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In History

Information about a few dates in history.

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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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October 17, 2014

2006 - The United States population reaches 300 million.
1989 - Before game 3 of World Series, earthquake hits San Francisco delaying A's & Giants.
1979 - Mother Teresa of India, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1967 - "Hair" premieres on Broadway.
1965 - The 1964-1965 New York World's Fair ends after two years - the fair featured American Industrial advancements.
1931 - Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion, the downfall of one of the most notorious criminals of the 1920's.
1871 - President Grant suspends writ of habeas corpus.
1829 - Delaware River & Chesapeake Bay Canal formally opened.
1604 - Kepler's Star: German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes a supernova in the constellation Ophiuchus.



7,000 new insect species are discovered every year.


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October 16, 2014

1995 - Isle of Skye and Highlands connected via Skye Bridge in Scotland.
1995 - The Million Man March occurs in Washington, D.C.
1992 - "Gilligan's Island" TV pilot is first shown on television on the network TBS.
1984 - Desmond Tutu wins Nobel Peace Prize.
1968 - The Milwaukee Bucks play their first ever NBA game - losing to Chicago Bulls.
1934 - Chinese Communists begin Long March.
1923 - Brothers Walt and Roy Disney, launch the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio - which later would be called The Walt Disney Company.
1916 - In Brooklyn, NY, Margaret Sanger opens the first family planning clinic in U.S.
1816 - Jane Eyre first published.



Julius Ceasar, Henry II, Charles XI, and Napoleon were all afraid of cats.

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October 15, 2014

2011 - Global protests break out in 951 cities in 82 countries.
2008 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average has the second worst day in history with a 733.08 point (7.87%) drop.
1989 - Wayne Gretzky becomes NHL's All-Time Leading Scorer passing Gordie Howe.
1987 - The Great Storm of 1987: was declared a rare occurrence and hit both France & England.
1971 - The start of the 2,500-year celebration of Iran, celebrating the birth of Persia.
1959 - TV series "The Untouchables" premieres.
1951 - Mexican chemist Luis E. Miramontes synthesized the first oral contraceptive.
1951 - Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz star in sitcom "I Love Lucy" on CBS.
1878 - The Edison Electric Light Company begins operation.



Marlboro cigarettes sold in New York contain more tar and nicotine than those sold in all other states.

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October 14, 2014

1986 - Author Elie Wiesel awarded Nobel Peace Prize.
1982 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaims a War on Drugs.
1979 - The first Gay Rights March in Washington, D.C. draws 200,000 people.
1979 - Wayne Gretsky, the best hockey player of all time, scores his first NHL goal.
1968 - Apollo 7 makes the first live telecast from a manned spacecraft.
1947 - Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier.
1926 - Winnie-the-Pooh is published for the first time.
1888 - First film by Louis Le Prince, widely known as 'The Father of Cinematography'.
1812 - Man made Regent's Canal in London begins to be worked on.



there are no ants in Iceland, Antarctica, and Greenland.

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October 13, 2014

2008 - British Government infused $64 billion into the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Lloyds TSB and HBOS to avert financial sector collapse.
1990 - End of the long 15-year civil war in Lebanon.
1960 - Bill Mazeroski hits a dramatic walk-off home run in Game 7 of the World Series.
1947 - "Kukla, Fran & Ollie" show with puppets premieres on TV.
1917 - "Miracle of the Sun" witnessed by estimated 70,000 people in Cova da Iria in Fatima, Portugal.
1890 - The Delta Chi fraternity is founded by 11 law students at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
1884 - Greenwich, England is made universal time meridian of longitude.
1792 - Old Farmer's Almanac first published.
1773 - The Whirlpool Galaxy is discovered by Charles Messier.



Thomas Edison, lightbulb inventor, was afraid of the dark.



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