October is a cool month for fun history facts…enjoy!
01 October 1890
On October 1, 1890, an act of Congress createdYosemite National Park, home of such natural wonders as Half Dome, El Capitan, and the giant sequoia trees. Paving the way for national parks and future generations of hikers, campers and nature lovers.
02 October 1959
The science-fiction TV series The Twilight Zone debuted – becoming popular for its unexpected plot twists and moral lessons.
03 October 1995
04 October 1923
American Actor and movie star, Charlton Heston was born.
05 October 2001
06 October 1866
The Reno brothers carried out the first train robbery of a traveling train in American history, making off with $13,000 from an Ohio and Mississippi railroad train in Jackson County, Indiana.
07 October 2003
08 October 1957
Jerry Lee Lewis recorded “Great Balls Of Fire” in Memphis, Tennessee. Being such a magnetic personality, a producer would later say that “Little Richard was fun, Elvis was cool, but Jerry Lee Lewis was frightening.”
09 October 1936
On October 9, 1936, a dam initially named the Boulder Dam, harnessed the power of the Colorado River, and began sending electricity 266 miles away to turn on the lights of Los Angeles…that Dam??? The Hoover Dam.
10 October 1987
Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” tops the charts. Featuring one of the most iconic music videos of the 1980s.
11 October 1975
12 October 1870
Confederate General, Robert E. Lee, died at his home in Lexington, Virginia. He was 63 years old.
13 October 1903
14 October 1926
15 October 1951
16 October 1923
On October 16, 1923, two brothers named Roy and Walt, founded the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in Hollywood, California. The Walt Disney Company is now one of the largest media companies in the world.
17 October 1931
Gangster and Crime Boss Al Capone went to prison for tax evasion. He was caught by the infamous Elliot Ness and his team…also known as…The Untouchables.
18 October 1867
On October 18th, 1867, the U.S. took possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million, or less than two cents an acre.
19 October 1781
British General Lord Cornwallis surrendered 8,000 British troops, effectively bringing an end to the American Revolution at Yorktown, Virginia.
20 October 1977
Three members of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a Mississippi plane crash…that exact plane and flight was almost chartered by Aerosmith.
21 October 1964
22 October 1962
23 October 1998
Singer Britney Spears released her single …Baby One More Time, which, accompanied by the music video, became a huge hit and helped propel her to pop stardom.
24 October 2005
25 October 1964
26 October 1825
After some eight years of construction, the Erie Canal, finally connected the Great Lakes with New York City via the Hudson River. Its opening propelled New York City into a major commercial centre and encouraged canal construction throughout the United States.
27 October 1858
President and original Rough Rider, Theodore Roosevelt was born.
28 October 1886
29 October 1929
The US Stock Market collapsed five days after nearly 13 million shares of U.S. stock were sold and an additional 16 million shares were sold this day…gaining it the nickname… “Black Tuesday”.
30 October 2003
31 October 1864
The U.S. Congress admitted Nevada as the 36th state