Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
October 18th

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1469 Ferdinand of Aragon marries Isabella of Castile, thus beginning a cooperative reign that would unite all the dominions of Spain and elevate the nation to a dominant world power.Ref: 3
1648*The "shoemakers of Boston"--the first labor organization in what would become the United States--was authorized by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.Ref: 2
1685*The Edict of Nantes is lifted by Louis XIV. The edict, signed at Nantes, France, by King Henry IV in 1598, gave the Huguenots religious liberty, civil rights and security. By revoking the Edict of Nantes, Louis XIV abrogated their religious liberties.Ref: 2
1767*The boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, the Mason-Dixon line, was agreed upon.Ref: 5
1770*The Treaty of Lochaber, South Carolina, in which the Cherokees agree to cede more land to European settlers, was signed. When the line was run several months later, it was even farther west--to the Kentucky (then Louisa) River, opening up part of Kentucky to Virginians. 
1776*In a NY bar decorated with bird tail, customer orders "cock tail".Ref: 5
1826*The last lottery was held in England.Ref: 62
1846*Donner Party (date approximate): William Pike accidentally shot and killed.Ref: 28
1849*The trial of Jesse Ransbottom for the murder his wife in Xenia OH begins. Ransbottom will plead not guilty by reason of insanity. He will ultimately be found guilty and hanged in January 1850. (XDG, p 6A, 5/27/2003)Ref: 83
1859*U.S. Marines commanded by Colonel Robert E. Lee and Lieutenant J. E. B. Stuart, both of whom were destined to become famous Confederate generals, recaptured the Federal arsenal, taking John Brown and several other raiders alive to Charleston jail.Ref: 3
1867*The territory of Alaska is formally handed over from Russia to the United States. Despite the bargain price of roughly two cents an acre, the Alaskan purchase was largely ridiculed in the American press as "Seward's Folly."Ref: 3
1878 Laws against socialism in Germany drives movement underground.Ref: 10
1883*The weather station at the top of Ben Nevis, Scotland, the highest mountain in Britain, is declared open. Weather stations were set up on the tops of mountains all over Europe and the Eastern United States in order to gather information for the new weather forecasts.Ref: 2
1892*The first long-distance telephone communication is established between the mayors of New York and Chicago.Ref: 4
1908 Belgium annexes Congo Free State.Ref: 5
1919*Rolls-Royce America is established.Ref: 3
1919*Madrid opens a subway system.Ref: 2
1921*Russian Soviets grant Crimean independence.Ref: 2
1929*The Judicial Committee of England’s Privy Council rules that women were to be considered as persons in Canada. Previously, under English common law, women were persons in matters of pains and penalties, but were not persons in matters of rights and privileges.Ref: 4
1937*Rheims Cathedral re-consecrated.Ref: 10
1949*Country songwriter Stuart Hamblen, 31, underwent a spiritual conversion. Author of the popular 1954 hit "This Old House," Hamblen later wrote such Christian favorites as "It Is No Secret What God Can Do," "How Big is God?" and "They That Wait Upon the Lord".Ref: 5
1954*Hurricane Hazel (3rd of 1954) becomes most severe to hit US.Ref: 5
1960*In Britain, the News Chronicle & Daily Mail merge, & The London Evening Star merges with the Evening News.Ref: 5
1962*Dr Watson (US) & Drs Crick & Wilkins (Britain) win Nobel Prize for Medicine for work in determining structure of DNA.Ref: 5
1967*(Mississippi Burning) The case goes to the jury.Ref: 87
1969*The federal government banned artificial sweeteners known as cyclamates because of evidence they caused cancer in laboratory rats.Ref: 70
1973*Congress authorizes bi-centennial quarter, half-dollar & dollar coin.Ref: 5
1978*First daughter Susan Ford announces engagement to Charles F Vance.Ref: 5
1988 Israel's supreme court uphold's ban on Kahane`s Kach Party as racist.Ref: 5
