Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
October 4th

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1209*Pope Innocent III crowns Roman Catholic Emperor Otto IV.Ref: 69
1535*London printer Miles Coverdale, 47, published his English version of the Bible. A good translator who later served on two other translation committees, Coverdale was also popular as a Lutheran preacher.Ref: 5
1636*First code of law for Plymouth Colony.Ref: 5
1648*Peter Stuyvesant establishes Americas first volunteer firemen.Ref: 5
1795*General Napoleon Bonaparte leads the rout of counterrevolutionaries in the streets of Paris, beginning his rise to power.Ref: 2
1824 Mexico becomes a republic.Ref: 5
1830 Provisional government declares secession of Belgium from Netherlands.Ref: 5
1854*Honest Abe Lincoln made his first great political speech while attending the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.Ref: 5
1864*National black convention meets (Syracuse NY).Ref: 5
1864*New Orleans Tribune, first black daily newspaper, forms.Ref: 5
1867*In Southwest Africa, the Rhenish Missionary Church constituted itself as the Evangelical Lutheran Church.Ref: 5
1874*Kiowa leader Satanta, known as "the Orator of the Plains," surrenders in Darlington, Texas. He is later sent to the state penitentiary, where he commits suicide October 11, 1878.Ref: 2
1883*Orient Express' 1st run, linking Turkey to Europe (Constantinople to Paris) by rail.Ref: 5
1910*Portugal becomes a republic, King Manuel II flees to England.Ref: 5
1915*The bill establishing Dinosaur National Monument was signedRef: 62
1916*Market Street's "Path of Gold" lit for first time.Ref: 5
1926*Dahlia is officially designated as SF city flower.Ref: 5
1933*In Germany, Jews are prohibited from being newspaper editors.Ref: 35
1943*Du Pont engineers release reactor design drawings for the first Hanford plutonium production pile, B-100, allowing construction to begin.Ref: 91
1943*Himmler talks openly about the Final Solution at Posen.Ref: 35
1946*The U.S. Navy seized oil refineries in order to break a 20-state post-war strike.Ref: 59
1955*Rev Sun Young Moon leaves prison in Seoul.Ref: 5
1958*5th French republic established.Ref: 5
1963*Gambia achieves full internal self-government.Ref: 5
1965*Paul VI arrived in New York City, making him the first pope in history to visit the United States. While speaking at the UN, Paul published a document exonerating the Jews of all blame in the death of Christ.Ref: 5
1966*Lesotho (Basutoland) gains independence from Britain (National Day).Ref: 5
1969*UN starts issuing postage stamps at Geneva headquarters.Ref: 5
1972*Judge John Sirca imposes a gag order on the Watergate break-in case.Ref: 2
1976*Agriculture secretary Earl Butz resigned in the wake of a controversy over a joke he'd made about blacks.Ref: 70
1976*In Gregg v. Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court lifts the ban (set on 6/29/1972 as against the 8th amendment) on the death sentence in murder cases. This restores the legality of capital punishment, which had not been practiced since 1967. The first execution following this ruling was Gary Gilmore in 1977.Ref: 2
1976*The FBI established an Office of Professional Responsibility to investigate charges of malfeasance against Bureau employees.Ref: 14
1977*Pier 39 opens in SF.Ref: 5
1979*A new library opens in Beavercreek Township (in Greene County OH). (XDG, p 8A, 2/27/2003)Ref: 83
1980*Some 520 people were forced to abandon the cruise ship "Prisendam" in the Gulf of Alaska after the Dutch luxury liner caught fire -- no deaths or serious injury resulted.Ref: 6
1984*US govt closes down due to budget problems.Ref: 5
1984*Yanks clinch AL East.Ref: 5
1988*Pillsbury stock soars $18.37 to $57.37 on takeover bid.Ref: 5
1990 Regional elections held, in what was East Germany.Ref: 5
1990 German lawmakers met in the Reichstag in Berlin for the first meeting of reunified Germany's parliament.Ref: 70
