Historic World Events / October (page 30)

October

List historic world events in October

June, 2016

  • 11 June

    Fred Snodgrass drops ball and loses World Series

    Fred Snodgrass drops ball and loses World Series

    On October 16, 1912, New York Giants outfielder Fred Snodgrass drops an easy pop-up in the 10th inning of the tiebreaking eighth game of the World Series against the Red Sox.His error led to a two-run Boston rally and cost the Giants the championship. Snodgrass, who had been a catcher …

  • 11 June

    Susan Smith reports a false carjacking to cover her murder

    Susan Smith reports a false carjacking to cover her murder

    Susan Smith reports that she was carjacked in South Carolina by a man who took her two small children in the backseat of her car. Although authorities immediately began searching for three-year-old Michael and one-year-old Alex, they could find no trace of them or of Smith’s car. After nine days …

  • 11 June

    Ford Motor Company unveils the Model T

    Ford Motor Company unveils the Model T

    On October 1, 1908, the first production Model T Ford is completed at the company’s Piquette Avenue plant in Detroit. Between 1908 and 1927, Ford would build some 15 million Model T cars. It was the longest production run of any automobile model in history until the Volkswagen Beetle surpassed …

  • 10 June

    Khrushchev orders withdrawal of missiles from Cuba

    Khrushchev orders withdrawal of missiles from Cuba

    Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev orders withdrawal of missiles from Cuba, ending the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1960, Khrushchev had launched plans to install medium and intermediate range ballistic missiles in Cuba that would put the eastern United States within range of nuclear attack. In the summer of 1962, U.S. spy …

  • 10 June

    Country superstars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw wed

    Country superstars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw wed

    Following the 2008 wedding of hip-hop titan Jay-Z and R&B goddess Beyonce, there can be little doubt which pairing of married stars ranks as the music world's greatest power couple. But if marital longevity is factored into the formula in addition to star power and sheer commercial might, then Mr. …

  • 10 June

    Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown

    Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown

    On this day in 1781, British General Charles Cornwallis formally surrenders 8,000 British soldiers and seamen to a French and American force at Yorktown, Virginia, bringing the American Revolution to a close. Previously, Cornwallis had driven General George Washington’s Patriot forces out of New Jersey in 1776, and led his …

  • 9 June

    U.S. troop strength reaches five-year low

    U.S. troop strength reaches five-year low

    The total number of U.S. troops remaining in Vietnam drops to 196,700–the lowest level since January 1966. This was a result of the Vietnamization program announced by President Richard Nixon at the June 1969 Midway Conference. U.S. troops were to be withdrawn as the South Vietnamese assumed more responsibility for …

  • 9 June

    Tom Horn is hanged in Wyoming for the murder of Willie Nickell

    Tom Horn is hanged in Wyoming for the murder of Willie Nickell

    On this day in 1903, the infamous hired killer, Tom Horn, is hanged for having allegedly murdered Willie Nickell, the 14-year-old son of a southern Wyoming sheep rancher. Some historians have since questioned whether Horn really killed the boy, pointing out that the jury convicted him solely on the basis …

  • 9 June

    Lawrence of Arabia captures Damascus

    Lawrence of Arabia captures Damascus

    A combined Arab and British force captures Damascus from the Turks during World War I, completing the liberation of Arabia. An instrumental commander in the Allied campaign was T.E. Lawrence, a legendary British soldier known as Lawrence of Arabia. Lawrence, an Oxford-educated Arabist born in Tremadoc, Wales, began working for …

  • 9 June

    East Germany and Hungary move toward democracy

    East Germany and Hungary move toward democracy

    On October 18, 1989, the Iron Curtain nations of East Germany and Hungary take significant steps toward ending the communist domination of their countries to replace it with more democratic politics and free market economies. In Hungary, the Communist Party had disbanded on October 7. This action was followed by …