Category Archives: OCTOBER in HISTORY

OCTOBER 31 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1632 ~ Johannes Vermeer the Dutch painter was born on the 31st October 1632 (died 15th December 1675 aged 43).

1864 – Nevada was admitted as the 36th U.S. state on the 31st October 1864.

1883 – Marie Laurencin the French painter was born on the 31st October 1883 (died 1956).

1912 – Ollie Johnston the American animator was born on the 31st October 1912 (died 2008).

1913 – Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road across United States on the 31st October 1913.

1920 – Helmut Newton the German photographer was born on the 31st October 1920 (died 2004).

1923 – Marble BarAustralia had the first of 160 consecutive days of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 degrees celsius) on the 31st October 1923.

1926 – Magician Harry Houdini died of gangrene and peritonitis on the 31st October 1926, after his appendix ruptured.

1926 – Jimmy Savile the English radio and television host was born on the 31st October 1926 (died 2011).

1955Ruby Hunter the Australian singer and songwriter was born on the banks of the Murray River in South Australia on the 31st October 1955 (died 2010 aged 54). Ruby Hunter was a member of the Ngarrindjeri nation of Aboriginal tribes, and often performed with her partner Archie Roach, whom both met as homeless teenagers. Ruby was forcibly taken from her family at the age of 8 as part of the Stolen Generation. Ruby Hunter received two ARIA Award nominations, for Best Indigenous Release for Thoughts Within (1995), and Best Blues & Roots Album for Feeling Good (2000).

1961 – In the Soviet UnionJoseph Stalin‘s body was removed from Lenin’s Tomb on the 31st October 1961.

1961 – Peter Jackson the New Zealand actor, director, screenwriter, and producer was born on the 31st October 1961.

1963 – Johnny Marr the English singer-songwriter and guitarist from The Smiths and Modest Mouse was born on the 31st October 1963.

1966 – Ad-Rock the American rapper from the Beastie Boys was born on the 31st October 1966.

1966 – Annabella Lwin the Burmese singer from Bow Wow Wow was born on the 31st October 1966.

1967 – Vanilla Ice the American rapper and actor was born on the 31st October 1967.

1970 – Linn Berggren the Swedish singer-songwriter from Ace of Base was born on the 31st October 1970.

1970 – Rogers Stevens the American guitarist from Blind Melon was born on the 31st October 1970.

1999 – Yachtsman Jesse Martin returned to Melbourne on the 31st October 1999, after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.

1999 – EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on the 31st October 1999, killing all 217 people on board.

2000 – Willow Smith the American actress and singer was born on the 31st October 2000.

2003Bethany Hamilton the American 13 year old professional surfer had her left arm bitten off by a 14 to 15 foot tiger shark on the 31st October 2003, while having a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai with her best friend Alana Blanchard, her father and brother. Bethany overcame the injury and returned to professional surfing. She wrote about her experience in the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. In 2011 the feature film Soul Surfer was released, based on the book.

Today in History for October 31st ~ video presented by the Associated Press…  

OCTOBER 30 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1938 – Orson Welles broadcasted his radio play of H. G. Wells‘s The War of the Worlds on the 30th October 1938, causing anxiety in some of the audience in the United States.

1944 – Anne Frank and her sister Margot Frank were deported from Auschwitz to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp on the 30th October 1944.

1974 – The Texas Chain Saw Massacre made its Hollywood debut on the 30th October 1974.

1985 – Space Shuttle Challenger lifted off for mission STS-61-A on the 30th October 1985, its final successful mission.

Today in History for October 30th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…  

OCTOBER 29 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1390 – The 1st trial for witchcraft in Paris was on the 29th October 1390, leading to the death of 3 people.

1504 – Shin Saimdang the Korean painter and poet was born on the 29th October 1504 (died 1551).

1618 – Sir Walter Raleigh the English adventurer, writer, and courtier was beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England on the 29th October 1618.

1658 – Battle of the Sound took place on the 29th October 1658.

1675 – The long s ‘∫’ symbol ∫ was first used as a symbol of the integral in calculus by Leibniz on the 29th October 1675.

1787 – The Don Giovanni opera by Mozart received its 1st performance in Prague on the 29th October 1787.

1861 – Andrei Ryabushkin the Russian painter was born on the 29th October 1861 (died 1904).

1863 ~ The iNTERNATiONAL RED CROSS was agreed upon when 18 countries met in Geneva on the 29th October 1863.

1901 – Leon Czolgosz  the assassin of U.S. President William McKinley was executed by electrocution on the 29th October 1901.

1921 – Bill Mauldin the American cartoonist was born on the 29th October 1921 (died 2003).

1922 – Benito Mussolini was appointed as Prime Minister on the 29th October 1922 by Victor Emmanuel III, the King of Italy.

1929 – The New York Stock Exchange crashed on the 29th October 1929, in what was called the Crash of ’29 or Black Tuesday, ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression.

