998 Gene […]

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October 1 | Facts

October 1 | Facts

1800 Spain ceded Louisiana to France in the secret Treaty of San Ildefonso. 1908 Henry Ford introduced the first mass-produced automobile on the market—the Model T car to the market. Each car cost $825. 1936 General Francisco Franco became head of the insurgent Spanish government. 1961 Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run of the season, breaking Babe Ruth’s record […]

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September 30 | Facts

September 30 | Facts

1791 Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute premiered in Vienna, Austria. 1927 Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run. The record stood until Roger Maris hit 61 in 1961. Mark McGwire beat Maris’s record in 1998 by hitting 70 and Barry Bonds topped this in 2001 with 73. 1938 Britain and France surrendered to Germany’s demands concerning the Sudetenland, and signed the Munich Pact. 1946 Twenty-two […]

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September 29 | Facts

September 29 | Facts

1399 King Richard II became the first English monarch to abdicate his throne. 1829 Sir Robert Peel’s police force, the “bobbies,” began operations at Scotland Yard. 1895 French chemist Louis Pasteur died. 1978 John Paul I died one month after becoming pope. 1982 Seven people died after taking Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide. This led to the use of safety seals on most consumer […]

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September 28 | Facts

September 28 | Facts

1066 William the Conqueror invaded England. 1542 Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo arrived at present-day San Diego. 1781 The closing campaign of the American Revolution at Yorktown Heights, Va. began. 1920 Eight Chicago White Sox players were indicted for fixing the 1919 World Series in the “Black Sox scandal.” 1924 Two U.S. Army planes landed in Seattle after completing the first round-the-world-flight in 175 days. […]

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September 27 | Facts

September 27 | Facts

1540 Pope Paul III approved the charter for the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), founded by St. Ignatius Loyola. 1939 Warsaw, Poland, was surrendered to the Nazis after weeks of resistance. 1959 Typhoon Vera battered the Japanese island of Honshu, killing almost 5,000 people. 1964 The Warren Commission report concluded that there was no conspiracy in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; Lee Harvey Oswald […]

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September 26 | Facts

September 26 | Facts

1789 Thomas Jefferson was appointed America’s first Secretary of State. 1820 Frontiersman, Daniel Boone, died in Missouri. 1914 The Federal Trade Commission was established. 1950 United Nations troops recaptured Seoul, the capital of South Korea, from the North Koreans. 1960 Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took part in the first televised presidential debate. 1986 William H. Rehnquist was sworn as the 16th chief […]

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