Historic World Events / October (page 4)

October

List historic world events in October

September, 2016

  • 18 September

    Battle of Caporetto

    Battle of Caporetto

    On this day in 1917, a combined German and Austro-Hungarian force scores one of the most crushing victories of World War I, decimating the Italian line along the northern stretch of the Isonzo River in the Battle of Caporetto, also known as the Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo, or the …

  • 18 September

    Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring premieres at the Library of Congress

    Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring premieres at the Library of Congress

    Born and raised in the same urban, early-20th-century milieu that produced Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and George and Ira Gershwin, the great and quintessentially American composer Aaron Copland was trained in the classics but steeped in the jazz and popular Jewish music that surrounded him in childhood. As a young …

  • 18 September

    Chester Arthur is born

    Chester Arthur is born

    On this day in 1829, future President Chester Alan Arthur is born in North Fairfield, Vermont. The precocious and bright young Arthur wanted to become a lawyer and enrolled in Union College in New York at the age of 15. He later supported himself by teaching school while he earned …

  • 18 September

    Editorial accuses Jefferson of affair with slave

    Editorial accuses Jefferson of affair with slave

    On this day in 1796, an essay appears in the Gazette of the United States in which a writer, mysteriously named “Phocion,” slyly attacks presidential candidate Thomas Jefferson. Phocion turned out to be former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. The essay typified the nasty, personal nature of political attacks in late …

  • 18 September

    Turks send British officer to negotiate armistice terms

    Turks send British officer to negotiate armistice terms

    On October 20, 1918, General Charles Townshend travels from Constantinople to the Greek Isles to liaison with the British government over a possible armistice between the Allies and the Ottoman Empire in World War I. Up until mid-September 1918, the ruling Ottoman government, the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP) …

  • 17 September

    Chevrolet introduces the El Camino

    Chevrolet introduces the El Camino

    On October 16, 1958, Chevrolet begins to sell a car-truck hybrid that it calls the El Camino. Inspired by the Ford Ranchero, which had already been on the market for two years, the El Camino was a combination sedan-pickup truck built on the Impala body, with the same “cat’s eye” …

  • 17 September

    Fire sweeps through Oakland hills

    Fire sweeps through Oakland hills

    On this day in 1991, a fire begins in the hills of Oakland, California. It went on to burnthousands of homes and kill 25 people. Despite the fact that fires had ravaged the same area three times earlier in the century, people continued to build homes there. Fires had previously …

  • 17 September

    O.J. Simpson acquitted

    O.J. Simpson acquitted

    At the end of a sensational trial, former football star O.J. Simpson is acquitted of the brutal 1994 double murder of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. In the epic 252-day trial, Simpson’s “dream team” of lawyers employed creative and controversial methods to convince jurors …

  • 17 September

    United States defeats Japanese in the Battle of Cape Esperance

    United States defeats Japanese in the Battle of Cape Esperance

    On this day in 1942, the American Navy intercepts a Japanese fleet of ships on their way to reinforce troops at Guadalcanal. The Navy succeeded in its operation, sinking a majority of the ships. The battle for Guadalcanal began in August, when the Marines landed in the first American offensive …

  • 17 September

    Chinese and Suluks revolt against Japanese in North Borneo

    Chinese and Suluks revolt against Japanese in North Borneo

    On this day in 1943, local Chinese and native Suluks rise up against the Japanese occupation of North Borneo. The revolt, staged in the capital, Jesselton, resulted in the deaths of 40 Japanese soldiers. The Japanese had begun scooping up islands in the Dutch East Indies in late 1941. Kuching, …