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on this day in October

October 1

1974  The first British McDonald's opened in south London, God help us

October 2

Rock Hudson  1925-19851985  The actor Rock Hudson died

1983  Neil Kinnock was elected leader of the Labour Party

1901  Holland 1, the Royal Navy's first submarine, was launched

October 4

1957  Sputnik 1 was launched - the first man-made object to be sent into space

1940  The Columbia Broadcasting Company demonstrated colour television on station W2XAB

October  5

pining for the fiords1984  The actor Leonard Rossiter died of a heart attack during a performance of Loot

1969  Monty Python's Flying Circus was first broadcast on television

1917  Lord Lee of Fareham gave Chequers to the nation as a country home for its prime ministers

October  6

1961  Anthony Armstrong-Jones was created Earl of Snowdon

1951  William Kellog, the US statesman and cereal tycoon, died

1927  The The Jazz Singer, the first (part) talking picture, opened on Broadway

1895  The Promenade Concerts were founded

1889  The Moulin Rouge opened in Paris

1536  William Tyndale, who translated the Bible into English, was strangled and then burnt at the stake

October  7

1986  Candido Jacuzzi died

1985  The Achille LauroThe Italian cruise liner Achille Lauro was hijacked by members of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation

1984  A branch of the Trustee Savings Bank in Edinburgh became the first bank in Britain to open on a Sunday

1920  The first women were admitted to Oxford University to follow degree courses

October  8

1999  The comic actor Derek Guyler died in an Australian retirement home

1965  The death penalty was abolished in the UK

October  9

1977  Scottish pubs served drinks on a Sunday for the first time in a hundred years

October 10

1975  Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were married for the second time

1970  The Fiji Islands became independent

October 11

Edith Piaf  1915-19631982  The Mary Rose was raised from the Solent, 437 years after she sunk

1963  The French singer Edith Piaf died

1521  The Pope Leo X conferred the title 'Defender of the Faith' on Henry VIII

October 12

1986  The Queen became the first British monarch to visit China

Gene Vincent  1935-19711984  A bomb exploded at the Grand Hotel, Brighton during the Conservative Party Conference

1973  Spiro T Agnew, accused of tax evasion, resigned as Vice-President of the US

1971  Gene Vincent died in Newhall, California from a bleeding ulcer

October 13

1943  Italy declared war on Germany

October 14

1994 50p piece1969  The 50p coin was first issued

1947  Captain Chuck Yeager became the first person to fly supersonically

1937  The first London Motor Show opened at Earl's Court

1926  Winnie the Pooh first published

1066  Battle of Hastings

October 15

1917  Mata Hari was executed for spying

October 16

Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu  1931-1987  South-east England was battered by 110mph hurricane force winds

1984  Archbishop Desmond Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize

1958  Blue Peter, with presenters Leila Williams and Christopher Trace, was first shown on BBC tv

1815  Napoleon was exiled to St Helena

October 17

1931  Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion

October 18

1767  The Mason-Dixon line between Maryland and Pennsylvania was finally settled

October 19

1958  Mike Hawthorn became the first British Formula One Champion

1944  Marlon Brando made his New York stage debut

1812  Napoleon's retreat from Moscow began

1805  Lord Nelson wrote his last letter to his mistress Lady Hamilton - it was unfinished and found upon his desk

1781  Lord Cornwallis surrendered to General Washington at Yorktown, Virginia ending fighting in the American War of Independence

October 20

1968  Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis

1922  Lt Harold Harris became the first person to escape death by using a parachute

1827  The Battle of Navarino, the last naval fleet engagement to be fought entirely under sail

1818  The 49th parallel between Canada and the USA was establishedl

October 21

1966  A coal tip slid onto the Welsh mining village of Aberfan killing 116 children and 28 adults

1960  Britain's first nuclear submarine, HMS Dreadnought, was launched

Lord Horatio Nelson  1758-18051932  The Rector of Stiffkey on the Norfolk coast, Harold Davidson, was defrocked after being found guilty of disreputable association with women

1805  Lord Horatio Nelson died at the Battle of Trafalgar

October 22

1797  Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute descent from a balloon over the Parc Manceau in Paris

October 23

1987  The former jockey Lester Piggott was found guilty of tax fraud and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment

1972  The ceramics designer Clarice Cliff died

1911 The first Model T Ford motor car to be made outside the USA came of the production line in Manchester

1642  The Battle of Edgehill, the first major engagement of the English Civil War

October 24

The MG logo1980  The British Leyland MG car plant at Abingdon closed after 50 years of production

October 25

1976  The National Theatre on London's South Bank opened

1961  Private Eye was first published

1854  Captain William Morris led the charge of the Light Brigade

1839  Bradshaw's Railway Guide was first published

1415  Henry V defeated the French at Agincourt  

October 26

Bill Graham  1931-19911991  Bill Graham, founder of the Fillmore concert halls, was killed in a helicopter crash

1929  Mrs T W Evans became the first woman to give birth in an aircraft

1881  A gunfight took place at the OK Corral, Tombstone, Arizona

October 27

1879  The Liverpool Echo first published

October 28

  901  Alfred the Great died

October 29

1863  The International Red Cross was founded

October 30

1905  Aspirin became available in Britain

October 31

Mrs Indira Gandi  1917-19841984  Mrs Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, was shot by one of her bodyguards

1964  The Windmill Theatre in London closed

1951  The zebra crossing was introduced

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