1991 For the first time in nearly six decades, German lawmakers met in the Reichstag for the first meeting of reunified Germany's parliament.Ref: 6
1993*Ten hours into a tank assault on the Russian White House parliament building, rebel parliamentarians led by Vice President Alexander Rutskoi and Chairman Ruslan Khasbulatov surrender to Russian president Boris Yeltsin. (XDG, p 4A, 10/04/2003)Ref: 83
1996*Hurricane "Opal" batters the Florida panhandle.Ref: 6
1996*Pope John Paul II arrived in the United States for a five-day visit.Ref: 6
1997*Hundreds of thousands of men attended a Promise Keepers rally on the Mall in Washington, D.C., in one of the largest religious gatherings in U.S. history.Ref: 70
1998 Russian envoys warned Yugoslav President Milosevic that NATO launch airstrikes unless he took "decisive measures" to end the humanitarian crisis in the southern provice of Kosovo. (XDG, p 4A, 10/04/2003)Ref: 83
1998*Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso wins re-election. (Columbus Dispatch, p C5, 10/04/2003) 
2001*NATO approved a U.S. request for military assistance in the anti-terror campaign.Ref: 70
2001*Authorities confirmed that a photo editor at the supermarket tabloid The Sun in Boca Raton, Fla., had contracted the inhaled form of anthrax; he died the following day.Ref: 70
2002*(DC Sniper) 2:30PM A Washington DC serial sniper shoots, but does not kill, his 7th victim, a 43-year old woman, in the parking lot of a crafts store in Spotsylvania County, VA. (USA Today, p 3A, 10/08/2002)Ref: 13
2002*Communist China's second richest man (est $900M, businessman Yang Bin, is place on house arrest on suspicion of tax evasion, falsifying company reports and violations of local land-use laws. Yang admits to owing more than $1M in back taxes. (USA Today, P 3B, 10/16/2002)Ref: 13
2002*John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," received a 20-year sentence after a sobbing, halting plea for forgiveness before a federal judge in Alexandria, Va.Ref: 70
2002*Richard Reid pleaded guilty in a federal court in Boston to trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives hidden in his shoes.Ref: 70
2003*An extremely rare limbless lizard, the Barkudia skink, was found in a brackish lagoon on Badakuda Island in the Indian state of Orissa. This is the first sighting since the discovery of the reptile in 1917. (Columbus Dispatch, p A6, 10/04/2003) 
2003*Hundreds are injured on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido when an 8.0 earthquake hits the area. (Columbus Dispatch, p A6, 10/04/2003) 
2003*A terrifying celestial fireball rattles windows and illuminates the sky above eastern India's Orissa state before breaking apart and raining down on a populated area. Several people were treated for injuries from falling debris, temporary blindness or falling. A 13-pound "stonelike object" was found in a rice field nearby. Geologists have been dispatched to the area. (Columbus Dispatch, p A6, 10/04/2003) 
2003*A sudden outbreak of a severe respiratory illness in the Ukrainian town of Verblian has hospitalized 19 children. (Columbus Dispatch, p A6, 10/04/2003) 
2003*Violent eruptions of Indonesia's Mount Lewotobi since August 31 have triggered respiratory distress and skin diseases in over 500 area residents. (Columbus Dispatch, p A6, 10/04/2003) 
1881*The player piano was invented by Edward Leveaux of Sussex, England, who received a patent for it this day. There were many player piano inventions going on throughout the world during this time. Leveaux happened to be the lucky chap who received the patent England was handing out.Ref: 5
1905*Orville Wright pilots the first flight longer than 30 minutes. The flight lasted 33 minutes, 17 seconds and covered 21 miles.Ref: 2
1909*The first airship race in the United States begins in St. Louis, Missouri, with four hydrogen-filled dirigibles, all the existing airships in the United States, participating in the competition. First prize is $1000. 