1936 – Akiko Kojima the Japanese model and Miss Universe 1959 was born on the 29th October 1936.

1942 – Bob Ross the American painter and television host was born on the 29th October 1942 (died 1995).

1944 – Denny Laine the English singer-songwriter and guitarist from the Moody Blues and Wings was born on the 29th October 1944.

1945 – Mick Gallagher the English Hammond organ player with Ian Dury and the Blockheads was born on the 29th October 1945.

1945 – Melba Moore the American singer-songwriter and actress was born on the 29th October 1945.

1946 – Peter Green the English singer-songwriter and guitarist from Fleetwood Mac was born on the 29th October 1946.

1947 – Richard Dreyfuss the American actor was born on the 29th October 1947.

1949 – David Paton the Scottish guitarist from PilotThe Alan Parsons Project and Bay City Rollers was born on the 29th October 1949.

1949 – James Williamson the American guitarist and songwriter from The Stooges was born on the 29th October 1949.

1955 – Kevin DuBrow the American singer-songwriter from Quiet Riot was born on the 29th October 1955 (died 2007).

1955 – Roger O’Donnell the English keyboard player from The Cure and Thompson Twins was born on the 29th October 1955.

1958 – Blažej Baláž the Slovak painter was born on the 29th October 1958.

1961 – Randy Jackson the American singer-songwriter and dancer from The Jackson 5 was born on the 29th October 1961.

1964 – Yasmin Le Bon the English model was born on the 29th October 1964.

1964 – Eddie McGuire the Australian businessman, television and radio host was born in Broadmeadows on the 29th October 1964. Edward Joseph McGuire AM is best known as Eddie or Eddie Everywhere, in his long association with Australian rules football and the Channel 9 TV network. Eddie McGuire is the current president of the Collingwood Football Club and Melbourne StarsTwenty20 cricket franchise, and the current host of Channel Nine program Millionaire Hot Seat. Eddie is also a host on The Hot Breakfast with Mick Molloy and Luke Darcy on Triple M Melbourne‘s breakfast show, as well as being an Australian rules football commentator for Fox Footy. He also broadcasts his own show on the channel EMT, as well as a columnist for the Herald Sun. Eddie McGuire has hosted the Nine Network’s The AFL Footy Show, the Australian Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and 1 vs. 100. He wa the former CEO of the Nine Network, resigning in 2007. NEWS: 29th May 2013: Eddie McGuire admitted he was guilty of racial vilification, after he made an on-air racist reference to Adam Goodes and King Kong.

1969 – ARPANET established the first ever computer-to-computer link on the 29th October 1969. ARPANET was the precursor to the Internet.

1971 – Winona Ryder the American actress was born on the 29th October 1971.

1971 – Duane Allman the primary leader and co-founder of the The Allman Brothers Band died in a motorcycle accident on the 29th October 1971.

1972 – Takafumi Horie the Japanese businessman and founder of Livedoor was born on the 29th October 1972.

1980 – Mark David Chapman the murderer of John Lennon left New York from his home in Hawaii on the 29th October 1980, to carry out the murder.

1998 – Space Shuttle Discovery blasted off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn on board on the 29th October 1998. John Glenn became the oldest person to go into space.

1998 – HURRiCANE MiTCH made landfall in Honduras on the 29th October 1998. Hurricane Mitch was the 2nd deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, with 19,325 people killed. It was the most powerful and destructive hurricane of the 1998 Atlantic hurricane season, with winds of 285 km/h (180 mph). Hurricane Mitch matched the 4th most intense Atlantic hurricane on record as of 1998. Mitch struck Florida as a strong tropical storm. The hurricane left 2.7 million people homeless, and a damage bill of over $6 billion.

Hurricane Mitch peak intensity image Eye of the storm GOES-8 1998 NOAA Honduras Atlantic ocean Mexico Cuba Jamaica
Hurricane Mitch at peak intensity image captured by GOES-8 on 26th October 1998 at 21:45 UTC (Image source: NOAA ~ Operational Significant Event Imagery )

2008 – Delta Air Lines merged with Northwest Airlines on the 29th October 2008, which created the world’s largest airline and reduced the number of US legacy carriers to 5.

2012 ~ HURRiCANE SANDY aka SUPERSTORM SANDY, the devastating tropical cyclone made landfall at New Jersey on the coastline of America’s north-east on the 29th October 2012. Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane in diameter on record, with winds spanning 1,800 km (1,100 miles), and affected at least 24 states, from Florida to New England. Sandy brought a destructive storm surge to New York City, flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines in Lower Manhattan. Massive destruction occurred along the Jersey Shore in New Jersey. Estimations suggest the damage bill will be over $52 billion, which would rank Sandy in the top 5 most destructive hurricanes of all time. Super Storm Sandy caused 193 deaths.

