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October 12

Daniel Twomey was born.

Brandon Fox was born.

 

1492 - Columbus landed in present-day Bahamas.

2000 - 17 U.S. sailors killed with the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in Yemen

 

OCTOBER 13

1792 - The cornerstone of the White House was laid.

1943 - Italy declared war on Germany, its former Axis partner, during World War II.

 

OCTOBER  14

Michael Benedetto was born.

Fernando Pires was born.

Claire Weisz was born.

 

1066 - The Normans, under William the Conqueror, defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings.

1947 - U.S. Air Force Captain Charles "Chuck" Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound.

1964 - Martin Luther King, Jr., was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in civil rights.

 

OCTOBER  15

David Bernstein was born.

 

1951 - I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, had its television debut.

1991 - Clarence Thomas got a narrow (52–48) Senate confirmation of his nomination to the Supreme Court.

 

OCTOBER 16

Laurice Keating was born.

 

1793 - French queen Marie Antoinette was guillotined for treason.

1978 - John Paul II was elected pope.

 

 

OCTOBER 17

Jessica Schulman was born.

 

1931 - Mobster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion for which he was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

1989 - An earthquake measuring 7.1 in magnitude killed 67 and injured over 3,000 in San Francisco.

 

OCTOBER 18

Blanche Brady was born.

 

1867 - The United States took possession of Alaska from Russia.

1968 - The U.S. Olympic Committee suspended two black athletes for giving a "black power" salute during a victory ceremony at the Mexico City games.

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