1949*An entire field artillery battery is dropped from a C-82 by parachute.Ref: 50
1957*Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, is launched, beginning the "space race." The satellite, built by Valentin Glushko, weighed 184 pounds and was launched by a converted Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). Sputnik orbited the earth every 96 minutes at a maximum height of 584 miles. In 1958, it reentered the earth's atmosphere and burned up.Ref: 2
1958*The first trans-Atlantic passenger jetliner service was begun by British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) with flights between London and NY.Ref: 70
1959*USSR Luna 3 sent back first photos of Moon's far side.Ref: 5
1960*Courier 1B launched; first active repeater satellite in orbit.Ref: 5
1962*USAF Maj Robert A Rushworth takes X-15 to 32,300 m.Ref: 5
1965*USSR launches Luna 7; crash lands on Moon.Ref: 40
1970*Herbert Schmidtz makes highest parachute jump from a tower by leaping from a 1,984 ft TV mast in Tulsa, OKRef: 5
1777*At Germantown, Pa., British General Sir William Howe repels George Washington's last attempt to retake Philadelphia, compelling Washington to spend the winter at Valley Forge.Ref: 2
1853 The Crimean War begins.Ref: 62
1861*The Union ship USS South Carolina captures two Confederate blockade runners outside of New Orleans, La.Ref: 2
1862*Battle of Corinth ends.Ref: 5
1863*Quantrill's Raiders (Confederate irregulars) attack, defeat and slaughter the Union calvary under the command of Union General James Blunt at Baxter Springs, Kansas. This was the sole defeat suffered by General Blunt during the War, and Blunt himself was lucky to escape the battle with his life. 
1914*The first German Zeppelin raids London.Ref: 2
1940*Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini conferred at Brenner Pass in the Alps, where the Nazi leader sought Italy's help in fighting the British.Ref: 70
1942*Second scrap metal drive.Ref: 37
1944*The Allies land in Greece. 
1968*Cambodia admits that the Viet Cong use their country for sanctuary.Ref: 2
1992 The Mozambique government signs a cease-fire with leaders of the Mozambican National Resistance (MNR), ending a sixteen-year civil war. 
1993*Dozens of cheering, dancing Somalis dragged the body of an American soldier through the streets of Mogadishu.Ref: 70
1888*Ed Crane, New York Giants, strikes out 4 batters in the 5th inning. (Sporting News Complete Baseball Record Book, 2002, ISBN 0-89204-668-0) 
1895*The first U.S. Open golf tournament is held, at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island. Horace Rawlins, a 19-year old Englishman wins.Ref: 70
1901 Columbia (US) beats Shamrock II (England) in 12th America's Cup.Ref: 5
1906*Setting a major league mark, the Cubs win their 116th game completing the season with an astounding .763 winning percentage.Ref: 1
1919*(Black Sox) $20,000 is delivered to Gandil. He divides it evenly among Risberg, Felsch, Williams and Jackson. Cincinnati wins the fourth game of the World Series 2 to 0.Ref: 87
1923*Young Stribling held light-heavyweight boxing championship for the shortest amount of time (3 hrs). Referee overturns the decision.Ref: 5
1924*NY Giants become first team to appear in 4 consecutive World Series (World Series #21).Ref: 5
1924*At Griffith Stadium,Calvin Coolidge becomes the first U.S. President to attend a World Series opener. The Giants edge the hometown Senators in 12 innings, 4-3.Ref: 1
1925*In the season finale, Tiger outfielder Ty Cobb and Browns' first baseman George Sisler pitch against each other as Detroit beats St. Louis, 11-6. Both players, better known for their hitting, are the player-manager of their respective teams.Ref: 1
1928*25th World Series begins, NY Yankees vs St Louis Cardinals.Ref: 5
1940*Wrestling returns to Madison Sq Garden after 12 year lay off.Ref: 5
1940*Frankie Zivic beats Henry Armstrong for the welterweight boxing title.Ref: 97
