Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
October 5th

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869*The Fourth Constantinople (8th Ecumenical) Council opened under Pope Adrian II in the West and Emperor Basil I in the East. During its six sessions, the council condemned iconoclasm. It was the last ecumenical council held in the East.Ref: 5
1450*Jews are expelled from Lower Bavaria by order of Ludwig IX.Ref: 5
1692*(Salem Witch Trials) (date approximate) Five-year old Dorcas Good, daughter of a poor laborer imprisoned since May, is finally released when her father was able to raise bail.Ref: 16
1744*Following his ordination, David Brainerd, 26, began three years of intense missionary labors among the Indians along the Susquehannah River in New Jersey. Increasing illness from the elements led to Brainerd's premature death, after only three years.Ref: 5
1793*The Revolutionary Calendar is adopted in France. This day becomes 14 Vendemiaire (grape harvest) Year II. Months were named for seasonal characteristics and years from the beginning of the revolution.Ref: 62
1793*Christianity abolished in France.Ref: 10
1795*The day after he routed counterrevolutionaries in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte accepts their formal surrender. Napoleon takes charge.Ref: 2
1799*Avalanche in Panixer Pass, Switzerland. No details.Ref: 81
1846*Donner Party: With tempers running short, James Reed kills teamster John Snyder in an altercation largely provoked by Snyder at Iron Point. Reed is ultimately banished; he goes ahead to bring back supplies. Walter Herron accompanies him.Ref: 27
1875*Palace Hotel on Market Street, SF opens.Ref: 5
1877*“From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.” With those words, Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians surrendered to the U.S. Cavalry. The surrender took place at Bear’s Paw, Chinook, Montana.Ref: 5
1882*Outlaw Frank James surrenders in Missouri six months after brother Jesse's assassination.Ref: 2
1892*The Dalton Gang, notorious for its train robberies, was practically wiped out while attempting to rob a pair of banks in Coffeyville, Kan.Ref: 70
1905*At Huffman Prairie, Greene County, OH, Wilbur Wright flies over 24 miles in 39 minutes 23 seconds.Ref: 46
1908 Bulgaria declares independence from Turkey, Ferdinand I becomes Tsar.Ref: 5
1910*Portuguese Republic proclaimed; Manoel II deposed; provisional presidency under Theophilo Braga.Ref: 5
1921 Present constitution of Liechtenstein comes into effect.Ref: 5
1937*President Franklin D. Roosevelt calls for a "quarantine" of aggressor nations.Ref: 70
1938*In Germany, law requires Jewish passports to be stamped with a large red "J."Ref: 35
1939*The Xenia (Ohio) City Building at 101 Detroit Street conducts its first open house. 
1942*Himmler orders all Jews in concentration camps in Germany to be sent to Auschwitz and Majdanek.Ref: 35
1942*Col. Groves visits the Met Lab and meets the key scientists, including Oppenheimer. He orders key engineering decisions for plutonium production, under debate for months, be made in 5 days.Ref: 91
1953*(US Supreme Court Justice) Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th chief justice of the United States, succeeding Fred M. Vinson.Ref: 70
1954*Hurricane Hazel hits Eastern US.Ref: 5
1960*The ABM early warning system, Thule Greenland, detects the moonrise as a large Russian missile contingent headed for the USRef: 62
1962*(Berlin Wall) The House votes 312-0 to authorize the President to use force in Germany after the building of the Berlin Wall. (USA Today, p 5A, 10/08/2002)Ref: 13
1963*Hyde St Pier re-opens as State Historical Park.Ref: 5
1964*SF Fire Department Museum is dedicated.Ref: 5
1966*A sodium cooling system malfunction causes a partial core meltdown at the Enrico Fermi demonstration breeder reactor near Detroit. Radiation is contained.Ref: 2
1969*In an embarrassing breach of the United States' air defense capability, a Cuban defector enters U.S. air space undetected and lands his Soviet-made MiG-17 at Homestead Air Force Base near Miami, Florida. 