Hurricane Sandy Super Storm satellite image United States East coast Monday 29th October 2012 Tropical clouds Frankenstorm ocean sea land photo
Satellite captured image of Hurricane Sandy battering the U.S. East coast at 9:10am (EDT) Monday 29th October 2012. The center of the Hurricane was about 310 miles south-southeast of New York City. The Tropical Storm force winds are about 1,000 miles in diameter. (Credit: NASA / NOAA GOES Project)

ABC News has presented some Superstorm Sandy interactive before & after photos. The interactive images on the website show the parts of the New Jersey coastline damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in a before and after format, by hovering your mouse over each satellite photo. Visit the ABC News Superstorm Sandy interactive before & after photo sliders to see the damage done to Casino Pier, Breakwater Beach Park, Ortley Beach, Mantoloking, Brielle, Ocean City, Brick township, Playland’s Castaway Cove, Gillian’s Island Water Park, Ocean City coastline and Longport coastline in New Jersey.. 

ABC News Superstorm Sandy interactive before after photos Hurricane Ocean Terrace Boardwalk Seaside Heights NJ New Jersey Shore damage aerial NOAA Google 2012
The ABC News Superstorm Sandy interactive before & after photos of the damage done by Hurricane Sandy along the New Jersey Shore (NOAA / Google 2012)
Hurricane Sandy Casino Pier Seaside Heights NJ New Jersey Shore boardwalk beach coast damage aerial photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen 2012
Aerial view of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy along the Boardwalk at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, New Jersey Shore beach coast ~ NJ Photo taken by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen during a search and rescue mission by 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard on 30th October 2012
Boardwalk Casino Pier Seaside Heights NJ New Jersey Shore coast beach North Atlantic Ocean aerial satelite before photo Sandy storm 2012 Google Maps
The before photo of the Boardwalk Casino Pier, Seaside Heights, New Jersey Shore (Imagery ©2012 Digital Globe, Geo Eye, USDA Farm Service Agency, Map data ©2012 Google)
ABC News Superstorm Sandy interactive before & after photo Hurricane Casino Pier Breakwater Beach Park Seaside Heights NJ New Jersey Shore damage aerial NOAA Google 2012 image photos
ABC News Superstorm Sandy interactive before & after photos (Development: Blake Butcher / Executive producer: Matthew Liddy / Source: NOAA / Google)
The NJ interactive images on the website show the parts of the New Jersey coastline damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in a before and after format, by hovering your mouse over each satellite photo

Today in History for October 29th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…  

OCTOBER 28 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1538Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, the 1st university in the New World was established on the 28th October in 1538.

1697Canaletto the Italian artist was born on the 28th October in 1697 (d. 1768).

1848 – The 1st railroad in Spain, between Barcelona and Mataró was opened on the 28th October in 1848.

1886 – The 1st ticker-tape parade in the World took place in New York City on the 28th October 1886, when office workers spontaneously threw ticker tape into the streets as the Statue of Liberty was dedicated.

1892 ~ CHARLES-ÉMiLE REYNAUD projected the 1st ANiMATED CARTOON FiLM to the public, Pauvre Pierrot (aka Poor Pete) at the Musée Grévin (waxwork museum) in Paris, France, on the 28th October 1892. Reynaud created the Praxinoscope in 1877 and the Théâtre Optique in 1888, which was seen for the first time in a public performance, in the show, billed as Pantomimes Lumineuses, which included 3 cartoons, Pauvre Pierrot, Un bon bock, and Le Clown et ses chiens, each consisting of 500 to 600 individually painted images (= 15 minute duration). Reynaud was the projectionist, and accompanied by a piano player. The show remained at the Musée Grévin until 1900, and was seen by over 500,000 people.

Pauvre Pierrot (aka Poor Pete) 1892 French short animated film directed by Charles-Émile Reynaud
Pauvre Pierrot (aka Poor Pete) 1892 French short animated film directed by Charles-Émile Reynaud
Charles-Émile Reynaud théâtre optique 1892 World first animated cartoon rear projection screen moving pictures audience old illustration
The Théâtre Optique moving picture show presented for the first time by Charles-Émile Reynaud in Paris ~ 28th October 1892 (note: The moving images were back projected onto the screen)

1909Francis Bacon the Irish painter was born on the 28th October in 1909 (d. 1992).

1927Cleo Laine the British singer was born on the 28th October in 1927.

1936Charlie Daniels the American musician was born on the 28th October in 1936.

1941Hank Marvin the English guitarist was born on the 28th October in 1941.

1942 – The Alaska Highway was completed through Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska on the 28th October in 1942.

1944Anton Schlecker the German businessman was born on the 28th October in 1944.

1945Wayne Fontana the British singer from The Mindbenders was born on the 28th October in 1945.

1946John Hewson the Australian politician was born on the 28th October in 1946.