1944*The St Louis World Series-Cards vs Browns St Louis Browns win first World Series game in their only appearance (World Series #41).Ref: 5
1948*In a one-game playoff, the Indians, behind rookie Gene Bearden, beat the Red Sox for the AL flag, 8-3. It is the young knuckleballer's 20th victory of the season.Ref: 1
1949*American Contract Bridge League votes 58% to keep blacks out.Ref: 5
1955*After more than half a century of futility, the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers finally win a World Championship thanks to Johnny Podres' 2-0 shutout of the Yankees and an outstanding catch by Sandy AmorosRef: 1
1959*First world series (World Series #56) game played west of St Louis (in LA).Ref: 5
1962*When Willie Mays scores on a surprise bunt by Jose Pagan in Game 1, Whitey Ford sees his World Series consecutive scoreless inning streak come to an end at 33 2/3 innings. Clete Boyer's 7th inning HR, however, helps Ford win a record 12th and final fall classic victory as the Yankees defeat the Giants, 6-2.Ref: 1
1964*St Louis Cards clinch NL pennant.Ref: 5
1964*Patriots' Gino Cappelletti kicks 6-of-6 field goals against Broncos.Ref: 5
1967*First World Series since 1948 not to feature Yanks, Giants or Dodgers (World Series #64).Ref: 5
1969*In the first ever League Championship Series playoff game, the Mets beat the Braves 9-5 in Atlanta.Ref: 1
1970*Jan Stenerud of KS City Chiefs kicks 55-yard field goal.Ref: 5
1978*Singer Tammy Wynette is kidnapped and beaten. She is made to drive for two hours and then released. The perpetrator was never identified.Ref: 52
1981 Pasakevi Kouna of Greece (9) is youngest intl gymnastics participant.Ref: 5
1981*The Reds finish with the best record in the Major Leagues, but don't make the playoffs. Due to an unusual "split-season" format, the Reds do not qualify for post-season play.Ref: 86
1983*Briton Richard Noble raced to a new one-mile land speed record in his jet-powered Thrust 2 vehicle. The Thrust 2, a 17,000-pound jet-powered Rolls-Royce Avon 302 designed by John Ackroyd, reached a record 633.468 mph over the one-mile course in Nevada's stark Black Rock Desert, breaking the 631.367 mph speed record achieved by Gary Gabelich's Blue Flame in 1970.Ref: 5
1984*“There it goes! It could be, it might be, it’s...” A sad day for long-suffering Chicago Cubs fans. Chicago lost to the Padres 7-1 in the National League Championship Series.Ref: 4
1985 Henry G Perry completes 157 day, 14,021 mile bicycle tour of Australia.Ref: 5
1986*Yankee closer Dave Righetti saves both ends of a doubleheader bringing his major league record total to 46.Ref: 1
1987*Defeating the Blue Jays 1-0, the Tigers win the American League East title. Toronto loses their last seven games of the season, including three straight in the season-ending series at Tiger Stadium to complete one of the greatest collapses in baseball history.Ref: 1
1987*James Jefferson of Winnipeg scores 2 TDs on interception returns without making an interception. (He scored on laterals.)Ref: 5
1987*First "Scrub Sunday" of NFL football with replacement players.Ref: 5
1991*NHL NY Rangers trade Bernie Nichols to Edmonton for Mark MessierRef: 5
1992*Miami Dolphins’ safety Louis Oliver grabbed three interceptions from the Buffalo Bills and returned one for a 103-yard touchdown. That return tied for the NFL’s all-time longest interception return with a 103-yard return by San Diego’s Vencie Glenn against Denver on November 29, 1987.Ref: 5
1996*Jim Leyland is named as the third manager in Florida Marlins history.Ref: 86
1996*Playoff baseball finally comes to Arlington, but the New York Yankees score two runs in the ninth inning for a 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers before 50,860 at The Ballpark in Arlington.Ref: 86
1998*Sterling Hitchcock, of the San Diego Padres, fans 11 in 6.0 innings, leading the Padres to a 6-1 win over Johnson and the Astros, wrapping up the best-of-5 Division Series, 3 games to 1.Ref: 86
