October: a month famous for Columbus Day & Halloween. But did you know that there are other famous things that took place in October in history? Here are a few things that you may find interesting - and you can thank us later for the future trivia questions you will win later!
- Free rural delivery of mail began in the United States, October 1, 1896.
- First "Model T" Ford put on the market, October 1, 1908.
- The Soviet Union launched first artificial satellite, October 4, 1957.
- President Harry S. Truman made the first presidential telecast address from the White House, October 5, 1947.
- First double-decked steamboat, the Washington, arrived at New Orleans, October 7, 1816.
- U.S. Naval Academy opened at Annapolis, Md., October 10, 1845.
- White House cornerstone laid, October 13, 1792.
- The United States flag was formally raised over Alaska, October 18, 1867.
- Thomas Edison began first successful demonstration of his electric light, October 19, 1879.
- U.S.S. Constitution, better known as Old Ironsides, launched, October 21, 1797.
- Sam Houston inaugurated as first president of the Republic of Texas, October 22, 1836.
- First transcontinental telegram sent, October 24, 1861.
- United Nations formally established when necessary number of members ratified charter, October 24, 1945.
- Erie Canal opened to traffic, October 26, 1825.
- Statue of Liberty dedicated, October 28, 1886.
- Blackest day in stock market history, October 29, 1929
Have a happy October!
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