This month in History

This month in History: October 2018

General events not linked to a date:

National Apple Month

National Applejack Month

National Caramel Month

National Cookbook Month

National Cookie Month

National Dessert Month

National Pasta Month

National Pickled Peppers Month

National Pizza Month

National Popcorn Poppin’ Month

National Pork Month

National Pretzel Month

National Seafood Month

Second Weekend in October: National Kegger Weekend

1 October

Homemade Cookies Day

National Pumpkin Spice Day

World Vegetarian Day

1908 The Ford Model T introduced to the public

– History of the Model T Ford

– Henry Ford builds a city in the Amazon. I didn’t know that!

1910 Los Angeles Times building is bombed

1918 Lawrence of Arabia Forces capture Damascus from Turkish forces

1924 Jimmy’s Carter Birthday

– write up on Jimmy Carter

1946 Mensa Created

1962 First Broadcast Of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

1964 Shinkansen network of high-speed railway lines open 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

2 October

World Farm Animals Day

1869 Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (1869 – 1948)

‘Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.’ Mahatma Gandi

– biography on Brittanica

– History channel has another great biography written up about this remarkable man.

1944 Warsaw Uprising Ends

1950 ‘Peanuts’ First Published

– Peanuts have his own website

– The Charles M Schulz Museum

– find daily Peanuts comics here

2005 Ethan Allen capsized on Lake George

– 21 people died in this disaster. Popular Mechanics investigated

3 October

National Soft Taco Day

1189 Richard I (The Lionheart) crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey

– Lords and Ladies. Great website with everything middle ages

1906 SOS Established

– What is the meaning of SOS? on

What does SOS stand for?

– What is Cryptography?

– Morse code activity

– Cryptography for Kids

1916 James Herriot’s Birthday (1916 – 1995)

– James Herriot museum, World of James Herriot

– James Herriot, my favourite book from his pen

1955 “The Mickey Mouse Club” begins on ABC

1969 Fernsehturm Berlin (Television Tower) in Berlin completed

– Wiki page

Facts and statistics on Great Towers

Berlin Television Tower

2002 Sniper Attacks “Beltway Sniper.” Washington DC

4 October (DAD’S BDAY!!)

Child Health Day

National Taco Day

1925 Teaching the theory of evolution became illegal in Tennessee.

1927 Work Begins On Mount Rushmore

1957 The Space Race begins with Sputnik Launch

1970 Janis Joplin, is found dead

1984 A section of Central Park is renamed ‘Strawberry Fields’ to honour John Lennon

1994 Due to bad harvests, there is a shortage of Japanese grown rice. Japan’s Imperial Palace begins serving royal meals to the Emperor & Empress with rice grown in the U.S., China and Thailand.

1999 Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones landed in the Egyptian desert, having completed the 1st ‘Around the World’ hot air balloon flight. According to the BBC, they carried fresh food, including bread, cheese and pre-cooked steaks to last for 6 or 7 days, after which they made due with dried foods such as cereals and powdered milk. The flight began in the Swiss Alps, took 19 days, 21 hours and 55 minutes, and covered 29,056 non-stop miles.

2002 John Walker Lindh is sentenced to 20 years
5 October

National Apple Betty Day

1962 Beatles Release First Single “Love Me Do”

1999 Train Crash Paddington, London

6 October

1926 Babe Ruth sets new record

1927 “The Jazz Singer” Premiers

1973 Yom Kippur War / Arab Israeli War Begins

1981 Anwar Sadat Assassinated

6 October

National Noodle Day

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

7 October

National Poetry Day (USA)

– Importance of Poetry in our Lives (I am terrible at poetry writing but I love reading it)

National Frappe Day

– What is a frappe? (Sounds YUM!!!)

1885 Niels Bohr’s Birthday (1885 – 1962)

– Biography on

8 October

National Fluffernutter Day

1871 Great Fire of Chicago

– What (or who) caused the Great Chicago Fire?

1969 Days of Rage riots in Chicago

2004 Martha Stewart Found Guilty and Sentenced

9 October (HUBBY’S BDAY!!)

Moldy Cheese Day

– NewsMax had something to say in 2014 about this day

– 3 recipes with blue cheese

World Post Day

– The Art of Letter Writing by The Art of Manliness. What a way to keep the postal system alive!

