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Information about a few dates in history.

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October 31, 2014

2010 - 2 former Presidents attend the World Series; George Bush & dad (Rangers vs. Giants).
2002 - A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas indicts former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer.
1954 - For the first time in history, color television sets are available to the public.
1950 - 21-year-old Earl Lloyd becomes the first African-American to play in an NBA game for the Washington Capitals.
1941 - After 14 years of work, Mount Rushmore is completed.
1926 - Escape artist and magician Harry Houdini dies of ruptured appendix on Halloween.
1920 - Anoka, Minnesota celebrates first Halloween in United States.
1913 - Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road across United States.
1864 - Nevada is accepted as the 36th state of the United States.




The first "Jack-o-Lanterns" were actually made from turnips.

Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

More sweets are sold on the 28th of October than any other day of the year in the USA.

Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.

The world's largest pumpkin weighed 850kgs.

99% of all pumpkins sold are used for Jack-o-Lanterns for Halloween.


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October 30, 2014

1987 - Japanese Company, NEC, releases the TurboGrafx-16, the first 16-bit computer home entertainment system.
1982 - Ali vs Foreman "Rumble in the Jungle".
1964 - Roy Orbison's 'Pretty Woman' single reaches gold, selling 500,000 copies.
1960 - Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
1945 - Jackie Robinson signs his first Major League Contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1938 - Orson Welles' radio performance of "War of the Worlds" causes mass hysteria.
1922 - Benito Mussolini is made Prime Minister of Italy.
1890 - Oakland, California, enacts a law against opium, morphine, and cocaine.
1864 - After four men discover gold at "Last Chance Gulch", Helena, Montana (capital) founded.



Niagara Falls moves upstream at an average rate of about 295 feet a century.

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October 29, 2014

2012 - Hurricane Sandy smashed into the eastern seaboard of the U.S. killing 117 people in the U.S. and 69 in Canada and the Caribbean.
2004 - European leaders signed the European Union's first constitution.
1998 - John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, returned to space at age 77.
1966 - The National Organization for Women was founded.
1956 - Israel invaded the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula during the Suez Canal crisis.
1929 - The New York Stock Exchange crashed on Black Tuesday, precipitating the Great Depression.
1923 - The Republic of Turkey was proclaimed under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
1787 - Mozart's opera Don Giovanni debuted in Prague.
1682 - William Penn arrived in Pennsylvania.


the universally popular Hershey bar was used overseas during World War II as currency.

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October 28, 2014

2010 - Verizon is ordered to pay $25 million for overcharging 15 million customers.
2006 - Morgan Freeman honored at first Mississippi's Best Awards, with Lifetime Achievement.
1995 - Braves defeat Indians in game 6 of World Series: win their first MLB championship.
1971 - Britain launches the satellite Prospero into low Earth orbit.
1948 - Swiss chemist Paul Muller awarded Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for DDT.
1929 - Black Monday, a day in the Wall Street Crash of 1929.
1919 - Prohibition enforced (18th Amendment).
1886 - In New York Harbor, President Grover Cleveland dedicates the Statue of Liberty.
1538 - Universidad Santo Tomas de Aquino, one of the world's first universities founded.



there are three golf balls sitting on the moon.

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October 23, 2014

2001 - The very first IPod is introduced.
1993 - Joe Carter hits walk-off home run: wins World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays.
1963 - British TV show "Dr Who" premieres.
1958 - Russian poet and novelist Boris Pasternak awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
1944 - The Soviet's Red Army invades and enters Hungary during World War II.
1942 - Michael Crichton, famous for writing "Jurassic Park" and "Andromeda Strain", is born.
1941 - Animated film "Dumbo" is released.
1850 - First National Women's Rights Convention begins in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1707 - First Parliament of Great Britain meets.



Manhattan Island of New York City was purchased for $24 from the Algonquian Indians in 1624.

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October 22, 2014

1979 - Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida receives its 100-millionth guest.
1975 - Soviet Venera 9 lands on Venus.
1972 - The Oakland A's win their first World Series with game 7 victory over the Reds.
1965 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Highway Beautification Act, to limit billboards & other forms of outdoor advertising on highways.
1964 - Jean-Paul Sartre is awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, which he declines.
1927 - Nikola Tesla released six new inventions including a motor with one phase electricity.
1907 - The Panic of 1907 occurs and eventually leads to the Great Depression.
1797 - The first parachute jump of note is made by Andre-Jacques Garnerin from a hydrogen balloon 3,200 feet above Paris.
1575 - Aguascalientes, Mexico is founded by Juan de Montoro to be a postal rest stop.



a sneeze can travel as fast as 100 miles per hour.

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October 21, 2014

1998 - The Yankees sweep San Diego Padres to win their record 24th World Championship.
1994 - North Korea & U.S. sign agreement: North Korea stops nuclear weapons program.
1989 - The Denver Nuggets are purchased for $65 million, making Betram Lee and Peter Bynoe the first African-American owners of a major sports franchise.
1967 - In Washington, D.C., nearly 100,000 people gather to protest the Vietnam War.
1945 - Women first allowed to vote in France,
1921 - Silent movie "The Sheik" starring Rudolph Valentino, premieres,
1892 - World's Columbian Exposition (or Chicago World's Fair) opens in Chicago.
1867 - Medicine Lodge Treaty signed relocating Native American Plains tribes to Oklahoma.
1824 - Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement.



baby whales grow at an average rate of 10lbs per hour.


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October 20, 2014

2009 - China pledges to rescue the crew aboard the Chinese ship De Xin Hai after it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean.
2009 - The United States observes the National Day on Writing, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English.
1990 - The Reds pull off a big upset when they sweep the A's to win a World Series Title.
1987 - Subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz sentenced.
1979 - The John F Kennedy Library is opened in Boston, Massachusetts.
1973 - The Sydney Opera House opens.
1973 - OAPEC oil embargo begins, leading to the U.S. automotive market switching to smaller, more fuel-efficient cars.
1955 - J.R.R. Tolkien publishes "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King".
1818 - Oregon country is to be jointly controlled by U.S. & Britain.



Rome was the first modern city to reach a population of 1 million.




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