Month In History

Discover the global events and personal stories of October

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October 1, 1860

“In Our Hands”: A Look at Lincoln’s Use of a Phrase

"In Our Hands" - Two letters by Lincoln at hard-won, and long-sought moments.

October 8, 1869

The Death of President Franklin Pierce

Former President Pierce defends himself against treason charges.

October 16, 1946

The Nuremberg Trial Executions

The execution of ten Nazi war criminals.

October 20, 1964

Herbert Hoover, the 31st President, Dies at Age 90

Hoover had longer than most presidents to give vent to a sentiment a great many of them felt: out-of-office, he says he is "...once of Washington D.C. - now fortunately elsewhere.”

October 22, 1879

The Electric Light Bulb is Invented

Thomas Edison: "I am busily engaged on the electric light."

October 31, 1917

The Anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba

General Edmund Allenby enters Jerusalem.

October 31, 1881

The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

The most famous gunfight in Western history; three men had been killed, and someone, the law said, had to answer.



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