1970*British trade commissioner James Richard Cross was kidnapped in Canada by militant Quebec separatists; he was released the following December.Ref: 5
1971*(Manson) (day unspecified) Charles "Tex" Watson is convicted on seven counts of first-degree murder.Ref: 87
1972*Herbert Mullin first kills, to prevent earthquakes.Ref: 5
1978*Isaac Bashevis Singer wins the Nobel Prize for literature.Ref: 5
1981*Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg becomes an honarary American.Ref: 5
1983*Solidarity founder Lech Walesa was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, founder of Solidarity, campaigner for human rights, for his efforts on behalf of Polish workers.Ref: 4
1986*London Sunday Times reports Israel is stocking nuclear arms.Ref: 5
1988 Israel bans Meir Kahane's Kach Party on grounds of racism.Ref: 5
1988*Democrat Lloyd Bentsen lambasted Republican Dan Quayle during their vice-presidential debate, telling Quayle, "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."Ref: 70
1989*Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for nonviolent efforts to free his homeland from China. The Committee’s citation read, “The Committee wants to emphasize the fact that the Dalai Lama in his struggle for the liberation of Tibet consistently has opposed the use of violence. He has instead advocated peaceful solutions based upon tolerance and mutual respect in order to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of his people.”Ref: 5
1989*Ten months after being indicted by a federal grand jury in Charlotte, North Carolina, televangelist Jim Bakker, 50, was found guilty on 24 counts of mail and wire fraud. Three weeks later, on October 24th, Bakker was fined $500,000 and sentenced to 45 years in prison.Ref: 5
1991*The US House of Representatives rejected a $500 billion budget agreement forged by congressional leaders and the Bush administration.Ref: 6
1994*House passes bill saying MIA accounting should remain central to U.S. policy in Vietnam and the main function of a U.S. liaison office in Vietnam.Ref: 41
1996*Seamus Heaney of Ireland won the 1995 Nobel Prize in literature.Ref: 6
1998*Michael Carneal pleaded guilty but mentally ill to fatally shooting three fellow students and wounding five other people at Heath High School in West Paducah, Ky. (He was later sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole for 25 years.)Ref: 70
1999*MCI WorldCom Inc. announced a $115 billion deal to take over Sprint Corp.Ref: 70
1999*Sam Sheppard's wife's (Marilyn) body is exhumed on the order of county prosecutors, along with the separately contained fetus she was carrying. DNA and other tests are performed. Prosecutors say they point to Sam Sheppard as the killer. (Ref:Dayton Daily News, 01/30/00, p 6A) 
2003*(Mutual Funds) Merrill Lynch ousts three fund brokers tied to the illegal mutual fund trading probe. Fred Alger Management also suspends three fund brokers. (WSJ, p C1, 10/29/2003)Ref: 33
1880*The first ball-point pen is patented on this day by Alonzo T. Cross.Ref: 2
1914*A Voisin III biplane bomber shoots down a German Aviatik reconaissance aircraft with a Hotchkiss machine gun. This was the first conventional air-to-air kill.Ref: 49
1922*Lts. J.A.Macready and O.G.Kelly set a world endurance record of 35 hrs., 18 min. 30 sec.Ref: 50
1923*Edwin Hubble identifies Cepheid variable star.Ref: 5
1930*Laura Ingalls takes off from Roosevelt Field NY en route to Glendale CA in an attempt to became the first woman to fly across the United States. She will complete here journey on the 9th.Ref: 39
1931*Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon complete the first heavier than air nonstop flight over the Pacific. Their flight, begun October 3, lasted 41 hours, 31 minutes and covered 5,000 miles. They piloted their Bellanca CH-200 monoplane from Samushiro, 300 miles north of Tokyo, Japan, to Wenatchee, Washington.Ref: 2
1936*Coaxial cable strung between NY City and Philadelphia made it possible for the first intercity telecast.Ref: 5
1965*Dick McInnes stays aloft almost 12 hours in a kite.Ref: 5
1965*The USAF made its first successful launch of an orbiting satellite.Ref: 50
1982 Unmanned rocket sled reaches 9,851 kph at White Sands, NM.Ref: 5
1984*13th Space Shuttle Mission (41-G)-Challenger 6-launched carrying the first Canadian, Marc Garneau, into orbit.Ref: 5
1762*The British fleet bombards and captures Spanish-held Manila in the Philippines.Ref: 2