1988*French economist Maurice Allais won the Nobel Prize for Economics (or, more precisely, the Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel) “for his pioneering contributions to the theory of markets and efficient utilization of resources.”Ref: 4
1989 After 18 years in power, Erich Honecker was ousted as leader of East Germany; he was succeeded by Egon Krenz.Ref: 6
1989*Erich Honecker was ousted as leader of East Germany after 18 years in power; he was succeeded by Egon Krenz.Ref: 70
1997*The Women In Military Service for America Memorial was dedicated by U.S. Vice President and Mrs. Gore and other distinguished guests. The memorial at Arlington National Cemetery honors all military women past, present and future who have served in the United States armed forces during all eras and in all services.Ref: 4
2001*Four defendants were convicted in NY for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.Ref: 70
2001*It was announced that a New Jersey letter carrier and an employee in CBS news anchorman Dan Rather's office had tested positive for skin anthrax.Ref: 70
2001*In conjunction with the U. S. Post Office, the FBI offered a reward of $1,000,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person who mailed letters contaminated with Anthrax to media organizations and congressional offices.Ref: 14
1805*Lewis & Clark: Clark sees Mount Hood in the distance. Seen and named by a British sea captain in 1792, it is a fixed point on the expedition's map, proof they are at last approaching the ocean. Soon they pass through the raging falls of the Columbia and into the Gorge, emerging from the arid semi-deserts of eastern Washington and Oregon into the dense rainforests of the Pacific Northwest.Ref: 65
1829*George Stephenson's "Rocket" pulls three times its own weight at nearly 30 mph and wins a contest prize of 500 British pounds. Ref 
1842*The first telegraph cable was laid by Samuel Morse in New York Harbor between the Battery and Governor’s Island.Ref: 3
1909*Comte de Lambert of France sets airplane altitude record of 300 m.Ref: 5
1910*M. Baudry is the first to fly a dirigible across the English Channel--from La Motte-Breil to Wormwood Scrubbs.Ref: 2
1954*The first mass produced transistor radio (a 4 transistor apparatus), designed by Texas Instruments, and built by Regency IDEA, is launched in USA. After initially sluggish sales, the device called TR1 and priced $49.95, becomes a bestseller. 
1959*Soviets announce their probe took photos of the far side of the MoonRef: 62
1962*US launches Ranger 5 for lunar impact; misses Moon.Ref: 5
1967*Soviet Venera 4 becomes the first probe to send data back from Venus.Ref: 5
1969*Soyuz 8 returns to Earth.Ref: 5
1984*Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51A mission.Ref: 5
1989*US 62nd manned space mission STS 34 (Atlantis 5) launches into orbit.Ref: 5
1016 Danes defeat Saxons at Battle of Assandun (Ashingdon).Ref: 5
1748 Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle ends War of Austrian Succession (known in British colonies as “King George’s War”).Ref: 92
1776*Col John Glover & Marblehead regiment meet British Forces in Bronx.Ref: 5
1813*The Allies defeat Napoleon Bonaparte at Leipzig, France.Ref: 2
1862*Morgan's raiders capture the federal garrison at Lexington, KY.Ref: 5
1864*In the northernmost engagement of the Civil War, 22 Confederates rob 3 banks in St Albans VT of $114,000. The money is buried in Canada and never recovered.Ref: 52
1898*The American flag was raised in Puerto Rico shortly before Spain formally relinquished control of the island to the United States.Ref: 70
1912 The First Balkan War breaks out between the members of the Balkan League-- Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Montenegro--and the Ottoman Empire.Ref: 2
1912 Turkey and Italy sign Treaty of Lausanne ending Tripolitan War.Ref: 10
1918*The Czechs seize Prague and renounce Hapsburg's rule.Ref: 2
1939*President Franklin D. Roosevelt bans war submarines from U.S. ports and waters.Ref: 2
1940*The Burma Road was reopened by the BritshRef: 62
1942*Vice Admiral William F. Halsey named as the new commander of the South Pacific Area, in charge of the Solomons-New Guinea campaign. 
