1862 ~ MELBOURNE ZOO opened on the 6th October 1862, celebrating the 150th anniversary in 2012. Melbourne Zoo is Australia‘s oldest zoo and was based on London Zoo. The zoo was opened at the 55-acre (22 ha) Royal Park site, donated by the City of Melbourne. Before the opening of the Melbourne Zoo, animals were housed at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne.
1876 – The American Library Association known as the oldest and largest library association in the world was founded on the 6th October 1876.
1955 ~ WiLBUR WiLDE the most popular Australian saxophonist was born Nicholas ‘Nick’ Aitken on the 5th October 1955. He is well known for his saxophone playing in OL’ 55 and JO JO ZEP & The FALCONS. Wilbur Wilde became a household name spanning 3 decades, during his 15-years in the house band on Hey Hey It’s Saturday (1984–1999 & 2009–2010). Wilbur also had a very popular drive time show on Vega 91.5fm (now known as Smooth FM) from 2005 to 2008.
1957 – Lee Thompson the English singer-songwriter and saxophonist from Madness was born on the 5th October 1957.
1849 – Edgar Allan Poe the American author was found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances on the 3rd of October in 1849. This was the last time Edgar Allan Poe was seen in public before his death.
1938 – Eddie Cochran the American singer-songwriter and guitarist was born on the 3rd October 1938 (died 1960).
1995 – O. J. Simpson was acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman on the 3rd of October in 1995.
2003 – Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy was attacked by one of the show’s tigers on the 3rd of October in 2003, causing cancellation of the show until 2009, when they both rejoined the tiger that mauled Roy.
1949 ~ André Rieu the Dutch violinist, conductor and composer was born in Maastricht, Netherlands on the 1st October 1949. André Rieu official website: www.AndreRieu.com | André Rieu verified Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AndreRieu | André Rieu verified twitter: www.twitter.com/AndreRieu | André Rieu YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/AndreRieuTV | YouTube video: The Beautiful Blue Danube: André Rieu & his Johann Strauss Orchestra playing “The Beautiful Blue Danube” (An der schönen blauen Donau) by composer Johann Strauss II. Recorded live at Empress Sisi’s castle; Schönbrunn Palace Vienna, Austria with dancers from the famous Austrian Elmayer Dancing School. Clip from the DVD “André Rieu At Schönbrunn, Vienna”. One of André’s biggest and most beautiful specials ever…
1957 – In God We Trust first appeared on U.S. paper currency on the 1st of October in 1957.
1958 – NASA was created to replace NACA on the 1st of October in 1958.
1960 – Nigeria gained independence from the United Kingdom on the 1st of October in 1960.
1961 – Gary Ablett, Sr. the Australian footballer was born on the 1st October 1961.
1971 – Walt Disney World opened near Orlando, Florida, United States on the 1st of October in 1971.
1971 – Andrew O’Keefe the Australian television host was born on the 1st October 1971.
1971 ~ Mia Freedman the Australian journalist, columnist, author, blogger and media consultant was born on the 1st October 1971. Mia Freedman is also the founder, publisher and editorial director of Mamamia.com.au, launcehed in 2007. Mia Freedman launched parenting website ivillage.com.au in 2012.
1976 – Antonio Roybal the American painter and sculptor was born on the 1st October 1976.
1977 ~ Bob Evans the Australian musician who is also known as Kevin Mitchell the vocalist and guitarist inJebediah was born Kevin Edward Mitchell on the 1st October 1977. YouTube video: Bob Evans – Don’t You Think It’s Time? (2006)…YouTube video: Jebediah – Worlds Away aka the Lockie Leonard TV series theme song)…
Monday 1st October 2012 ~ Have a Merry Monday and a Happy New Month. Most new months don’t start on a Monday, exactly at the start of the working week. So Monday at the start of this month is a magnificent day to start your New Month’s resolutions.
1947 – Marc Bolan the English singer-songwriter and guitarist from T. Rex was born on the 30th September 1947.
1954 – Barry Williams the American actor was born on the 30th September 1954.
1955 – James Dean died in a road accident on the 30th of September in 1955, aged 24.
1957 – Fran Drescher the American actress was born on the 30th September 1957.
1961 – Eric Stoltz the American actor, director, and producer was born on the 30th September 1961.
1964 – Robby Takac the American singer-songwriter and bass player from the Goo Goo Dolls was born on the 30th September 1964.
1965 ~ Thunderbirds premiered for the first time on British television on the 30th September 1965, but only in the ATV Midlands broadcasting region. Other ATV regions followed within 3 months, with ATV London commencing transmissions on the 25th December 1965. The children’s television series about a rescue organisation was inspired by a real life disaster rescue on the 7th November 1963, when 11 West German miners were rescued from a collapsed mine after surviving for 14 days, an event later known as the Wunder von Lengede (Miracle of Lengede).
2004 – The 1st images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat were taken 600 miles south of Tokyo on the 30th of September in 2004.
2012 ~ Melbourne Storm won the 2012 National Rugby League Grand Final after defeating the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on the 30th of September in 2012. The final score: Melbourne Storm 14 / Bulldogs 4.
1518 – Tintoretto the Italian painter was born on the 29th September 1518 (died 1594).
1571 – Caravaggio the Italian painter was born on the 29th September 1571 (d. 1610).
1640 – Antoine Coysevox the French sculptor was born on the 29th September 1640 (died 1720).
1703 ~ François Boucher the French painter was born on the 29th September 1703 (died 1770). François Boucher was an advocate of the Rococo style, and known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings of classical themes, decorative allegories, and pastoral scenes. François Boucher was one of the most celebrated decorative artists of the 18th century.
2012 ~ SYDNEY SWANS won the Australian Football League 2012 Premiership Cup at the AFL Grand Final, after defeating Hawthorn by 10 points at the MCG, on Saturday the 29th of September in 2012. The final score: Sydney Swans 91 / Hawthorn 81. The Swans were founded in 1874, and originally known as the South Melbourne Football Club until they became the first club in the competition to be based outside of Victoria, when they relocated to Sydney in 1982. Sydney was Sydney Swans official website: www.SydneySwans.com.au