1796 Spain declares war on Britain.Ref: 10
1813*U.S. victory at the Battle of the Thames, in Ontario, broke Britain's Indian allies with the death of Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, and made the Detroit frontier safe. An outmatched British flotilla faced the prospect of a remarkable victory. (Heidler, Encyclopedia of the War of 1812, 1997, ISBN 0-97436-968-1, p 505) 
1821 Greek rebels capture Tripolitza, the main Turkish fort in the Peloponnese area of Greece.Ref: 2
1864*At the Battle of Allatoona, a small Union post is saved from Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood's army.Ref: 2
1915*Anglo-French force lands at Salonika, Greece.Ref: 38
1915*Germany issues an apology and promises for payment for the 128 American passengers killed in the sinking of the British ship Lusitania.Ref: 2
1942*A German eyewitness observes SS mass murder.Ref: 35
1965*U.S. forces in Saigon receive permission to use tear gas.Ref: 2
1986*American Eugene Hasenfus was captured by Sandinista soldiers after the weapons plane he was riding in was shot down over southern Nicaragua.Ref: 70
1996 Bosnia's combatants agreed to a 60-day cease-fire and new talks on ending their three and a-half years of battle.Ref: 6
1888*At Swampoodle Grounds in Washington, D.C., James Francis Galvin of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys becomes the baseball's first 300-game winner by defeating the hometown Senators, 5-1. The 31-year old 'Pud', a workhorse who will win 20 games 10 of the 14 seasons he plays in the big leagues, will end his career with 361 victories.Ref: 1
1906*Henry Mathewson (NY Giants) walks 14 men.Ref: 5
1907 Interprovincial Rugby Football Union plays first game (Mtl 17 Tor 8).Ref: 5
1907*Phila A's Rube Vickers no-hits Wash Senators, 4-0 in 5 inning game.Ref: 5
1908*Defeating Detroit, 6-1, Ed Walsh wins his 40th game of the season. Big Ed¹s win total remains a White Sox single-season record.Ref: 1
1912*Yanks (Highlanders) win final game at Hilltop stadium.Ref: 5
1919*Twenty-one year-old Enzo Ferrari made his racing debut, finishing eleventh in the Parmo-Poggia di Berceto hillclimb in a Costruzioni Meccaniche Nazionali (CMN) vehicle. 
1921*First World Series radio broadcast, Yanks beat Giants 3-0 (World Series #18).Ref: 5
1921*First radio broadcast of World Series play-by-play b'cast on WJZ, Newark NJ. (Giants beat Yankees)Ref: 10
1922*Yanks & Giants play an infamous 3-3 tie world series game (World Series #19).Ref: 5
1941*Mickey Owens' passed ball in the bottom of ninth with two outs and two strikes in Game 4 of the World Series turns a sure 4-3 Brooklyn win to a heart-breaking 7-4 loss to the Yankees.Ref: 1
1942*Behind the outstanding pitching of rookie Johnny Beazley, the Cardinals stun the baseball world by beating the Yankees, 2-1 to win the World Series in five games.Ref: 1
1947*Al Gionfriddo, inserted in left field for defensive purposes, makes one of most historic catches in World Series history as he robs Joe DiMaggio with two men on base in the sixth; Giofriddo's heroics helped to preserve a 8-5 Dodger victory in Game 6 of the Fall Classic.Ref: 1
1949*Don Newcombe, who allows only four hits and strikes out 11 through eight innings of Game 1 of the World Series, gives up a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth to Tommy Henrich as the Yankees beat the Dodgers, 1-0 . 'Old Reliable's shot to right field gives Allie Reynolds the complete game win and it is Casey Stengel's first post season victory for .Ref: 1
1953*Yankees win their fifth consecutive World Series dramatically as Billy Martin's twelfth World Series hit in the bottom of the ninth help to beat the Dodgers in Game 6, 4-3.Ref: 1
1956*Yogi Berra becomes the 4th Yank to hit a World Series Grand Slam (World Series #53).Ref: 5
1965 Chuck Linster performs 6,006 consecutive push-ups.Ref: 5
1966*Reliever Moe Drabowsky ties a World Series record striking out six consecutive batters in the Oriole 5-2 Game 1 victory at Dodger Stadium. The game features first inning Robinson (Brooks and Frank) back-to back homers.Ref: 1
1969*Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints kicks 55-yard field goal.Ref: 5
1974 American David Kunst completes the first round-the-world journey on foot, taking four years and twenty-one pairs of shoes to complete the 14,450-mile journey across four continents. 