1942*Hitler orders the execution of all captured British commandos.Ref: 36
1944*Fourteen B-29s based on the Marianas attack the Japanese base at Truk.Ref: 2
1944*Soviet troops invaded Czechoslovakia during World War II.Ref: 70
1944*Lt. General Joseph Stilwell is recalled from China by president Franklin Roosevelt.Ref: 2
1944*Canadian Defence Minister Ralston returns to Canada after touring Canadian forces in Europe. He urges the prime minister to impose conscription to help supply properly trained replacement soldiers on the battlefield. Ralston reports that a further 16,000 trained infantry are required. 
1950*The First Turkish Brigade arrives in Korea to assist the U.N. forces fighting there.Ref: 2
1867*The rules for American football are formulated at meeting in NY among delegates from Columbia, Rutgers, Princeton and Yale universities.Ref: 2
1873*Columbia Princeton Rutgers & Yale set rules for collegiate football.Ref: 5
1889*First all NYC world series NY Giants (NL) play Brooklyn (AA).Ref: 5
1890*John Owen is 1st man to run 100 yd dash in under 10 seconds.Ref: 5
1891 First international 6-day bicycle race in US (MSG, NYC) begins.Ref: 5
1918*NHL's Quebec Bulldogs sold to a Toronto businessman P J Quinn.Ref: 5
1924*Harold "Red" Grange, finest collegiate football game (4 long TD runs).Ref: 5
1924*The term ‘Four Horsemen’ was used in a New York Herald Tribune article by columnist Grantland Rice. The referenced Four Horsemen were the backfield of the University of Notre Dame which had beaten Army, 13-7.Ref: 4
1930*Joseph Sylvester becomes 1st jockey to win 7 races in 1 day.Ref: 5
1950*After 50 years of managing, Connie Mack retires as skipper of the A's; the winnest manager (most losses, also) in major league history will be replaced by Jimmy Dykes.Ref: 1
1953*Willie Thrower becomes 1st black NFL quarterback in modern times.Ref: 5
1955*Track & Field names Jesse Owens all-time track athlete.Ref: 5
1956*Football commissioner Bert Bell turned thumbs down on the use of radio-equipped helmets by NFL quarterbacks.Ref: 4
1960*Five days after losing to the Pirates in Game 7 of the World Series, the Yankees fire 70-year old manager Casey Stengel.Ref: 1
1963*IOC votes Mexico City to host 1968 Olympics.Ref: 5
1967*The American League grants Charley Finley permission to move the A's to Oakland and awards new franchises to Kansas City and Seattle.Ref: 1
1968*Lee Evans sets world record of 43.8 seconds in 400 meter dash.Ref: 5
1968*Bob Beamon of USA sets the long jump record (29' 2") in Mexico City.Ref: 5
1968*US Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith & John Carlos for giving "black power" salute as a protest during victory ceremony.Ref: 5
1973*The Mets beat Reds 3-1 in the fifth and deciding game of the NLCS.Ref: 1
1974*Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes 1st in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists & 12 blocks.Ref: 5
1977*First Islander 0-0 tie-Kings at Nassau-25th time shutout-Resch's 15th.Ref: 5
1977*Reggie Jackson hits three HRs on three consecutive pitches propelling the Yankees to their twenty-first World Championship, earning him the nickname, Mr. October.Ref: 1
1978*NY Islanders first scoreless tie, vs LA Kings.Ref: 5
1979*Toronto Blue Jays' Bobby Mattick is named Field Manager for the 1980 season.Ref: 86
1980*Detroit blocks 21 Atlanta shots setting NBA record.Ref: 5
1981*NY Giant Joe Danelo ties NFL record of 6 field goals in a game.Ref: 5
1999*The Florida Marlins announce that they have narrowed the earlier list of six possible ballpark sites to two: Bicentennial Park and Downtown Fort Lauderdale.Ref: 86
