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home : extras : e-extras October 16, 2021

10/10/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - October 10

Reprinted By Permission
From OnThisDay.com


Today in History the Great Hurricane of 1780 killed 20,000 to 30,000 in Caribbean; in 1865 I.R. Johnson patented the bicycle frame; and in 2013 Alice Munro was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 680 - Al-Hussein (Al-Ḥusayn ibn) and his followers killed at Karbala by army of Yazid, the Umayyad caliph, on the way to Kufa
  • 1780 - Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in Caribbean
  • 1865 - John Hyatts patents billard ball
  • 1899 - IR Johnson patents bicycle frame
  • 1938 - Germany completed annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland
  • 1954 - Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after withdrawal of French troops
  • 1957 - A fire at the Windscale nuclear plant in Cumbria, UK becomes the world's first major nuclear accident.
  • 1959 - Lee Harvey Oswald signs guestbook in hotel Helsinki
  • 1964 - 18th modern Olympic games opens in Tokyo
  • 1994 - NY Giants retire Lawrence Taylor's #56
  • 2013 - Alice Munro is awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for literature


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1813 - Giuseppe Verdi, Busseto, First French Empire, Italian composer (La donna è mobile - Rigoletto), (d. 1901)
  • 1861 - Fridtjof Nansen, Store Frøen, Christiania, Norway, Arctic explorer/humanitarian (Nobel 1922), (d. 1930)
  • 1900 - Helen Hayes, Wash DC, actress (Caesar & Cleopatra, Happy Birthday)
  • 1941 - Peter Coyote [Rachmil Pinchus Ben Mosha Cohon], New York City, New York, American actor (ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark)
  • 1954 - David Lee Roth, Bloomington Indiana, rock singer (Van Halen-Jump)
  • 1969 - Brett Favre, NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1973 - Mario Lopez, San Diego California, actor (A C Slater-Saved by the Bell)

Famous Weddings

  • 1773 - American revolution patriot Paul Revere (38) weds Rachel Walker in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1774 - Composer Antonio Salieri (24) weds Therese Helferstorfer
  • 1975 - Actress Elizabeth Taylor (43) 6th marriage and remarriage to actor Richard Burton (49)
  • 1987 - Paralympian Rick Hansen (30) weds physiotherapist Amanda Reid
  • 1992 - Actress Ally Sheedy weds actor David Lansbury

Famous Divorces

  • 1974 - Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (41) divorces director-producer William Asher (53) after 11 years of marriage
  • 2008 - Actor and comedian Chris Kattan (37) divorces model Sunshine Tutt (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 months of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1939 - Eleanor Rigby, a real person whose name may have suggested the title to The Beatles song (b. 1895)
  • 1964 - Eddie Cantor, comedian (Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater), dies at 72
  • 1983 - Sir Ralph Richardson, English actor (Richard III), dies at 80
  • 1985 - Orson Welles, actor/dir (Citizen Kane), dies of heart attack at 70
  • 1985 - Yul Brynner, [Taidje Khan], actor (King & I), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1991 - Redd Foxx, comedian (Sanford & Sons), dies of heart attack at 68
  • 2002 - Teresa Graves, American actress and singer (b. 1948)
  • 2004 - Christopher Reeve, American actor (b. 1952)
  • 2013 - Scott Carpenter, American pilot and astronaut, dies from complications from a stroke at 88

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