Various Events that Occured in the Month of October

These facts and bits of information about October were pulled from several sources on the internet.


1, 1908 – First “Model T” Ford was put on the market

1, 1924 – Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States was born in Plains, GA.

4, 1957 – The Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite

5, 1829 – Chester A. Arthur, the 21st President of the United States was born in Fairfield, VT

5, 1947 – President Harry S. Truman made the first presidential televised address from the Oval office int he White House

8, 1871 – The Great Chicago fire began and burned for 30-hours. The summer of 1871 was very dry, leaving the ground parched and the wooden city vulnerable. On Sunday evening, October 8, 1871, just after nine o’clock, a
fire broke out in the barn behind the home of Patrick and Catherine O’Leary at 13 DeKoven Street. How the fire started is still unknown today, but an O’Leary cow often gets the credit.

10, 1845 – The U.S. Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, MD

12, 1492 – Christopher Columbus landed in America.  Explorer and navigator Christopher Columbus was born in 1451 in the Republic of Genoa, Italy. His first voyage into the Atlantic Ocean in 1476 nearly cost him his life. Columbus participated in several other expeditions to Africa. 1492, Columbus left Spain in the Santa Maria, with the Pinta and the Niña along side. He has been credited for opening up the Americas to European colonization.

13, 1792 – The first cornerstone was laid for the newest structure in Washington, D.C.  It would be the stone that set the foundation for the White House.

14, 1891 – Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States was born in Denison, TX

19, 1630 – The first general court in New England was held in Boston.

19, 1879 – Thomas Edison began his first successful demonstration of his electric light.

21, 1797 – The U.S.S. Constitution, aka Old Ironsides, was launched on its maiden voyage after a previous failed attempt to launch in September 1797 when because of its weight, it sunk into the ground.   Read more here.

27, 1858 – Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States was born in New York City, NY.

28, 1636 – Harvard College was founded.

28, 1886 – The Statue of Liberty dedication was held.

29, 1929 – The blackest day in the history of the stock market.

30, 1735 – John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States was born in what is now known as Quincy, MA.

31, 1864 – Nevada became the 36th state.

Other Stuff

  • Rain in October means wind in December
  • When berries are many in October, beware of a hard winter
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