2001*Larry Dierker, who left the Astros' broadcast booth to take over the dugout duties as the team's skipper in 1997, resigns as Houston manager (448-362, .553, four divisional titles) despite tying the Cardinals for the best record in the National League (93-69) and winning the Central Division. The team failed to win a playoff series in his five-year tenure going 2-12 in post season action.Ref: 1
1887*Fiction: Start of the Sherlock Holmes adventure "A Case of Identity" (BG).Ref: 5
1922*British Broadcasting Company (not yet 'corporation'). BBC, founded with John Reith as first mgr.Ref: 5
1922*Little Orphan Annie comic strip character, is born.Ref: 5
1935*Victor record #25236 was recorded by Tommy Dorsey and orchestra. It would become one of the most familiar big band themes of all time, I’m Getting Sentimental Over You.Ref: 4
1943 The first broadcast of Perry Mason was presented on CBS radio. In the 15-minute (Monday-Friday) shows, Perry was played by Barlett Robinson, Santos Ortega, Donald Briggs and John Larkin. Larkin played the role the longest and was reportedly very disappointed when Raymond Burr got the gig on TV (1957).Ref: 4
1944 Forever Amber, was first published this day. This historic-romance novel was written by Kathleen Windsor. Although the book was very popular among women between the ages of 12 and 24, it was considered scandalous to be seen reading it; a reaction that lasted at least another three decades.Ref: 4
1954*The comic strip Hi and Lois appeared in newspapers for the first time. Created by Beetle Bailey cartoonist Mort Walker (and Dik Browne), Hi and Lois are still tickling us (now done by Brian and Greg Walker and artist Chance Browne). The strip appears in more than 1,100 newspapers around the world in 37 countries and is translated into ten languages.Ref: 4
1954*"The Week in Religion" aired for the last time over Dumont television. First broadcast in March 1952, this ecumenical Sunday evening panel show divided the hour into 20-minute segments each for Protestant, Catholic and Jewish news.Ref: 5
1962*Tony Sheridan & the Beat Brothers record "Let's Dance".Ref: 5
1967*Walt Disney's "Jungle Book" is released.Ref: 5
1968 Circus Circus Casino opened in Las Vegas “to attract all members of the family.” The football-field-sized casino and big top was a giant pink and white oval shaped circus tent across from the Riviera Hotel. To separate the gamblers from their kids, as required by law, a second level contained midway games and attractions for the tykes, but still in view of the circus acts.Ref: 4
1968*John Lennon & Yoko One are fined œ150 for marijuana possession when police find 219 grains of cannabis resin in their apt.Ref: 5
1971 The final issue of Look magazine is published. It had been a must-see publication every week for 34 years.Ref: 4
1974*Wings (Country Hams) release "Walking in the Park with Eloise".Ref: 5
1979 Following extensive renovation to return Radio City Music Hall to the look and feel of its 1931 art deco glory, the venerable NY City theatre reopened. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first live presentation.Ref: 4
1979*"Beatlemania" opens in London.Ref: 5
1983*Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton received some gold to add to their collections -- for their smash, Islands in the Stream.Ref: 4
1986*Huey Lewis and The News had the number one album in the U.S. Fore was perched at the pinacle of popdom for one week. Fore featured these tracks: Jacob’s Ladder, Stuck with You, Whole Lotta Lovin’, Doing It All for My Baby, Hip to Be Square, I Know What I Like, I Never Walk Alone, Forest for the Trees, Naturally and Simple as That.Ref: 4
1405*Pope Pius II (Enea Silvio Piccolomini), Italian Pope of the Roman Catholic Church (1458-64), is born.Ref: 69