1948Swiss chemist Paul Müller was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the insecticidal properties of DDT on the 28th October in 1948.

1955BiLL GATES the American software executive was born on the 28th October in 1955. Bill Gates is an American business magnate and philanthropist. He is the current chairman of Microsoft, the world’s largest personal-computer software company, which he co-founded with Paul Allen. Bill Gates is consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people, and was ranked the World’s wealthiest overall from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008, when he was ranked 3rd. In 2011, Bill Gates was the wealthiest American and the 2nd wealthiest person.

1956Volker Zotz the Austrian philosopher was born on the 28th October in 1956.

1957Stephen Morris the British drummer from Joy Division and New Order was born on the 28th October in 1957.

1962Daphne Zuniga the American actress was born on the 28th October in 1962. Daphne Zuniga is best known for her roles as Jo Reynolds on Melrose Place, as Victoria Davis on One Tree Hill, and as Princess Vespa in the Mel Brooks film Spaceballs.

1965St. Louis Arch was completed on the 28th October in 1965.

1967Sophie, Hereditary Princess of Liechtenstein was born on the 28th October in 1967.

1967Julia Roberts the American actress was born on the 28th October in 1967.

1971 – The Prospero satellite was launched on the 28th October in 1971, the only British satellite to date launched by British rocket. Prospero was launched into low Earth orbit atop a Black Arrow carrier rocket.

1987 ~ Frank Ocean aka Christopher Ocean the American singer and songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana was born Christopher Breaux on the 28th October in 1987.

2002 ~ iNTERNATiONAL ANiMATiON DAY was proclaimed on the 28th October 2002 by the ASIFA (International Animated Film Association) to celebrate the art of animation around the World. International Animation Day commemorates the first public performance of Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique in Paris, on the 28th day of October 1892 in 1895. website International Animated Film Association art of animation International Animation Day yellow artwork drawing illustration ~ International Animated Film Association official website
ASIFA cartoon drawing illustration by Bordo Dovnikovic 2011 Winner for the ASIFA Anniversary Book comic flasher man art
ASIFA cartoon illustration by Bordo Dovnikovic, the 2011 Winner for the ASIFA Anniversary Book artwork
Musée Grévin Pantomimes Lumineuses Théâtre Optique Émile Reynaud poster advertising 1st animation show Paris 1892 dancer girl illustration dancing art
Musée Grévin “Pantomimes Lumineuses” Théâtre Optique by Émile Reynaud poster advertising for the 1st animation show ~ Paris 1892

2007Cristina Fernández de Kirchner became the 1st woman elected President of Argentina on the 28th October in 2007.

2009Ares I-X mission was successfully launched by NASA on the 28th October in 2009, the only rocket launch for its later-cancelled Constellation program.

2012CASEY STONER had his sixth straight win at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island on the 28th October in 2012.

Casey Stoner gold trophy win Australian Grand Prix winner Phillip Island MotoGP 2011 World championship motorcycle racing Repsol Honda
Casey Stoner holding the trophy for 1st place at the 2011 Australian Grand Prix at the Phillip Island MotoGP, his 5th year winning in a row, & his 2nd World championship, all on his 26th birthday (Photo by Andrew Napier)

Today in History for October 28th ~ video presented by the Associated Press

OCTOBER 27 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1275 – Amsterdam was founded on the 27th October 1275.

1682 – Philadelphia in Pennsylvania was founded on the 27th October 1682.

1744 – Mary Moser the English painter was born on the 27th October 1744 (died 1819).

1838 – Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issued the Extermination Order on the 27th October 1838, which ordered all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.

1865 – Charles Spencelayh the English painter was born on the 27th October 1865 (died 1958).

1885 – Sigrid Hjertén the Swedish painter was born on the 27th October 1885 (died 1948).

1904 – New York City Subway opened on the 27th October 1904.

1908 – Lee Krasner the American painter was born on the 27th October 1908 (died 1984).

1923 – Roy Lichtenstein the American painter and sculptor was born on the 27th October 1923 (died 1997).

1935 – Mauricio de Sousa the Brazilian cartoonist was born on the 27th October 1935.

1939 – John Cleese the English actor, screenwriter, and producer was born on the 27th October 1939.

1940 – John Gotti the American mobster was born on the 27th October 1940 (died 2002).

1949 – Garry Tallent the American bass player and producer from the E Street Band was born on the 27th October 1949.

1951 – K. K. Downing the English guitarist and songwriter from Judas Priest was born on the 27th October 1951.

1954 – Jan Duursema the American illustrator was born on the 27th October 1954.

1953 – Totem 2 the British nuclear test was carried out at Emu FieldSouth Australia on the 27th October 1953.

1954 – Benjamin O. Davis Jr. became the 1st African-American general in the United States Air Force on the 27th October 1954.