– some activities from around the world in 2016

Leif Erikson Day

– Leif Erikson Day in the USA

– More on Leif Erikson (or Ericson)

National Pizza and Beer Day

National Hoagy Day

1876 First Two-Way Telephone Conversation (there is, however, other dates I found…hmmm. Anybody with some clarity?)

– The first 2-way telephone conversation

1936 Hoover Dam Starts Producing Electricity

1967 Che Guevara Executed

2006 Google announces the purchase of YouTube

10 October

National Tic Tac Day

National Angel Food Cake Day

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

1957 World’s First Nuclear Accident Windscale

11 October

National Sausage Pizza Day

1880 Boer War Began

– Also known by a few other names

1884 Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962)

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
You must do the things you think you cannot do.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Women are like teabags. You dont know how strong they are until you put them in hot water.
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.

1921 Sleeping Sickness Deaths Increase

– CDC has a write-up about an epidemic in Uganda from 1900 to 1920

1968 Apollo 7, is launched from Cape Canaveral

1975 Saturday Night Live premiered

1982 The Mary Rose Raised In The Solent

12 October 

National Gumbo Day

Pumpkin Pie Day

National Fossil Day

– Fossil Park, close to Cape Town

Columbus Day

Here is the complete 1492 poem:

IN 1492

In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.

A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.

Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.

Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.

Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.

October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!

“Indians!  Indians!”  Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.

But “India” the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.

The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.

Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he’d been told.

He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.

The first American?  No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.

Columbus Day Song
(sung to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”)In 1492,
In 1492,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
In 1492.

For 70 days he sailed,
For 70 days he sailed,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
For 70 days he sailed.

He came to a new land,
He came to a new land,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
And came to a new land.

Exploring he did go,
Exploring he did go,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
Exploring he did go.

He sailed back home to Spain,
He sailed back home to Spain,
Columbus sailed across the sea,
Then sailed back home to Spain.

Christopher Columbus
In August 1492,
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

October 12th they sighted land,
And set their feet upon new sand.

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

13 October

National Peanut Festival

National Pumpkin Festival

Yorkshire Pudding Day

National M&M Day

1958 Paddington Bear Books Released

1960 Nixon – Kennedy Debate TV

1966 Strict New Apartheid Laws Take Effect In South Africa

2005 Apple introduces new iPod

14 October

National Dessert Day

1066 Battle of Hastings

– What happened at the Battle of Hastings?

1947 Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound breaking the elusive “Sound Barrier”, His X-1 rocket plane

2006 United States population reaches 300 million

15 October

National Mushroom Day

National Red Wine Day

National Grouch Day

– Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street

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

16 October

National Liqueur Day

World Food Day

– Se7en reviewed the book ‘The Hungry Season, Feeding South African Cities’

World Dictionary Day

– celebrating Noah Webster’s birthday

1978 Pope John Paul II Elected As New Pope

1991 Killeen, Texas Massacres

1995 Million Man March

17 October

National Pasta Day

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

18 October

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

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

19 October

National Seafood Bisque Day

1879 Thomas Edison Demonstrated the Electric Light Bulb

– Biography of Thomas Edison

1947 US minimum wage of 40 cents per hour

20 October

National Brandied Fruit Day

1955 Final Book Of The Lord Of The Rings Published

1973 Sydney Opera House Opens

1991 Oakland Firestorm

21 October

Apple Day

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

1879 Thomas Edison invented a commercially practical incandescent light

1944 First Japanese Kamikaze Attack

1959 Guggenheim Museum Opened

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

22 October

National Nut Day

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

23 October

Mother in Law’s Day

National Boston Cream Pie Day

1915 Suffrage Movement March In New York

1940: Pele’s Birthday (1940 – )

– Learn more about Pele, the Brazillian soccer player

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

24 October

United Nations Day

National Bologna Day

Feast of Good & Plenty

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

25 October

National Greasy Foods Day

1881 Pablo Picasso’s Birthday (1881 – 1973)

1944 Japanese deploy kamikaze suicide bombers against American warships

1952 The Mousetrap Opens In London’s West End

1970 Pacific Glory Disaster

26 October

National Mincemeat Day

National Pumpkin Day

1836 International Red Cross Organised in Switzerland

1956 Hungary October Revolution

27 October

International School Library Day

National Potato Day

American Beer Day

1848 Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthday (1858 – 1919)

1904 The New York subway opens

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

28 October

National Chocolate Day

1886 Statue of Liberty Dedicated

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

29 October

National Oatmeal Day

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

30 October

National Candy Corn Day

1735 John Adam’s Birthday (1735 – 1826)

1938 War of the Worlds Radio Play Causes Mass hysteria

1974 “Rumble In The Jungle” Muhammad Ali Vs George Foreman

31 October

National Caramel Apple Day

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


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