1999*On the last day of the season, New York infielder Rey Ordonez extends the major league record playing 100 errorless games at shortstop. During this span, the Cuban native handles 411 chances flawlessly for the Mets.Ref: 1
2001*Barry Bonds ties Mark McGwire's single-season home run record established three years ago as he hits his 70th round-tripper. The historic homer, a shot to right-center at Enron Field, is given up in the ninth inning by Astro rookie hurler Wilfredo Rodriguez in a Giant 10-2 victory.Ref: 1
2001*With his third inning home run, 42-year-old Rickey Henderson breaks Ty Cobb's record to become the leading run-scorer in baseball history. To punctuate scoring his 2,246th run, the Padre outfielder slides into home.Ref: 1
2001*Appearing in a game against the Red Sox at Camden Field Oriole outfielders Tim Raines and Tim Raines Jr. become the second father-son combination played for the same team on the major league level. Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. both played for the Mariners in 1990.Ref: 1
2002*The A's become the first team in postseason history to hit consecutive home runs to start a game. The back-to-back homers are hit by leadoff man Ray Durham (an inside-the-park round tripper) and Scott Hatteberg.Ref: 1
2002*Commissioner Bud Selig has apologizes to St. Louis fans for the late playoff start time for Cardinal and Diamondback Game 1 NLDS game and promises it will not happen again.. The 10 p.m. CDT start was due to many of the playoff teams coming from the west and baseball's desire not to have two game being played at the same time.Ref: 1
1887 James Gordon Bennett Jr. publishes the first issue of the International Herald Tribune was published as the Paris Herald Tribune.Ref: 70
1900*Fiction: Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "The Problem of Thor Bridge" (BG).Ref: 5
1931*“Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” Gumshoe Dick Tracy debuted in The Detroit Mirror. A week later, The New York Daily News and hundreds of others picked up the Chester Gould comic strip.Ref: 4
1933 Esquire magazine was published for the first time. Considered racy for its time, it pales in comparison to today’s choices of reading material. Esquire can now be described as sophisticated.Ref: 5
1935*Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegal receive a conditional acceptance from Wheeler-Nicholson regarding their idea of "Superman". Wheeler-Nicholson encourages the use of color rather than the black and white of daily newspaper strips. Shuster and Siegal reject the offer. (Daniels, Les, "Superman", 1998, ISBN 0-8118-2162-5) 
1939*A barber from Canonsburg (near Pittsburgh), PA, who had quite a singing voice, recorded That Old Gang of Mine with the Ted Weems Orchestra. That singer was the feature of the Weems band for many years before going solo as a radio, TV and stage star. You know him as ‘The Incomparable Mr. C.’, Perry Como. His string of hits for RCA Victor spans four decades. He was an NBC mainstay for years and years.Ref: 5
1948 Gordon MacRae hosted the premiere of a radio classic. The Railroad Hour debuted on ABC radio. The theme song was I’ve Been Working on the Railroad and the show was sponsored by -- get ready -- America’s Railroads.Ref: 4
1950*Snoopy the dog makes his first appearance in Charlie Brown comic strip by Charles Schultz.Ref: 10
1953*I Led Three Lives was first seen in syndication (it was never on a TV network) this day. Richard Carlson starring as Herbert Philbrick.Ref: 4
1954*Comedienne Spring Byington began the successful network TV series, December Bride -- on CBS. The show had started on radio in 1952 before making the switch to black and white TV.Ref: 5
1957*"Leave It to Beaver," debuts on CBS-TV.Ref: 5
1971*Borden's opens a turn-of-century ice cream parlor at Disney World.Ref: 5
1974*John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges" albumRef: 5