1595*Edward Winslow, English founder of Plymouth Colony, is born.Ref: 70
1632*Luca Giordano, Italian painter, is born.Ref: 70
1662*Birth of Matthew Henry, English Presbyterian pastor. He is remembered for his "Exposition of the Old and New Testaments" (1708-10) -- still in print! -- whose value lies in its devotional and practical comments on the books of the Bible.Ref: 5
1697*Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canale), Italian landscape artist: Venice, London; is born.Ref: 4
1715 Czar Peter II; is born.Ref: 10
1735 John Adams; is born.Ref: 10
1741*Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, artillery officer and writer of "Les Liaisons dangereuses", is born.Ref: 62
1777*Heinrich von Kleist Germany, dramatist/poet (Penthesilea), is born.Ref: 5
1785*Thomas Love Peacock English author (Headlong Hall), is born.Ref: 5
1787*Robert L. Stevens, American poet, is born.Ref: 70
1799*Christian Friedrich Schonbein, German chemist, is born.Ref: 70
1831 Emperor Frederick III Germany is born.Ref: 10
1854*Salomon Andree explorer: ill-fated North Pole expedition: killed in July 1897 attempt to drift across North Pole in hot-air balloon, is born.Ref: 4
1859*Henri Bergson France, philosopher (Creative Evolution-Nobel 1927), is born.Ref: 5
1877*Florence Dahl Walrath humanitarian, founded Cradle society, is born.Ref: 5
1878*James Truslow Adams historian (Pul-1921-Founding of New England), is born.Ref: 5
1889*Fannie Hurst novelist (1019?), is born.Ref: 5
1892*Leo G. CarrollRef: 10
1893*Sir Sidney Holland NZ, PM of New Zealand (1949-57), is born.Ref: 5
1896*H.L. Davis, novelist and poet, is born.Ref: 2
1898*Lotte Lenya (Karoline Blamauer), Vienna Austria, actor/singer (Appointment, Semi-Tough), is born.Ref: 5
1900*Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer and actress, is born.Ref: 70
1902*Miriam Hopkins actress: The Children’s Hour, The Chase, Carrie, Barbary Coast; is born.Ref: 4
1904*A.J. Libeling, journalist and author, is born.Ref: 2
1906*James Brooks artist: Flight: 235 ft. mural at La Guardia National Airport, NY; is born.Ref: 4
1906 Sidney Kingsley is born.Ref: 10
1915*Victor Sen Yung SF CA, actor (Bonanza, Bachelor Family), is born.Ref: 5
1918*Bobby Troup Harrisburg Pa, pianist/actor (Emergency, Acapulco), is born.Ref: 5
1919*Pierre Elliot Trudeau (L) 15th Canadian PM (1968-79, 1980-84), is born.Ref: 5
1920*Melina Mercouri actress: Never on Sunday, Once is Not Enough, Topkapi; Greece’s Minister of Culture [1981-1989, 1993-1994]; is born in Athens Greece.Ref: 68
1921*Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Jesse Helms (R-NC) is born.Ref: 5
1922*Richard Stankiewicz US sculptor (1974 Akston Award, 1966 Brandeis), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Allyn Ferguson San Jose CA, orch leader (Andy Williams Show), is born.Ref: 5
1926*Ntozake Shange (Paulette Williams), poet, playwright and novelist, is born.Ref: 2
1927*Katherine Fanning Chicago, editor (Christian Science Monitor-1983), is born.Ref: 5
1927*George C. (Campbell) Scott Academy Award-winning actor: Patton [1970]; Anatomy of a Murder, The Day of the Dolphin, The Hanging Tree, Taps, Oklahoma Crude, The Prince and the Pauper, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Malice; is born in Wise VA. (Also TWA, 1986)Ref: 4
1928*Keith Jackson American Sportscasters Hall of Famer: ABC Sports, Wide World of Sports; “Whoa Nelly!”, is born in Carrolton GA.Ref: 4
1930*Frank Carlucci National Security Adviser/Sec of Defense (1987-89), is born.Ref: 5
