October

List historic world events in October

September, 2016

  • 29 September

    Kennedy and Nixon debate Cold War foreign policy

    Kennedy and Nixon debate Cold War foreign policy

    In the second of four televised debates, Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon turn their attention to foreign policy issues. Three Cold War episodes, in particular, engendered spirited confrontations between Kennedy and Nixon. The first involved Cuba, which had recently come under the control of …

  • 28 September

    Ralph Lauren, designer of popular western-style clothing, is born in New York

    Ralph Lauren, designer of popular western-style clothing, is born in New York

    Ralph Lauren, the designer and purveyor of a line of popular clothes that sought to capture the “spirit of the West,” is born on this day in 1939, in New York. The quintessential self-made man, Lauren was instrumental in creating a new national clothing style during the mid-1970s and 1980s …

  • 27 September

    Saturday Night Live debuts

    Saturday Night Live debuts

    On this day in 1975, Saturday Night Live (SNL), a topical comedy sketch show featuring Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Garrett Morris, Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman, makes its debut on NBC; it will go on to become the longest-running, highest-rated show on late-night television. The 90-minute …

  • 27 September

    Johnson orders the commencement of Oplan 34A raids

    Johnson orders the commencement of Oplan 34A raids

    President Johnson issues the order to reactivate North Vietnamese coastal raids by South Vietnamese boats as part of Oplan 34A. These raids had been suspended after the Gulf of Tonkin incident in early August. On August 2, North Vietnamese patrol boats attacked the destroyer USS Maddox, which was conducting an …

  • 26 September

    Truman signs Mutual Security Act

    Truman signs Mutual Security Act

    On this day in 1951, President Harry S. Truman signs the Mutual Security Act, announcing to the world, and its communist powers in particular, that the U.S. was prepared to provide military aid to “free peoples.” The signing of the act came after the Soviet Union exploded their second nuclear …

  • 26 September

    First barrel ride down Niagara Falls

    First barrel ride down Niagara Falls

    On this day in 1901, a 63-year-old schoolteacher named Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to take the plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel. After her husband died in the Civil War, the New York-born Taylor moved all over the U. S. before settling in Bay City, Michigan, …

  • 26 September

    John Adams marries Abigail Smith

    John Adams marries Abigail Smith

    On this day in 1764, future President John Adams marries Abigail Smith. This devoted couple’s prolific correspondence during their married life has provided entertainment and a glimpse of early American life for generations of history buffs. Future first lady Abigail Adams was the daughter of a parson. She was home-taught …

  • 25 September

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid opens

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid opens

    On this day in 1969, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as a team of bank robbers in the Old West, opens in theaters around the United States. The film was a commercial and critical success, receiving seven Oscar nominations (including Best Picture and …

  • 24 September

    Killer smog claims elderly victims

    Killer smog claims elderly victims

    Killer smog continues to hover over Donora, Pennsylvania, on this day in 1948. Over a five-day period, the smog killed about 20 people and made thousands more seriously ill. Donora was a town of 14,000 people on the Monongahela River in a valley surrounded by hills. The town was home …

  • 23 September

    Richard Dreyfuss born

    Richard Dreyfuss born

    On this day in 1947, the actor Richard Dreyfuss, who will rise to fame in Hollywood in the 1970s with starring roles in such movies as American Graffiti, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Goodbye Girl, is born in Brooklyn, New York. Dreyfuss, who registered as a …