1976*TV audiences watched as Barbara Walters joined Harry Reasoner at the anchor desk of the ABC Evening News for the first time. Walters made the switch with a million-dollar paycheck, becoming the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast.Ref: 4
1981*Olympic star Bruce Jenner added the title of actor to his resume. He joined singer Harry Belafonte in their first dramatic roles on NBC-TV’s Grambling’s White Tiger. The story line involved Jenner as an object of reverse discrimination upon his enrollment at the famous all-black southern college.Ref: 5
1986*Dan Rather, of The CBS Evening News, was mugged in New York City. Some ten years later, Rather’s attacker was identifed as William Tager, who fatally shot an NBC technician outside of the "Today" show studios in 1994.Ref: 4
2003*A tiger attack Roy Horn (of Siegfried and Roy) during a performance at The Mirage hotel. Horn is listed in critical condition. (Columbus Dispatch, p A8, 10/04/2003) 
2003*Becky Didier, 17, a senior at Fairborn HS [in Greene County OH, near Xenia] wins 4th place in solo, 6th place in presentation and 7th place in dance twirl, in a national baton competition held in July, 2003 at Daytona Beach FL, according to the XDG. (XDG, p 8A, 10/04/2003)Ref: 83
1289*Louis X, King of Navarre (1305-14) and king of France (1314-6), is born.Ref: 70
1550*Charles IX, King of Sweden (1604-11), is born.Ref: 70
1626*Richard Cromwell lord protector of England (1658-59), is born.Ref: 5
1814*Jean Francois Millet, French painter, is born.Ref: 70
1822*Rutherford B. Hayes (R), 19th president of the U.S. (1877-1881), is born in Delaware, Ohio.Ref: 2
1827 Admiral Lord Keyes is born.Ref: 10
1850*John W McGraw (Gov-R-Wash) (1893-97), is born.Ref: 5
1858*Birth of Dorothy Frances Gurney, English devotional writer. During her lifetime she published two volumes of verse, as well as a small devotional work entitled, 'A Little Book of Quiet.'.Ref: 5
1860*Sidney Paget illustrated Sherlock Holmes adventures, is born.Ref: 5
1861*Frederic Remington US, artist/sculptor of the American West, is born.Ref: 5
1862*Edward Stratemeyer, author, creator of the Hardy Boys, Rover Boys, Nancy Drew and the Bobbsey Twins, is born.Ref: 2
1879*Edward Murray East, botanist whose research led to the development of hybrid corn, is born.Ref: 2
1880*(Alfred) Damon Runyon journalist; script writer: The Lemon Drop Kid, Little Miss Marker, Sorrowful Jones, Guys and Dolls, Pocketful of Miracles; is born.Ref: 4
1884*Damon Runyon, journalist and short story writer, is born.Ref: 2
1889*John B Kelly Olympic champion rower/father of Grace Kelly, is born.Ref: 5
1889*Buster Keaton, American actor, is born.Ref: 70
1890*69 John Kelly 10/4/1890 6/20/1960 American oarsmanRef: 70
1892*Engelbert Dollfuss Austrian Fascist chancellor killed by Nazis, is born.Ref: 5
1894*Cliff Hall Brooklyn NY, actor (Crime Photographer), is born.Ref: 5
1895*Buster (Joseph F.) Keaton, star of silent film comedies including Sherlock, Jr. and The General, is born in Piqua, KS.Ref: 2
1903*-John Vincent Atanasoff, inventor of the Atanasoff Berry Computer, the world's first electronic digital computer, is born. 
1910*Baseball's Frankie (Frank Peter Joseph) Crosetti, NY Yankees coach, is born.Ref: 4
1917*Jan Murray (Murry Janofsky), Bronx NY, comedian (Treasure Hunt, Who Killed Teddy Bear), is born.Ref: 5
1919*Rene Marques, Puerto Rican playwright and short story writer, is born.Ref: 2
1922*Malcolm Baldrige Conn, US Secretary of Commerce (1981-87), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Charlton Heston (John Charlton Carter), Academy Award-winning actor: Ben-Hur [1959]; In the Mouth of Madness, A Thousand Heroes, Tombstone, El Cid, Earthquake, The Ten Commandments, Planet of the Apes, Khartoum, Airport ’75, Midway, Omega Man, Antony & Cleopatra, True Lies; president: National Rifle Association [NRA], is born in Evanston IL. (also TWA, 1998)Ref: 4