1933*Forrest Gregg Pro Football Hall of Famer: Green Bay Packers offensive tackle: Super Bowl I, II; Dallas Cowboys: Super Bowl VI; head coach: Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals: AFC Coach of the Year [1981]: Super Bowl XVI; Green Bay Packers; Southern Methodist University Athletic Director, is born.Ref: 4
1933*Peter Boyle Phila, actor (Joe, Candidate), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Inger Stevens Stockholm Sweden, actress (Katy-Farmer's Daughter), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Peter Boyle Emmy Award-winning actor: The X-Files [1995-1996]; Everybody Loves Raymond, Taxi Driver, While You were Sleeping, Young Frankenstein, Midnight Caller, From Here to Eternity [TV], is born.Ref: 4
1935*John B Coleman Boston, hotel magnate (Ritz Carlton), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Boyd Dowler football: Green Bay Packers wide receiver: Super Bowl I, II, is born.Ref: 4
1939*Mike Ditka Pro & College Football Hall of Famer: Chicago Bears Rookie of the Year [1961]; Philadelphia Eagles; Dallas Cowboys tight end: Super Bowl V, VI; Chicago Bears head coach: Super Bowl XX; TV sports analyst: NBC Sports, is born.Ref: 4
1939*Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is born.Ref: 68
1942*Willie (Watterson) Horton baseball: Detroit Tigers [all-star: 1965, 1968, 1970, 1973/World Series: 1968], Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, is born.Ref: 5
1943*Russ Giguere musician: guitar, singer: group: The Association, is born.Ref: 4
1947*Joe Morton actor: Executive Decision, Speed, Of Mice and Men, Forever Young, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, City of Hope, Trouble in Mind, The Brother from Another Planet, Tribeca, Grady, Equal Justice, A Different World, is born.Ref: 5
1947*John Johnson NBA (Seattle SuperSonic), is born.Ref: 5
1947*Laura Nyro Bronx, singer/songwriter (Eli's Coming, Stoney End), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Ntozake Shange (Paulette Williams) poet, playwright: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, is born.Ref: 4
1950*Wendy Wasserstein, playwright (The Heidi Chronicles), is born.Ref: 2
1950*Merry Martin Camden Mich, actress (Leslie-Peter Loves Mary), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Pam Dawber Detroit, actress (Mindy-Mork & Mindy, My Sister Sam), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Terry McMillan, novelist (Waiting to Exhale), is born.Ref: 2
1952*Jerry (Jeron Kennis) Royster baseball: LA Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, SD Padres, Chicago White Sox, NY Yankees, is born.Ref: 4
1956*Martina Navratilova Prague Czech, tennis (Wimbledon 1989,79,82-87), is born.Ref: 5
1957*Thomas Hearns, a boxer who would be the first boxer to win four world titles at four weights, is born in Memphis TN.Ref: 97
1958*Thomas Hearns ‘Hit Man’: boxer: Titles: WBC Light Heavyweight Champion, WBA Light Heavyweight Champion, WBC Middleweight Champion, WBC Junior Middleweight Champion, WBA Welterweight ChampionRef: 4
1960*Jean-Claude Van Damme (Varenberg) actor, is born.Ref: 68
1960*Emily Arth Evanston Ill, playmate (Jun, 1988), is born.Ref: 5
1961*Erin Moran Burbank CA, actress (Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi), is born.Ref: 68
1961*Wynton Marsalis New Orleans La, jazz trumpeter (Grammy 1983), is born.Ref: 5
1962*Vincent Spano Brooklyn NY, actor (Alphabet City, Maria's Lovers), is born.Ref: 5
1966*Angela Visser Miss Universe (1989), is born.Ref: 5
1968 Michael Stich is born.Ref: 10
1971*Karen J McNenny Missoula Montana, Miss Montana-America (1991), is born.Ref: 5
1977*Chris McKenna Queens NY, actor (Joey-One Live to Live), is born.Ref: 5
1981*Richard Vuu actor (Last Emperor), is born.Ref: 5
63*-St Luke is crucified on an olive tree.Ref: 62