1958 – Simon Le Bon the English singer-songwriter from Duran Duran and Arcadia was born on the 27th October 1958.

1961 – NASA tested the first Saturn I rocket in Mission Saturn-Apollo 1 on the 27th October 1961.

1964 – Mark Taylor the Australian cricketer was born on the 27th October 1964.

1966 – Matt Drudge the American blogger and founder of the Drudge Report was born on the 27th October 1966 ~

1967 – Scott Weiland the American singer-songwriter from the Stone Temple Pilots was born on the 27th October 1967.

1970 – Karl Backman the Swedish artist and musician from AC4 was born on the 27th October 1970.

1971 – Jade Arcade the American illustrator and writer was born on the 27th October 1971.

1973 – The Cañon City meteorite, a 1.4kg chondrite type meteorite, struck in Fremont County, Colorado on the 27th October 1973.

1978 – Vanessa-Mae the Singaporean-English violinist was born on the 27th October 1978.

1984 – Kelly Osbourne the English singer-songwriter and actress was born on the 27th October 1984. She is the daughter of Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne. Video : Kelly Osbourne fights every day to stay sober (on the Loose Women show on iTV 2018)

1994 – The U.S. prison population tops 1 million on the 27th October 1994, for the first time in American history.

2005 – The SSETI Express micro-satellite was successfully launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on the 27th October 2005.

Today in History for October 27th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…  

OCTOBER 26 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1803 – Joseph Hansom the English architect and inventor was born on the 26th October 1803 (d. 1882). Joseph Hansom invented the Hansom cab, and was one of the founders of The Builder architectural journal in 1843.

1861 – The Pony Express officially ceased operation on the 26th October 1861.

1881 – The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place at Tombstone, Arizona on the 26th October 1881.

1865 – Benjamin Guggenheim the American businessman was born on the 26th October 1865 (d. 1912).

1883 – Napoleon Hill the American writer and philosopher was born on the 26th October 1883 (d. 1970).

1905 – Norway became independent from Sweden on the 26th October 1905.

1921 – The Chicago Theatre opened on the 26th October 1921.

1940 – The P-51 Mustang maded its maiden flight on the 26th October 1940.

1942 – Bob Hoskins the British actor was born on the 26th October 1942.

1952 – DAViD WAS from the 1980’s band Was (Not Was) was born on the 26th October 1952. Walk the Dinosaur by Was (Not Was) was a hit single in 1987, and featured on their 1988 album, What Up, Dog?

1953 – Keith Strickland the American musician from The B-52’s was born on the 26th October 1953.

1955 ~ AUSTRiA declared permanent neutrality on the 26th October 1955, after the last Allied troops left, and following the provisions of the Austrian Independence Treaty. The AUSTRiAN NATiONAL DAY is celebrated annually on the anniversary of the Declaration of Neutrality in 1955. Facebook:

Austria Official Travel info on Facebook Austrian flags Winter night snow scene people mountains ski lodge house photo
Visit Austria Official Travel info Facebook page
Austrian Coat of arms Österreich Austria flag emblem black eagle wings crown broken chains hammer sickle graphic design by Gryffindor

The Austrian Coat of arms of Austria (modified and uploaded to Wikipedia by Gryffindor, by permission from the ministry)

1956 – Rita Wilson the American actress, singer, and producer was born on the 26th October 1956.

1958 – Pan American Airways made the 1st commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France on the 26th October 1958.

1963 – Natalie Merchant the American singer was born on the 26th October 1963.

1964 – Eric Edgar Cooke became the last person in Western Australia to be executed on the 26th October 1964.

1967 – Keith Urban the New Zealand born Australian country music singer was born on the 26th October 1967.

1973 – Seth MacFarlane the American animator was born on the 26th October 1973. Seth MacFarlane is best known as the creator of Family Guy (1999 to present) and co-creator of American Dad! (2005 to present) and The Cleveland Show (2009 to present), for which he also voices many of the shows’ various characters.

1981 – Guy Sebastian the Australian singer was born on the 26th October 1981.

1985 – The Australian government returned ownership of Uluru to the local Pitjantjatjara Aborigines on the 26th October 1985.

1992 – The London Ambulance Service was thrown into chaos after the implementation of a new CAD system (Computer Aided Dispatch system) which failed on the 26th October 1992. Media reports claimed that up to 30 people may have died as a result of the chaos.

2001 – The USA PATRiOT Act was passed into law on the 26th October 2001.