1974*Carlos Monzon KO's Australian middleweight champion Tony Mundine in the 7th round in Buenos Aires, Argentina to retain the middleweight boxing title.Ref: 97
1980*Yankees break the American League regular attendance season record held by 1948 Indians with 2,627,417 fans.Ref: 1
1980*Reaching first on a fielder's choice in the top of the seventh in the 4-0 win over the Twins, Royals' leadoff hitter Willie Wison establishes a major league record for the most at-bats in a season with 705. The Kansas City outfielder will collect 230 hits and score 133 runs for the division winning club.Ref: 1
1982*NJ Devils first game, ties Pitts Penguins 3-3 at the Meadowlands.Ref: 5
1985*Grambling's Eddie Robinson wins record 324th football gameRef: 5
1985*The Toronto Blue Jays win the A.L. East when Doyle Alexander beat the Yankees 5-1. The Jays finished with 99 wins and went on to play the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS, losing a tight seven-game series.Ref: 86
1999*In the team's first post-season appearance, the Arizona Diamondbacks drop an 8-4 decision to the New York Mets. Edgardo Alfonzo's ninth-inning grand slam, his second homer of the day, makes the difference.Ref: 86
2001*The Toronto Blue Jays play their second ever doubleheader at the SkyDome. Jose Cruz Jr. steals two bases in the second game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians to make him the second player in franchise history to post 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season (Shawn Green- 1998).Ref: 86
2001*With their 115th victory of the season, the Seattle Mariners break the 1998 Yankee record for most wins in a season. The 1908 Cubs hold the major league record with 116 wins.Ref: 1
2001*Barry Bonds breaks and then extends the mark for home runs in a season. The Giant outfielder connects off Dodger starter Chan Ho Park to break Mark McGwire's 1998 record of 70, and then homers again in his next at bat to bring the new record to 72 homers.Ref: 1
2001*The Braves maul the Marlins, 20-3 to clinch the National League East title and becomes the first team in professional sports to win 10 consecutive division titles. The Boston Celtics (1957-65) and Los Angeles Lakers (1982-90) had both won nine in a row.Ref: 1
2002*For the first time in its 42-year old history, the Angels win a post-season series by beating the Yankees, 9-5 to take the ALDS, 3 games to 1. It is the first play-off appearance for the franchise since 1986 when after being a strike away from advancing the to the World Series in Game 5 of the ALCS the team loses to the Red Sox in 7 games.Ref: 1
1762*The opera "Orfeo Ed Euridice" is produced (Vienna).Ref: 5
1930*The NY Philharmonic Orchestra was first heard on the air over CBS radio from Carnegie Hall. The Sunday afternoon concerts set CBS back $15,000. Not per week, but for the entire season!Ref: 5
1930 Father Coughlin, The Fighting Priest was first heard on the CBS-radio. He lit up the airwaves with oratory that aired into the early forties.Ref: 4
1934 The first major network radio show to originate from Hollywood aired on this day. Hollywood Hotel was heard on CBS and was heavily promoted as being the first to broadcast from the West Coast of the U.S.Ref: 5
1939*As long as Ted Weems’ orchestra recorded on Decca Records, so did the featured vocalist in his band, the barber from Canonsburg, PA, Perry Como. Before becoming a star in his own right, and making the move to RCA Records and NBC, ‘Mr. C.’ recorded I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now with Weems on Decca.Ref: 4
1945 "Meet the Press" premieres on radio.Ref: 5
1947*The first U.S. president to make use of television addressed the nation from the White House. ‘Give ’Em Hell’ Harry Truman accomplished the feat. In this speech, Truman requested that the American people not eat meat on Tuesdays, nor poultry on Thursdays, to save on feed grains to help the starving in Europe.Ref: 5
1947*A small Northern California company got a major boost from Bing Crosby. The first show recorded on tape was broadcast on ABC radio. ‘Der Bingle’ was so popular, that his taped show promoted wide distribution of the new magnetic tape recorders that would become broadcast classics -- the venerable Ampex 200.Ref: 4
