Historic World Events / October (page 3)

October

List historic world events in October

September, 2016

  • 21 September

    Battle of Ball’s Bluff

    Battle of Ball’s Bluff

    On this day in 1861, Union troops suffer a devastating defeat in the second major engagement of the Civil War. The Battle of Ball’s Bluff in Virginia produced the war’s first martyr and led to the creation of a Congressional committee to monitor the conduct of the war. After the …

  • 21 September

    Avalanche buries homes in Iceland

    Avalanche buries homes in Iceland

    An unusually large avalanche buries homes and kills 20 people in Flateyri, Iceland, on this day in 1995. This disaster was the second deadly avalanche in the region that year. Ten months earlier, on January 17, the small fishing village of Sudavik had suffered a devastating avalanche in which 16 …

  • 20 September

    Congress creates Yosemite National Park

    Congress creates Yosemite National Park

    On this day in 1890, the United States Congress decrees that about 1,500 square miles of public land in the California Sierra Nevada will be preserved forever as Yosemite National Park. Once the home to Indians whose battle cry Yo-che-ma-te (“some among them are killers”) gave the park its name, …

  • 20 September

    Eight hundred children are gassed to death at Auschwitz

    Eight hundred children are gassed to death at Auschwitz

    On this day in 1944, 800 Gypsy children, including more than a hundred boys between 9 and 14 years old are systematically murdered. Auschwitz was really a group of camps, designated I, II, and III. There were also 40 smaller “satellite” camps. It was at Auschwitz II, at Birkenau, established …

  • 20 September

    Heavy monsoon rains hit Vietnam

    Heavy monsoon rains hit Vietnam

    Fighting in the five northern-most provinces comes to a virtual halt as the worst monsoon rains in six years strikes the region. The resultant floods killed 293 people and left more than 200,000 homeless.

  • 20 September

    British naval fleet attacks Norfolk, Virginia

    British naval fleet attacks Norfolk, Virginia

    On this day in 1775, Virginia’s last royal governor, Lord John Murray Dunmore, orders a British naval fleet of six ships to sail up the James River and into Hampton Creek to attack Patriot troops and destroy the town of Norfolk, Virginia. British Captain Matthew Squire led the six ships …

  • 19 September

    Soul singer Al Green is attacked in his own bathtub

    Soul singer Al Green is attacked in his own bathtub

    There can be no question that anyone would have been shaken by the events that transpired in the Memphis, Tennessee, home of singer Al Green in the early morning hours of October 18, 1974, when an ex-girlfriend burst in on him in the bath and poured a pot of scalding-hot …

  • 19 September

    Carter homers to win World Series

    Carter homers to win World Series

    On October 23, 1993, Toronto Blue Jay Joe Carter does what every kid dreams of—he wins the World Series for his team by whacking a ninth-inning home run over the SkyDome’s left-field wall. It was the first time the World Series had ended with a home run since Pittsburgh’s Bill …

  • 19 September

    Rock Hudson dies of AIDS

    Rock Hudson dies of AIDS

    On this day in 1985, Rock Hudson, a quintessential tall, dark and handsome Hollywood leading man during the 1950s and 1960s who made more than 60 movies during his career, dies at the age of 59 from acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in Beverly Hills, California. Earlier that same year, …

  • 18 September

    The Earps shoot it out at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona

    The Earps shoot it out at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona

    After years of feuding and mounting tensions, on this day in 1881, the “law and order” Earps and the “cowboy” Clanton-McLaurys engage in their world-famous shoot-out near the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, leaving three men dead and three more wounded. Both sides in the conflict were ostensibly looking for …