2010Downton Abbey the British period drama television series was first broadcast on the 26th September 2010. Official website: | YouTube video: Downton Abbey Series 3 Trailer…

2012 ~ The DANiEL MORCOMBE FOUNDATiON held the 8th Walk for Daniel on the 26th October 2012. DAY FOR DANiEL continues to grow on a National scale, and is recognised as Australia’s largest participation event of its type. The day focuses on Child Safety Awareness. Day For Daniel is organized by Daniel’s parents Denise and Bruce Morcombe, following the tragic abduction and suspected murder of their 13 year old son Daniel in December 2003. The Daniel Morecomb Foundation’s aim is to make the world a safer place for children. Visit for more details…

Day For Daniel Morcombe Foundation 13 year old Australian boy abducted 2012 child safety awareness red banner photo
Visit website (The Daniel Morcombe Foundation)

Today in History for October 26th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…  

OCTOBER 25 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1616 – Dirk Hartog the Dutch sea-captain made the 2nd recorded landfall by a European on Australian soil, at the later-named Dirk Hartog Island off the West Australian coast on the 25th October 1616.

1825 – Johann Strauss II the Austrian composer was born on the 25th October 1825 (d. 1899).

1881Pablo Picasso the Spanish painter and sculptor was born in Málaga, Spain on the 25th October 1881 (died  8 April 1973 aged 91). Picasso official website: | YouTube video: The Power of Art – Picasso (complete episode)…

1898Karl Anton the German film director, screenwriter and film producer was born in Prague, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire on the 25th October 1898 (died in Berlin 12th April 1979). Karl Anton directed 58 films between 1922 and 1960.

1939 – Fred Marcellino the American illustrator was born on the 25th October 1939 (d. 2001).

1941 – Helen Reddy the Australian singer was born on the 25th October 1941.

1944 – Jon Anderson the English singer from Yes was born on the 25th October 1944.

1947 – Glenn Tipton the English guitarist from Judas Priest was born on the 25th October 1947.

1955 – Matthias Jabs the German guitarist from Scorpions was born on the 25th October 1955.

1959 – Chrissy Amphlett the lead vocalist for The Divinyls was born on the 25th October 1959.

1961 – Chad Smith the American drummer from Red Hot Chili Peppers was born on the 25th October 1961.

1962 – Nelson Mandela was sentenced to 5 years in prison on the 25th October 1962.

1964 – Nicole German singer was born on the 25th October 1964.

1970 – Ed Robertson the Canadian lead singer from Barenaked Ladies was born on the 25th October 1970.

1981 – Austin Winkler the American lead vocalist from Hinder was born on the 25th October 1981.

1984 – Katy Perry the American singer was born on the 25th October 1984.

1985 – Ciara the American singer was born on the 25th October 1985.

1992 – Roger Miller the American singer died on the 25th October 1992 (b. 1936).

1993 – Vincent Price the American actor died on the 25th October 1993 (b. 1911).

Today in History for October 25th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…  

OCTOBER 24 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1632 – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek the Dutch microbiologist was born on the 24th October 1632 (died 1723).

1830 – Marianne North the English painter was born on the 24th October 1830 (died 1890).

1838 ~ Annie Edson Taylor the American adventurer was born on the 24th October 1838 (died 1921). Annie Edson Taylor is best known for celebrating her 63rd birthday on the 24th October 1901, by becoming the 1st person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

1851 – William Lassell discovered the moons Umbriel and Ariel (moon) orbiting Uranus on the 24th October 1851.

1857 – Sheffield F.C., the world’s first football club, was founded in SheffieldEngland on the 24th October 1857.

1861 – The First Transcontinental Telegraph line across the United States was completed on the 24th October 1861, ending the Pony Express.

1868 – Alexandra David-Néel the Belgian-French explorer and author was born on the 24th October 1868 (died 1969).

1875 – Konstantin Yuon the Russian painter was born on the 24th October 1875 (died 1958).

1895 – Jack Warner the English actor was born on the 24th October 1895 (died 1981).

1901 – Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel on the 24th October 1901, on her 63rd birthday.

1911 – Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a Wright Glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina on the 24th October 1911.

1911 – Sonny Terry the American harmonica player was born on the 24th October 1911 (died 1986).

1915 – Bob Kane the American writer and illustrator was born on the 24th October 1915 (died 1998).

1921 – R. K. Laxman the Indian cartoonist and illustrator was born on the 24th October 1921.

1926 – Harry Houdini had his last performance on the 24th October 1926, at the Garrick Theatre in DetroitMichigan.

1929 – “Black Thursday” stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange was on the 24th October 1929.

1930 – The Big Bopper the American singer-songwriter and guitarist was born on the 24th October 1930 (died 1959).

1931 – The George Washington Bridge opened to public traffic on the 24th October 1931.

1933 – Reginald Kray the English gangster was born on the 24th October 1933 (died 2000).

1933 – Ronald Kray the English gangster was born on the 24th October 1933 (died 1995).

1936 – Bill Wyman the English singer-songwriter and bass player from The Rolling Stones was born on the 24th October 1936.

1937 – Rosaria Piomelli the American architect was born on the 24th October 1937.

1938 – Odean Pope the American saxophonist was born on the 24th October 1938.