1952 After an 11-year run on ABC radio, Inner Sanctum, the legendary mystery series, was heard for the final time.Ref: 5
1955*Pulitzer-prize winning "Diary of Anne Frank"starts 717 performance run in New York.Ref: 10
1962*The Beatles' first hit, "Love Me Do," was first released in the United Kingdom.Ref: 5
1965*Adding to his many credits, accolades and honors, Henry Mancini received a gold record for the soundtrack LP from the movie, The Pink Panther.Ref: 4
1969*"Monty Python's Flying Circus" made its debut on BBC Television.Ref: 70
1970*PBS becomes a network.Ref: 5
1974*The Beach Boys’ Endless Summer was the #1 album in the U.S. The lovely Olivia Newton-John had the number-one single. I Honestly Love You was #1 for two weeks. The album that single was taken from, If You Love Me, Let Me Know, hit number one the following week after the one-week run by the Beach Boys.Ref: 4
1986*Figuring that the booming 1980s were prime time for a business news show, ABC broke ground with Business World. The half-hour program was hosted by correspondent Sander Vanocur.Ref: 5
1990 A jury in Cincinnati acquitted an art gallery and its director of obscenity charges stemming from an exhibit of sexually graphic photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe.Ref: 70
1991*Actor Ted Shackelford (Knots Landing) weds Annett WolfRef: 5
2176*Fiction: Winston Matthew Kyle, Perth, Australia (Star Trek), is born.Ref: 5
1703*Jonathan Edwards US, theologian/philosopher (Original Sin), is born.Ref: 5
1713*Denis Diderot France, encyclopedist (Dictionnaire Encyclopdique), is born.Ref: 5
1789*William Scoresby, British explorer, is born.Ref: 70
1830*Chester A. (Alan) Arthur, ® 21st U.S. President [1881-1885]; married to Ellen Lewis Herndon [two sons, one daughter]; nickname: The Gentleman Boss; is born in Fairfield VT.Ref: 68
1833*Birth of William G. Tomer, American Civil War veteran and Methodist hymnwriter. It is to his tune, FAREWELL, that today we sing the hymn, "God Be With You Till We Meet Again."Ref: 5
1840*John Addington Symonds Brit historian/writer (Probs in Greek Ethics), is born.Ref: 5
1864*Louis Jean Lumiere, French chemist, with brother Auguste made first motion picture in 1895, is born.Ref: 5
1882*Robert Hutchings Goddard, American rocket scientist, held more than 200 rocketry patents, is born in Worcester Mass.Ref: 68
1887*Ren‚ Cassin pacifist (Nobel Peace Prize 1968), is born.Ref: 5
1895*Walter Bedell Smith, American Army chief of staff for U.S. forces in Europe during World War II, is born.Ref: 70
1896*Hal Wallis movie producer (Maltese Falcon, Barefoot in the Park), dies at age 87.Ref: 17
1902*Larry Fine (aka Louis Fienberg) (of the 3 Stooges) is born.Ref: 68
1902*Ray Kroc entrepreneur: founder of McDonald’s; baseball team owner: San Diego Padres; is born.Ref: 4
1904 Boris Chaliapin is born.Ref: 10
1904*John Hoyt Bronxville NY, actor (Gimme a Break, Tom Dick & Mary), is born.Ref: 5
1908*Joshua (Lockwood) Logan (III) producer, director, writer: is born.Ref: 4
1911*Flann O'Brien, Irish novelist and playwright (The Hard Life, The Third Policeman), is born.Ref: 2
1912*Tony Martin Brooklyn NY, announcer (Arthur Godfrey), is born.Ref: 5
1918*Allen Ludden, Mineral Point Wisc, TV host (Password), is born.Ref: 68
1919*Donald Pleasence Worksop England, actor (Fantastic Voyage, Halloween), is born.Ref: 5
1921*Bill Willis AAFC, NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), is born.Ref: 5
1922*Bil Keane cartoonist: Family Circus, is born.Ref: 5
1923*Glynis Johns Pretoria South Africa, actress (Mary Poppins), is born.Ref: 5
1923*Philip Berrigan militant priest (Chicago 7), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Bill Dana Quincy Mass, comedian/actor (Jose Jimenez), is born.Ref: 5
1925*Gail Davis (Betty Jeanne Grayson) actress: On Top of Old Smoky, Blue Canadian Rockies, Cow Town, Brand of Fear, Winning of the West; is born in Little Rock AR.Ref: 4
1925*Merlin Volzke horse jockey, is born.Ref: 4
1929*Richard F Gordon Jr Seattle, Capt USN/astronaut, NASA astronaut [walked in space on Gemini 11: 1966], orbited the moon on Apollo 12 [1969], is born in Seattle WA.Ref: 4