707*John VII ends his reign as Catholic Pope.Ref: 5
1417*Abdicated Pope Gregory XII dies.Ref: 69
1503*Pope Pius III dies.Ref: 69
1541 Queen Margaret ScotlandRef: 10
1676*Nathaniel Bacon rallied against Virginian govt, killed at 29.Ref: 5
1678*Jacob Jordaens, Belgian artist; painted scenes of peasant life, dies at age 85.Ref: 70
1744*Sarah Jennings Marlborough, English wife of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough; active in Queen Anne's court, dies at age 84.Ref: 5
1770*John Manners Granby, English army officer; hero of the Seven Years' War, dies at age 49.Ref: 5
1775 Saint Paul of the Cross dies.Ref: 10
1862*James Creighton dies of ruptured bladder from hitting a home run on Oct 14th.Ref: 5
1865 Lord Palmerston dies.Ref: 10
1871*Charles Babbage, English mathematician who perfected the calculating machine, dies at age 79.Ref: 68
1876*Francis Preston Blair newspaper editor (Washington Globe), dies at 85.Ref: 5
1893*Charles Gounod, composer, dies in Paris, France. (Cross, Milton, "Encyclopedia of the Great Composers and Their Music", Doubleday & Co, 1953) 
1893*Lucy Stone, American pioneer in the women's rights movement, dies at age 75.Ref: 70
1911*Alfred Binet, French psychologist; developed measures of intelligence, dies at age 54.Ref: 70
1921*Louis III last king of Bavaria (1913-18), dies.Ref: 5
1931*Inventor Thomas Alva Edison dies at the age of 84. His ideas were granted patents every year for 65 years, from 1868 to 1933, totaling 1,093 patents.Ref: 2
1946*James Kelly, brother of Australian bushranger and folk hero Edward "Ned" Kelly, dies. Ref 
1955*José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher and humanist, dies at age 72.Ref: 70
1965*Henry Travers actor (Bells of St Mary, High Sierra), dies at 91.Ref: 5
1966*Elizabeth Arden, Canadian-born American cosmetic executive, dies at age 81.Ref: 70
1966*S. S. Kresge, American merchant who started a chain of 1,000 variety stores, dies at age 99.Ref: 70
1973*Leo Strauss, German-born American political philosopher, dies at age 74.Ref: 70
1973*Walt Kelly (Walter Crawford Kelly), American cartoonist and illustrator (Pogo author), diedRef: 68
1973*Frank Knight TV announcer (Chronoscope), dies at 79.Ref: 5
1973 74 Leo Strauss 9/20/1899 10/18/1973 German-born American political philosopherRef: 70
1977*Hanns Martin Schleyer, a Daimler-Benz executive and head of the West German employers' association is found dead in Alsace, France. He had been kidnapped on September 5th by the Red Army Faction.Ref: 3
1982*Pierre Mendes-France, French political leader, Premier 1954-5, dies.Ref: 17
1982*Bess Truman (Wallace) wife of 33rd U.S. President Harry S Truman dies in Independence MO at age 97.Ref: 4
1982*Lord George Nathaniel Curzon, First Baron and First Marquis Curzon of Kedleston, British statesman and viceroy of India, dies.Ref: 17
1984*Florence Rinard TV panelist (20 Questions), dies at 82.Ref: 5
1984*Jon-Erik Hexum actor: Voyagers, Cover Up; was killed when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks on set of Cover Up.Ref: 4
1987*Theodore Brameld author (Use of Explosive Ideas), dies at 83Ref: 5
1995 Red Rum (racehorse) dies.Ref: 10
1996*Morey Amsterdam comedian, actor: The Dick Van Dyke Show; radio: NBC Monitor; dies at age 81 in Los Angeles CA. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1997*Roberto Goizueta businessman: CEO of Coca-Cola Company; dies. (TWA, 1999)Ref: 95
2000*Julie London (Peck) singer: Cry Me a River; actress: Emergency; dies.Ref: 4
2000*Gwen Verdon (Gwyneth Evelyn Verdon), Louisiana, actress/singer/dancer (Cotton Club, Sweet Charity), dies.Ref: 4

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