October 7

1913 – Moving assembly line at Ford

2001 – U.S.-led attack on Afghanistan begins

October 8

1871 – Great Chicago Fire begins

1993 – Toni Morrison becomes first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature

October 9

1888 – The Washington Monument opens to the public in Washington D.C.

1936 – Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to Los Angeles

1967 – Che Guevara is executed

2012 – Women’s rights and education activist Malala Yousafzai is shot

October 10

1845 – Birth of the U.S. Naval Academy

1903 – Women’s Social and Political Union is founded

1935 – Porgy and Bess, the first great American opera, premieres on Broadway

October 11

1809 – Meriwether Lewis dies along the Natchez Trace, Tennessee

1884 – Eleanor Roosevelt is born

1968 – Apollo 7 launched

2002 – Jimmy Carter wins Nobel Peace Prize

October 12

1492 – Columbus reaches the New World

2007 – Al Gore wins Nobel Peace Prize in the wake of An Inconvenient Truth

October 13

1792 – White House cornerstone laid

1925 – Europe’s first female prime minister Margaret Thatcher is born

1962 – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opens on Broadway

2010 – Chilean miners are rescued after 69 days underground


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