1216 – King John of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash, probably near Fosdyke, perhaps near Sutton Bridge
1492 – Christopher Columbus’s expedition makes landfall in the Caribbean, specifically in The Bahamas. The explorer believes he has reached South Asia
1582 – Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
1692 – The Salem witch trials are ended by a letter from Massachusetts Governor William Phips.
1773 – America’s first insane asylum opens for ‘Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds’ in Virginia
1792 – First celebration of Columbus Day in the USA held in New York
1823 – Charles Macintosh, of Scotland, sells the first raincoat.
1871 – Criminal Tribes Act (CTA) enacted by British rule in India, which named over 160 local communities ‘Criminal Tribes’, i.e. hereditary criminals. Repealed in 1949, after Independence of India.
1892 – The Pledge of Allegiance is first recited by students in many US public schools, as part of a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage.
1901 – President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the “Executive Mansion” to the White House.
1928 – An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children’s Hospital, Boston
1933 – The United States Army Disciplinary Barracks on Alcatraz Island, is acquired by the United States Department of Justice
1937 – Federal agents shoot and Kill Al Brady and members of the Brady Gang in a shootout at Bangor, Maine on Columbus Day in 1937. They surprised the gang at 8:30 a.m. on a busy street as they left a local store and a shootout between the gang and FBI Agents left a number of dead and wounded.
1945 – World War II: Desmond Doss is the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. Medal of Honor.
1945 – The Nazi party is ordered to dissolve by The Allied Control Council and stated that any attempt at it’s revival in any guise would be considered a criminal offense.
1967 – Vietnam War: US Secretary of State Dean Rusk states during a news conference that proposals by the U.S. Congress for peace initiatives are futile because of North Vietnam’s opposition
1970 – Vietnam War: US President Richard Nixon announces that the United States will withdraw 40,000 more troops before Christmas
1972 – 46 sailors are injured in a race riot involving more than 100 sailors on the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk .
1978: Some figures this week released by the Social Security administration give some interesting figures for current and projected incomes and taxes .
Current Average Worker earns $10,500 per year
1990 Average Worker Projected to earn $22,700 per year ( Actual was $28,960 )
2000 Average Worker Projected to earn $40,000 per year ( Actual was $40,344 )
2010 Average Worker Projected to earn $70,000 per year
2025 Average Worker Projected to earn $162,000 per year
2050 Average Worker Projected to earn $656,000 per year
1979 – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams is published.
1984 – IRA Terrorists carry out a bomb attack on the British Government at the Conservative party conference at Grand Hotel Brighton. .
1998 – Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (b. 1976), died
2000 – The USS Cole a navy destroyer is attacked by two suicide terrorists believed to be part of ( Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist network ) using a motorized rubber dinghy loaded with explosives which blows a 40ft by 40ft hole in the port side of the USS Cole while it was harbored in the Yemeni port of Aden leaving seventeen sailors dead and 38 wounded .
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