Historic World Events / October (page 20)

October

List historic world events in October

July, 2016

  • 22 July

    Disco/Classical hybrid “A Fifth Of Beethoven” is the #1 song on the U.S. pop charts

    Disco/Classical hybrid “A Fifth Of Beethoven” is the #1 song on the U.S. pop charts

    The first academically trained multi-instrumentalist ever to set the nation's disco dance floors on fire, Walter Murphy turned his knowledge of the classical repertoire and his commercial ambitions into a smash-hit record called “A Fifth Of Beethoven,” which reached the top of the Billboard pop chart on this day in …

  • 21 July

    Achille Lauro hijacking ends

    Achille Lauro hijacking ends

    The hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro reaches a dramatic climax when U.S. Navy F-14 fighters intercept an Egyptian airliner attempting to fly the Palestinian hijackers to freedom and force the jet to land at a NATO base in Sigonella, Sicily. American and Italian troops surrounded the plane, …

  • 21 July

    The president of Egypt is assassinated

    The president of Egypt is assassinated

    Islamic extremists assassinate Anwar Sadat, the president of Egypt, as he reviews troops on the anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. Led by Khaled el Islambouli, a lieutenant in the Egyptian army with connections to the terrorist group Takfir Wal-Hajira, the terrorists, all wearing army uniforms, stopped in front of …

  • 21 July

    Coal miners die in Wales

    Coal miners die in Wales

    On this day in 1913, 439 workers die in a massive coal-mine explosion in Wales. The incident was one of Britain’s worst-ever mining disasters. The Sengenhydd colliery (coal mine) was located about eight miles from Cardiff in Wales. The mine consisted of two pits, side by side, which held nearly …

  • 21 July

    Loma Prieta earthquake strikes near San Francisco

    Loma Prieta earthquake strikes near San Francisco

    An earthquake hits the San Francisco Bay Area on this day in 1989, killing 67 people and causing more than $5 billion in damages. Though this was one of the most powerful and destructive earthquakes ever to hit a populated area of the United States, the death toll was quite …

  • 21 July

    Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho awarded Nobel Peace Prize

    Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho awarded Nobel Peace Prize

    Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese diplomat Le Duc Tho are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the Paris peace accords. Kissinger accepted, but Tho declined the award until such time as “peace is truly established.”

  • 21 July

    Steve Bartman catches ball

    Steve Bartman catches ball

    On October 14, 2003, a Chicago Cubs fan named Steve Bartman plucks a fly ball out of the air before outfielder Moises Alou can catch it—a catch that would have been a crucial out—in the sixth game of the league championship series against the Florida Marlins. As a result of …

  • 21 July

    First Blockbuster store opens

    First Blockbuster store opens

    On this day in 1985, the first Blockbuster video-rental store opens, in Dallas, Texas. At a time when most video stores were small-scale operations featuring a limited selection of titles, Blockbuster opened with some 8,000 tapes displayed on shelves around the store and a computerized check-out process. The first store …

  • 20 July

    Dwight D. Eisenhower is born

    Dwight D. Eisenhower is born

    On this day in 1890, future President Dwight D. Eisenhower is born near Abilene, Texas. After graduating from West Point in 1915, Eisenhower embarked on a stellar military career–he would eventually become the supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe during World War II and the leader of the invasion …

  • 20 July

    Battle of Trafalgar

    Battle of Trafalgar

    In one of the most decisive naval battles in history, a British fleet under Admiral Lord Nelson defeats a combined French and Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar, fought off the coast of Spain. At sea, Lord Nelson and the Royal Navy consistently thwarted Napoleon Bonaparte, who led France …