Born On This Day:
- Charles X France, 1757
- Camille Saint-Saens, 1835
- Charles Rudolph Walgreen, 1873
- Aimee Semple McPherson, 1890
- Bruce Catton, 1899
- Alastair Sim, 1900
- Jacques Tati, 1908
- E. Howard Hunt, 1918
- Donald Sinden, 1923
- Duke of Kent, 1935
- Joe Pepitone, 1940
- John Lennon, 1940
- John Entwistle, 1944
- Jackson Browne, 1948
- Mike Singletary, 1958
- David Cameron, 1966
- Annika Sorenstam, 1970
- Sean Lennon, 1975
Died On This Day:
- King Alexander Yugoslavia, 1934
- Pope Pius XII, 1958
- Tommy Manville, 1967
- André Maurois, 1967
- Che Guevara assassinated, 1967
- Oskar Schindler, 1974
- Vivien Merchant, 1982
- Anna Freud, 1982
- Clare Boothe Luce, 1987
- Willy Brandt, 1992
- Sir Alec Douglas-Home, 1995
- Walter Kerr, 1996
- Morris West, 1999
- Louis Nye, 2005
- 1514 - King Louis XII France marries Mary Tudor.
- 1701 - Yale College founded in Killingworth, CT; moved in 1745 to New Haven.
- 1776 - Mission Delores, oldest dwelling in San Francisco, founded as Mission San Francisco de Asis.
- 1781 - George Washington fires first bullet at Siege of Yorktown (Revolutionary War).
- 1789 - Torture abolished in France.
- 1804 - Hobart, Tasmania founded.
- 1855 - 'Caliope' patented by inventor Joshua C. Stoddard of Worcester, Mass.
- 1888 - Washington Monument opened to the public 4.5 years after start of construction.
- 1899 - World's first bus with a petrol-driven motor runs in London.
- 1920 - Poles occupy Vilnius district of Lithuania.
- 1946 - Eugene O'Neill's 'The Iceman Cometh' opens on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre.
- 1951 - U.S. and Germany formally end WWII.
- 1987 - $1.1million paid by Japanese bank for 1852 2¢ U.S. rare postage stamp known as the 'Lady McGill.'
- 2006 - North Korea announces successful nuclear bomb test thereby becoming 9th country after USA, Russia, France, China, Britain, India, Pakistan and Israel (not-confirmed).
- 2007 - Dow Jones reaches record high of 14,164.53. See today one year later.
- 2008 - Busiest day in NY Stock Exchange History: US Stocks plunge further - closing down 679 points (7.3%) leaving Dow Jones below 9,000 for first time in five years.
- 2010 - Chris Stevens declared winning grower of world record giant pumpkin - 1810.5 pounds - at Harvestfest in Stillwater, Minnesota.
Feast Day of Saint:
- Louis Bertrand
- Dionysius (or Denis) of Paris
- John Leonardi
- Independence Day Uganda (1962)
- Sports and Health Day in Japan
- Leif Ericson Day celebrated in US and Norway
- Day of Mourning in Lithuania
- CHUSOK (Korea) on day of full moon of eighth lunar month.
- DURGA-PUJA (Hindu festival of Goddess Durga)
- PITRA PASKSHA and AMAVASYA, Hindu Feast of the Dead.
- LAKSHMI PUJA, Hindu Festival of the Goddess of Fortune
- CHUNG CHI'U CHIEH (Chinese mid-autumn festival) 15th day of 8th lunar month.
- DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
- BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
- RAMADAN, Muslim holy month
- CHILD HEALTH DAY - first Monday in October in USA
- COLUMBUS DAY - first Monday in October
- DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS - last Sunday in October set clocks back
- MOTHER-IN-LAW DAY - celebrated fourth Sunday in October in US
- NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY - second Sunday in October in USA
- THANKSGIVING DAY IN CANADA - second Monday in October
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