Historic World Events / October (page 10)

October

List historic world events in October

August, 2016

  • 31 August

    U.S. officials deny any involvement in bombing of North Vietnam.

    U.S. officials deny any involvement in bombing of North Vietnam.

    U.S. T-28 airplanes flown by Thai pilots bomb and strafe North Vietnamese villages in the Mugia Pass area. North Vietnam charged publicly that U.S. personnel participated in the raids, but U.S. officials denied that any Americans were involved.

  • 30 August

    Iran-Contra scandal unravels

    Iran-Contra scandal unravels

    Eugene Hasenfus is captured by troops of the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua after the plane in which he is flying is shot down; two others on the plane die in the crash. Under questioning, Hasenfus confessed that he was shipping military supplies into Nicaragua for use by the Contras, an …

  • 29 August

    A former postal worker commits mass murder

    A former postal worker commits mass murder

    Former U.S. postal worker Joseph Harris shoots two former co-workers to death at the post office in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The night before, Harris had killed his former supervisor, Carol Ott, with a three-foot samurai sword, and shot her fiance, Cornelius Kasten, in their home. After a four-hour standoff with …

  • 29 August

    Benedict Arnold fights valiantly at Valcour Island

    Benedict Arnold fights valiantly at Valcour Island

    On this day in 1776, a British fleet under Sir Guy Carleton defeats 15 American gunboats under the command of Brigadier General Benedict Arnold at the Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain, in what is now Clinton County, New York. Although nearly all of Arnold’s ships were destroyed, it …

  • 29 August

    Perfect storm hits North Atlantic

    Perfect storm hits North Atlantic

    On this day in 1991, the so-called “perfect storm” hits the North Atlantic producing remarkably large waves along the New England and Canadian coasts. Over the next several days, the storm spread its fury over the ocean off the coast of Canada. The fishing boat Andrea Gail and its six-member …

  • 28 August

    Rocket Richard scores 500 goals

    Rocket Richard scores 500 goals

    On October 19, 1957, Maurice “Rocket” Richard of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the first N.H.L. player to score 500 goals in his career when he slaps a 20-foot shot past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Glenn Hall. Richard was one of the most consistent and intimidating goal-scorers in pro hockey history: In …

  • 28 August

    King wins Nobel Peace Prize

    King wins Nobel Peace Prize

    African American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent resistance to racial prejudice in America. At 35 years of age, the Georgia-born minister was the youngest person ever to receive the award. Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in Atlanta …

  • 28 August

    Thomas Jefferson composes romantic letter

    Thomas Jefferson composes romantic letter

    On this day in 1786, a lovesick Thomas Jefferson composes a romantic and introspective letter to a woman named Maria Cosway. Early in 1786, widower Thomas Jefferson met Maria Cosway in Paris while he was serving as the U.S. minister to France. Cosway was born to English parents in Italy …

  • 27 August

    Gay sergeant challenges the Air Force

    Gay sergeant challenges the Air Force

    Air Force Sergeant Leonard Matlovich, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, is given a “general” discharge by the air force after publicly declaring his homosexuality. Matlovich, who appeared in his air force uniform on the cover of Time magazine above the headline “I AM A HOMOSEXUAL,” was challenging the …

  • 26 August

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge is born

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge is born

    Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge is born on this day in 1772 in the small town of Ottery St. Mary in Devonshire. Coleridge’s father died when he was a boy, and young Coleridge was sent off to boarding school in London. He was a lonely student who fell into dissolution and …