1927*Rip (Eldon John) Repulski baseball: SL Cardinals [all-star: 1956], Philadelphia Phillies, LA Dodgers [World Series: 1959], Boston Red Sox; is born.Ref: 4
1928*Alvin Toffler author: Future Shock, Power Shift, The Third Wave, is born.Ref: 4
1929*Leroy Van Dyke singer: Walk on By, Auctioneer, If a Woman Answers; film: What am I Bid? Is born in Spring Fork MO.Ref: 5
1932*Felicia Farr Westchester NY, actress (Charley Varrick, Kotch), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Sam Huff NFL linebacker (NY Giants, Washington Redskins), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Eddie Applegate Wyncote Pa, actor (Richard-Patty Duke Show), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Jimmy Orr football: Baltimore Colts wide receiver: Super Bowl III, V, is born.Ref: 4
1941*Jackie Collins London, author (Bitch, Stud), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Lori Saunders KS City Mo (Petticoat Junction, Dusty Trails), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Anne Rice (Howard O’Brien Rice) author: Interview with a Vampire, is born.Ref: 4
1941*Jerrel Wilson football: Kansas City Chiefs punter: Super Bowl I, IV, is born.Ref: 4
1943*Buddy Roemer (Gov-D-La), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Owen Keir Davidson Australia, 4 time Wimbledon mix double champ, is born.Ref: 5
1944*Patti LaBelle singer (LaBelles-Lady Marmalade), is born.Ref: 5
1945*Clifton Davis Chicago Ill, actor/singer (That's My Mama, Amen), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Susan Sarandon [Tomaling], Jackson Hgts NY, actress (Bull Durham), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Jim Fielder musician: bass: groups: Buffalo Springfield; Mothers of Invention; Blood, Sweat & Tears: Spinning Wheel, You’ve Made Me So Very Happy, And When I Die, is born.Ref: 4
1947*Jim McFarland football: Univ. of Nebraska [All Big 8/All-American: 1968, 1969], SL Cardinals, Miami Dolphins; attorney; Nebraska State Senator, is born.Ref: 4
1948*Cedrick Hardman football: Oakland Raiders defensive end: Super Bowl XV, is born.Ref: 4
1949*Armand Assante NYC, actor (Private Benjamin, Unfaithfully Yours), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Mike Adamle football: Northwestern Univ. [All-America fullback/Big Ten MVP: 1970], KC Chiefs, NY Jets, Chicago Bears; sports anchor/host: WLS-TV, Chicago, NBC Sports, ABC Sports, ESPN, is born.Ref: 4
1950*Ed (Edward Louis) Halicki baseball: SF Giants, California Angels, is born.Ref: 4
1950*Alan Rosenberg actor: The Last Temptation of Christ, The Preppie Murder, L.A. Law, Witch Hunt, Cybill, Chicago Hope, The Guardian, is born.Ref: 4
1959*Chris Lowe musician: keyboards: group: Pet Shop Boys: LP: What Have I Done to Deserve This, is born.Ref: 4
1960*Jennifer Anglin Adrian Mich, actress (Cheryl-General Hospital), is born.Ref: 5
1961*David W Harper Abilene TX, actor (Jim Bob-Waltons), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Live Schreiber actor: Jakob the Liar, Buffalo Girls, The Sunshine Boys, Ransom, Scream series, Sphere, The Hurricane, Hamlet, is born.Ref: 4
1971*Tammi Ann (Fallon) actress: X-rated films, is born.Ref: 5
1976*Alicia Silverstone actress: Clueless, The Babysitter, Batman & Robin, Blast from the Past, is born.Ref: 4
1980*Jimmy Workman actor: The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, is born.Ref: 4
1989*Dakota Johnson son of Melanie Griffith & Don Johnson, is born.Ref: 5
1582 Saint Teresa of Avila dies.Ref: 10
1669*Rembrandt (Van Rijn) artist: 300 etchings, 1,400 drawings, 600 paintings: The Night Watch, Man with a Magnifying Glass, The Anatomy Lesson of Professor Tulp, Descent from the Cross, Rape of Ganymede; dies at age 63.Ref: 4
1688*Philips Koninck, Dutch painter, dies at age 68,Ref: 70
1784*Giovanni Battista Martini, Italian composer, music theorist and teacher, dies at age 78.Ref: 70
1859*Karl Baedeker, German publisher, dies at age 57.Ref: 70