1945 – United Nations was founded on the 24th October 1945.

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The Flag of the United Nations

1945 – Anthony Christian the English painter was born on the 24th October 1945.

1946 – A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket took the 1st photograph of earth from outer space on the 24th October 1946.

1946 – Jerry Edmonton the Canadian drummer from Steppenwolf was born on the 24th October 1946 (died 1993).

1947 – Walt Disney testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee, naming Disney employees he believed to be communists on the 24th October 1947.

1947 – Kevin Kline the American actor was born on the 24th October 1947.

1957 – The USAF started the X-20 Dyna-Soar program on the 24th October 1957.

1959 – Rowland S. Howard the Australian guitarist was born on the 24th October 1959 (died 2009).

1960 – Ian Baker-Finch the Australian golfer was born on the 24th October 1960.

1960 – Wolfgang Güllich the German climber was born on the 24th October 1960 (died 1992).

1967Jacqueline McKenzie the Australian actress, singer and painter was born on the 24th October 1967. Jacqueline McKenzie is known for her roles in Romper Stomper, StarkHalifax f.p., Angel Baby, Deep Blue Sea and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

1972 – Raelee Hill the Australian actress was born on the 24th October 1972.

1979 – Ben Gillies the Australian drummer from Silverchair was born on the 24th October 1979.

1986 ~ Drake the Canadian recording artist, rapper, songwriter, and actor was born Aubrey Drake Graham in Toronto, Ontario, on the 24th October 1986. official website: | social media : Twitter | videos : Youtube | video: Drake – “Hold On, We’re Going Home”  ft. Majid Jordan (2013 music video over 133 million views)…

1987Lincoln Lewis the Australian actor was born in Brisbane on the 24th October 1987. Lincoln Lewis is the son of Wally Lewis the former Australian rugby league football captain. Lincoln Lewis is best known for his roles in Home and Away (as Geoff Campbell), SLiDE and Tomorrow, When the War Began (2010). Lincoln Lewis Twitter: | instagram: | 

1989Eliza Taylor the Australian actress was born in Melbourne on the 24th October 1989. Eliza Taylor is known for her roles in Pirate Islands (as Sarah Redding), The Sleepover Club (as Rosie Cartwright), Neighbours (as Janae Timmins) and The 100 (as Clarke Walters). Eliza Taylor’s Twitter verified: | Eliza Taylor’s Facebook page: | YouTube video: The 100 (CW): Eliza Taylor Interview…

1998 – Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission was launched on the 24th October 1998.

2003 – Concorde made its last commercial flight on the 24th October 2003.

2005 – Hurricane Wilma made landfall in Florida on the 24th October 2005, resulting in 35 direct and 26 indirect fatalities, with $20.6B USD in damage.

2007 – Chang’e 1, the 1st satellite in the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on the 24th October 2007.

2008 – “Bloody Friday” saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experience the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.on the 24th October 1

Today in History for October 24th ~ video presented by the Associated Press…  

OCTOBER 23 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1707 – Parliament of Great Britain met for the first time on the 23rd October 1707.

1850 – The 1st National Women’s Rights Convention began in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States on the 23rd October 1850.

1911 – The first use of aircraft in war was on the 23rd October 1911, when an Italian pilot took off from Libya to observe Turkish army lines during the Turco-Italian War.

1917 – Lenin called for the October Revolution on the 23rd October 1917.

1929 – The 1st North American transcontinental air service began between New York City and Los Angeles, California on the 23rd October 1929.

1940 – Pelé the Brazilian footballer was born on the 23rd October 1940.

1942 – Anita Roddick the English businesswoman, activist and founder of The Body Shop was born on the 23rd October 1942 (died 2007).

1942 –  Ralph Rainger the award-winning composer and songwriter, along with 11 other passengers and crewmen died aboard an American Airlines DC-3 on the 23rd October 1942, when struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber, near Palm Springs, California. Ralph Rainger was best known for his songs Thanks for the Memory, Love in Bloom, and Blue Hawaii.

1949 – Würzel the English singer and guitarist from Motörhead was born on the 23rd October 1949 (died 2011).

1956Dwight Yoakam the American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor was born in Pikeville, Kentucky, on the 23rd October 1956. official website : | social media : Facebook | Twitter | instagram | videos : YouTube | video : “Fast As You” 1993 song (over 8 million views)

1958The Smurfs appeared for the first time in the story La flute à six schtroumpfs, on the 23rd October 1958, a Johan and Peewit adventure by Peyo which was featured in the weekly comic magazine Spirou. | offical website : | videos : YouTube | video : 60 Minutes of  Smurfs – Compilation 4 – The Smurfs

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1959Weird Al Yankovic the American singer-songwriter and comedian was born Alfred Yanovic in Downey, California, on the 23rd October 1959. official website : | social media : Facebook | Twitter | instagram | videos : YouTube | video : “Eat it” 1984 song by Weird Al, no.1 in Australia

1970 – Gary Gabelich set a land speed record in a rocket-powered automobile called the Blue Flame on the 23rd October 1970, fueled with natural gas.