1930*Pavel R Popovich Ukraine, cosmonaut (Vostok 4, Soyuz 14), is born.Ref: 5
1930*Skip (George) Homeier actor: Starbird and Sweet William, Cry Vengeance, The Gunfighter, The Halls of Montezuma, The Interns, is born in Chicago IL.Ref: 4
1933*Diane Cilento Australia, actress (Agony & Ecstasy, Wicker Man), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Margie Singleton singer: Keeping Up with the Joneses [w/Faron Young], Eyes of Love, Old Records; TV performer: Louisiana Hayride, is born.Ref: 4
1935*Peter Brown NYC, actor (Lawman, Laredo, Bold & Beautiful), is born.Ref: 5
1936*Václav Havel, Czech dissident dramatist who became the first freely elected president of Czechoslovakia in 55 years, is born.Ref: 2
1936*Adrian ‘Odie’ Smith basketball: U.S. Olympic team gold medal [Rome: 1960], Cincinnati Royals, is born.Ref: 4
1937*Barry Switzer football coach (Oklahoma), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Johnny Duncan singer: She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed [Anytime], Slow Dancing, He’s Out of My Life, Hello Mexico [And Adios Baby to You]; with Janie Fricke: It Couldn’t Have Been Any Better, Thinkin’ of a Rendezvous, Stranger, Come a Little Bit Closer, is born.Ref: 4
1938*Carlo Mastrangelo singer: group: Dion and The Belmonts, is born.Ref: 4
1941*Ricardo Hoffmann marathon swimmer (299 miles), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Steve Miller singer, songwriter: group: The Steve Miller Band, is born.Ref: 4
1945*Robert Holmes football: KS City Chiefs running back: Super Bowl IV, is born.Ref: 4
1948*Sal Viscuso Brooklyn NY, actor (Soap, Montefuscos), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Brian Connolly singer: group: The Sweet: Little Willy, Funny Funny, Co-Co, Wig Wam Bam, Blockbuster, Jell Raiser, Ballroom Blitz, Teenage Rampage, Fox on the Run; is born.Ref: 4
1949*B.W. Stevenson singer: Shambala; songwriter: My Maria, is born.Ref: 4
1950*Jeff Conway NYC, actor (Bobby-Taxi), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Eddie Clarke musician: guitar: group: Motorhead, is born.Ref: 4
1951*Leah Poulos-Mueller US, speed skater (Olympic-gold-1980), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Bob Geldof pop musician (Boomtown Rats, Band Aid), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Karen Allen Illinois, actress (Cruising, Starman, Wanderers), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Clive Barker author: The Inhuman Condition, is born.Ref: 4
1954*Bob Geldof, singer, songwriter: group: Boomtown Rats, organizer of Live-Aid (food for Africa) is born in Dublin Ireland.Ref: 68
1954*Duncan Regehr Alberta Canada, actor (Wizards & Warriors), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Leo Barnes musician: group: Hothouse Flowers, is born.Ref: 4
1957*Jeanne Evert tennis player, Chris' sister, is born.Ref: 5
1958*Brent W Jett Jr Pontiac Mich, USN Lt Commander/astronaut, is born.Ref: 5
1958*Lee Thompson sax (Madness-Baggy Trousers), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Maya Lin, American architect who designed the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., is born.Ref: 2
1962*Michael Andretti Indy-car racer/Auto Hall of Fame (elected 1986), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Ken Noda NYC, pianist (Rivalry), is born.Ref: 5
1965*Mario Lemieux Montreal, Pitts Penguin (#66) high scorer, is born.Ref: 5
1965*Penny Baker Buffalo NY, playmate (January, 1984), is born.Ref: 5
1969*Karyn Parsons actress (Hilary-Fresh Prince of Bel Air) is born.Ref: 5
1969*Juli Ashton actress: X-rated films is born.Ref: 4
1970*Josie Bissett actress: Melrose Place, Secrets, The Hogan Family, Desire, Mikey, Book of Love, All-American Murder, is born.Ref: 4
1974*Douglas Emerson Glendale Calif, actor (Robbie-Herbie The Love Bug), is born.Ref: 5
1975*Actress Kate Winslet is born. (TWA, 2002)Ref: 68
1975*Scott E Weinger NYC, actor (Steve Taylor-The Family Man), is born.Ref: 5
1056*Henry III, King of Holy Romam Empire and Germany (1046-56), dies at age 38.Ref: 70
1285 King Philip III (The Bold) of France dies.Ref: 10