1876*Johannes Rebmann, German missionary/explorer, dies at age 56.Ref: 70
1877*Eduard Devrient,7 German dramatist, dies at age 76.Ref: 70
1880*Jacques Offenbach, Cologne, French composer (Tales of Hoffmann), dies.Ref: 68
1887*The Louisiana Militia, aided by bands of "prominent citizens," shot 35 unarmed black sugar workers striking to gain a dollar-per-day wage, and lynched two strike leaders.Ref: 59
1890 Death of Catherine Booth, 61, wife of Salvation Army founder William Booth.Ref: 5
1904*Frederic Auguste Bartholdi sculptor: Statue of Liberty, Lion of Belfort; dies at age 70.Ref: 68
1912*Nicaraguan Gen Zeledon, opponent of US occupation, is executed.Ref: 5
1944*Al Smith former governor of NY, 1928 Democratic Party presidential nominee; dies.Ref: 70
1946*Barney Oldfield, American race car driver, dies at age 68.Ref: 68
1947*Max Planck, German Nobel Prize-winning physicist (1918); originated quantum theory, dies.Ref: 70
1948*Sir Arthur Whitten Brown, English aviator; co-captained the first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic, dies at age 62.Ref: 70
1954*Francesco Borgongini-Duca, Italian Vatican cardinal, dies at age 70.Ref: 70
1961*Max Weber, Russian-born American painter, printmaker and sculptor, dies at age 80.Ref: 70
1962*John Lowry Mount Vernon NY, NYC builder, dies at 79.Ref: 5
1963*(through the 8th) Killer hurricane Flora kills 6,000 in Caribbean. (TWA, 1998)Ref: 95
1964*3 cars of a commuter train derail in South Africa killing 81.Ref: 5
1966*Sherman Billingsley talk show host (Stork Club), dies at 66.Ref: 5
1970*Janis Joplin died from a drug overdose in her Hollywood hotel room. She was 27. Joplin, known for her passionate, bluesy, vocal style, was the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company. She became a superstar with hits like, Down on Me, Pearl (her nickname) and Every Little Piece of My Heart; but Me and Bobby McGee was her only certified top 40 hit. The Bette Midler movie, The Rose, was based on Joplin’s life.Ref: 5
1972*Colin Gordon actor (John-The Baron), dies at 61.Ref: 5
1974 Anne Sexton dies.Ref: 10
1976*Alexander Gray singer (This is Music), dies at 74.Ref: 5
1978*Funeral services held for Pope John Paul I.Ref: 5
1980*Earthquakes of 7.7 and 6.54 kill 3500 in northwestern Algeria. (TWA, 1998)Ref: 95
1982*Leroy Randle Grumman, American aeronautical engineer and founder of Grumman Aircraft, dies at age 87.Ref: 70
1982*Glenn (Herbert) Gould pianist, composer: films: Spheres, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Wars; wrote piano essay about Petula Clark; , dies at age 50.Ref: 4
1985*Islamic Jihad issued a statement saying it had killed American hostage William Buckley.Ref: 70
1989*Graham Chapman, of Monty Python's Flying Circus, died of cancerRef: 62
1989*Secretariat (Racehorse)Ref: 10
1990*Jill Bennett actress: For Your Eyes Only, The Old Curiosity Shop, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Sheltering Sky; dies/Ref: 4
1991*Leonard C Odell wrote 7,000 Burma Shave poems, dies at 83Ref: 5
1999*Art Farmer musician: trumpet, flugelhorn: worked w/Horace Henderson, Johnny Otis, Lionel Hampton Band; recorded be-bop classic Farmer’s Market; developed musical instrument called ‘flumpet’; dies.Ref: 5
1999 Bernard Buffet suicideRef: 10
2003*Former two-term governor of Arkansas, Sid McMath, dies in Little Rock at age 91. (WSJ, p A1, 10/06/2003)Ref: 33
2003*More than 3000 stray dogs around Athens Greece are said to have been killed in an effort to clean up the city prior to the city's hosting of the 2004 Olympics. (Columbus Dispatch, p A6, 10/04/2003) 
2003*The remains of 400 free blacks and slaves discovered in a New York City colonial burial ground twelve years ago are reinterred. (XDG, p 5A, 10/06/2003)Ref: 83
2003*Hurricane Juan, the most powerful to lash Nova Scotia in decades, kills two people and knocks out power to thousands. (Columbus Dispatch, p A6, 10/04/2003) 

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