1985Miguel the American recording artist and songwriter was born Miguel Jontel Pimentel in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, on the 23rd October 1985. official website : |

Today in History for October 23rd ~ video presented by the Associated Press…  

OCTOBER 22 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

0362 – The temple of Apollo at Daphne, was destroyed in a mysterious fire on the 22nd October in the year 0362, outside Antioch.

1734 – Daniel Boone the American explorer and hunter was born on the 22nd October 1734 (died 1820).

1746 – Princeton University originally known as The College of New Jersey received its charter on the 22nd October 1746.

1784 – Russia founded a colony on Kodiak IslandAlaska on the 22nd October 1784.

1797 – André-Jacques Garnerin made the 1st recorded parachute jump on the 22nd October 1797, 1000 meters (3,200 feet) above Paris, France.

1865 – Kristjan Raud the Estonian painter was born on the 22nd October 1865 (died 1943).

1882 – Edmund Dulac the French illustrator was born on the 22nd October 1882 (died 1953).

1895 – Gare Montparnasse in Paris had an express train plummet through their window on the 22nd October 1895, when it overran a buffer stop.

1913 – Robert Capa the Hungarian-American photographer was born on the 22nd October 1913 (died 1954).

1920 – Timothy Leary the American psychologist and author was born on the 22nd October 1920 (died 1996).

1924 – Toastmasters International was founded on the 22nd October 1924.

1925 – Robert Rauschenberg the American painter and illustrator was born on the 22nd October 1925 (died 2008).

1926 – J. Gordon Whitehead sucker punched magician Harry Houdini in the stomach in Montreal on the 22nd October 1926.

1927 – Nikola Tesla exposed his 6 new inventions, including a motor with onephase electricity on the 22nd October 1927.

1936 – Bobby Seale the American activist and co-founder of the Black Panther Party was born on the 22nd October 1936.

1942 – Bobby Fuller the American singer-songwriter and guitarist from The Bobby Fuller Four was born on the 22nd October 1942 (died 1966).

1946 – Eddie Brigati the American singer-songwriter from The Rascals was born on the 22nd October 1946.

1946Deepak Chopra the Indian-American physician and author was born in New Delhi, India, on the 22nd October 1946. official website : | social media : Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | video: Deepak Chopra – Human Energy Human Power @ TEDxSanMigueldeAllende

1952 – Jeff Goldblum the American actor was born on the 22nd October 1952.

1953Louise Burfitt-Dons (FRSA) the British writer, humanitarian and global warming campaigner was born on the 22nd October 1953. Louise Burfitt-Dons is best known for her anti-bullying activism as the founder of the charity Act Against Bullying ~ website: | official website:

1964 – Jean-Paul Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on the 22nd October 1964, but he turned down the honor.

1966 – The Supremes became the 1st all-female music group to attain a No. 1 selling album (The Supremes A’ Go-Go) on the 22nd October 1966.

1966Luna 12 the Soviet Union launched on the 22nd October 1966.

1968 – Apollo 7 safely splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean  on the 22nd October 1968, after orbiting the Earth 163 times.

1968 – Shaggy the Jamaican singer-songwriter was born on the 22nd October 1968.

1975 – Venera 9 the Soviet unmanned space mission landed on Venus on the 22nd October 1975.

1976 – US Food & Drug Administration banned Red Dye No. 4 on the 22nd October 1976, after it is discovered that it causes tumors in the bladders of dogs. Allegedly the dye is still used in Canada.

1985 – Zac Hanson the American drummer was born on the 22nd October 1985 Hanson.

2008 – Chandrayaan-1 was launched on the 22nd October, becoming India’s 1st unmanned lunar probe.

2012Lance Armstrong (born Lance Gunderson) the disgraced American former professional road racing cyclist, was given a lifetime ban from competition cycling, and stripped of all 7 Tour de France titles on the 22nd October 2012. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) charged Lance Armstrong with having used illicit performance enhancing drugs, after the Union Cycliste International (UCI) accepted USADA‘s verdict. Testicular cancer survivor Lance Armstrong resigned as chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation: Livestrong for cancer support, after USADA‘s charges against him were published.

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Lance Armstrong finishing 3rd at the Grand Prix Midi Libre in Sète, France 2002 (Photo by Hase on Wikipedia)
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Armstrong riding the prologue of the 2004 Tour de France (Photo by Denkfabrikant)

2013 – The Australian Capital Territory became the first Australian jurisdiction to legalize same-sex marriage with the Marriage Equality Legislation Australian Capital Territory, 2013 on the 22nd October 2013.

Today in History for October 22nd ~ video presented by the Associated Press…