1866 – 1st train robbery in US (Reno Brothers take $13,000)
1889 – Thomas Edison shows his 1st motion picture.
1908 – Yanks lose 100th game of year, go 51-103 for season.
1918 – US ship Otranto sinks between Scotland & Ireland, 425 die.
1928 – PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Five Farms GC: Leo Diegel dominates Al Espinosa, 6 & 5 in the final to win the first of his 2 consecutive titles.
1938 – Adolf Hitler denies he intends to go to war against France and Britain.
1945 – Tavern owner ‘Billy Goat” Sianis buys seat for his goat for Game 4 of Baseball World Series, is escorted out and casts goat curse on Chicago Cubs.
1946 – 90 degrees F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in October.
1956 – Scientist Albert Sabin announces that his oral polio vaccine is ready for testing; it would soon supplant Jonas Salk’s vaccine in many parts of the world.
1961 – JFK advises Americans to build fallout shelters.
1965 – The Supremes release single “I Hear a Symphony”
1976 – US President Gerald Ford says there is “no Soviet domination in Eastern Europe”
1979 – Pope John Paul II is 1st Pope to visit The White House, meeting with President Jimmy Carter in Washington, D.C.
1985 – New York Yankees knuckleballer Phil Niekro becomes 18th pitcher to win 300 games; at 46 becomes oldest to pitch a shut out, beating Toronto, 8-0.
1993 – After 9 seasons & 3 Championships with Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan announces his retirement from the NBA; returns on March 18, 1998 and leads Bulls to another 3 NBA titles.
2008 – MESSENGER spacecraft performs a second Mercury flyby.
2018 – Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed and sworn onto the US Supreme court amid protests and after an FBI investigation.
2021 – Los Angeles votes in some of the strictest COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the country, requiring vaccinations before people can enter indoor businesses and events.