1565*Lodovico Ferrari, Italian mathematician, dies at age 43.Ref: 70
1787*(Declaration of Independence) Thomas Stone, lawyer, signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1791 Grigory Potemkin, Russian army officer and statesman, dies at age 52.Ref: 70
1805*Charles Cornwallis, English soldier and statesman, dies at age 66.Ref: 70
1813*Shawnee Chief Tecumseh is killed at the Battle of the Thames, Ontario. (Heidler, Encyclopedia of the War of 1812, 1997, ISBN 0-97436-968-1, p 505) 
1818*Nancy Hanks Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln's monther, dies of "milk sickness," an illness contracted by drinking milk from a cow that had consumed the poisonous white snakeroot. Abraham refered to her as "Angel Mother". (Ref) 
1864*Most of Calcutta destroyed by cyclone (approx 60,000 die).Ref: 5
1879*-Charlie Smith, oldest American (137 yrs), dies.Ref: 51
1880*Jacques Offenbach, Cologne, French composer (Tales of Hoffmann), dies at age 61.Ref: 70
1880*William Lassel, English astronomer, discoverer of some of the satellites of Uranus & Neptune, dies at age 81.Ref: 70
1881*Cyclone in Haiphong, North Vietnam (then south China) kills 300,000. (Longshore, David, "Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons & Cyclones", (c) 1998, ISBN 0-8160-3398-6) 
1897*Sir John Gilbert, English painter and illustrator, dies at age 80.Ref: 70
1941*(US Supreme Court Justice) Former Supreme Court Justice (1916-39) Louis D. Brandeis, the first Jewish member of the nation's highest court, dies in Washington DC at age 84.Ref: 68
1948*A 7.3 earthquate kills 110,000 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, USSR.Ref: 85
1960*Eastern AL Electra turbo-prop crashed in Boston Harbor (61 die)Ref: 5
1962*Sylvia Beach, American owner of Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris, dies at age 75.Ref: 70
1967*Clifton C Williams Jr astronaut, dies at 35, in T-38 jet crash.Ref: 5
1969*Harry Emerson Fosdick, American Protestant minister, teacher and author, dies at age 91.Ref: 70
1969*Walter Hagen (golf champion: U.S. Open [1914 & 1919], British Open [1922, 1924, 1928-1929], PGA [1921, 1924-1927]) dies.Ref: 4
1976*Barbara Nichols (Nickeraeur) actress: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, Sweet Smell of Success, The Human Duplicators; dies at age 46.Ref: 4
1981*Gloria Grahame (Hallward) Academy Award-winning actress: The Bad and the Beautiful [1952]; OK!, It’s a Wonderful Life, Not as a Stranger, Rich Man, Poor Man-Book I; dies at age 55.Ref: 4
1981*Jud Strunk singer/comedian (Laugh-In), dies at 48.Ref: 5
1983*Earl Tupper, American inventor of Tupperware plastic containers, dies at age 76.Ref: 70
1984*Leonard Rossiter actor, dies of a heart attack at 57.Ref: 5
1985*Orchestra leader Nelson Riddle dies at age 64 in Los Angeles. (TWA, 1986)Ref: 95
1986 Hal B. Wallis dies.Ref: 10
1990*Meir Kahane founder of Jewish defense league, assassinated at 58Ref: 5
1992*Eddie Kendricks singer: group: The Temptations: My Girl, I Can’t Get Next To You; solo: Keep on Truckin’, Boogie Down, Shoeshine Boy; dies.Ref: 4
1994*53 members of Order of the Solar Temple sect led by Luc Jouret found dead in two Swiss villages. (TWA, 1995)Ref: 95
1996*Supercomputer pioneer Seymour Cray dies at age 71. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1997*Dave Marr golf champion: PGA [1965]; dies.Ref: 4
1999*Two packed commuter trains collided near London's Paddington Station, killing 31 people.Ref: 70
2001*Robert Stevens, 63, a photographer for one of the American Media newspapers (which includes "The National Enquirer"), dies of inhalation anthrax, which causes severe respiratory problems. He had checked into the JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Florida, Tuesday, 10/2. A second employee has tested positive for anthrax. Only 18 inhalation cases in the United States were documented in the 20th century, the most recent in 1976 in CA. The last anthrax case in Florida was in 1974, according to the state health department. Ref 
2001*Former Senate majority leader and ambassador Mike Mansfield died in Washington, D.C., at age 98.Ref: 70

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