October 1, 1908 Henry Ford’s Model T went on sale for the first time in red, blue, green or gray. In 1914 Ford streamlined production so you get any color you want as long as it’s black.
October 5, 1877 Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indians surrendered to U.S. Cavalry troops at Bear’s Paw near Chinook, Montana.
October 8, 1998 The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution launching an impeachment inquiry of President Bill Clinton with a 258-176 vote. It was the third time that the House launched a formal impeachment inquiry of a sitting president. (The other two: Andrew Johnson and Richard Nixon).
October 10, 1973 Spiro T. Agnew (1918-1996), Vice President of the United States, resigned the office amid charges of income tax evasion. He was later given a $10,000 fine and sentenced to serve three years’ probation.
October 14, 1912 Former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot by John Schrank while campaigning in Milwaukee. Roosevelt was saved by his thick overcoat, a glasses case and a 50 page folded speech in his pocket which slowed the bullet. He insisted on making the speech even with the bullet lodged in his chest.
October 19, 1781 The British Army led by General Lord Cornwallis, surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown, effectively ending the war between Britain and the American colonies.
October 26, 1825 The Erie Canal opened as the first major man-made waterway in America, linking Lake Erie with the Hudson River.
October 30, 1938 Orson Welles and the Mercury Players dramatized the story by H.G. Wells “War of the Worlds” on a radio broadcast that panicked millions of Americans.