Take a look at our October History for important events that happened this month. Makes a great trivia game, too!
October 2, 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court saw the first African American associate justice as Thurgood Marshall was sworn in.
October 2, 1968, California’s Redwood National Park was established.
October 5, 1986, a plane carrying arms for Nicaraguan rebels was shot down by Nicaraguan Sandinistas. Former U.S. Marine Eugene Hasenfus was captured marking the beginning of the “Iran-Contra Affair.”
October 7, 1985, the Italian passenger ship Achille Lauro was hijacked by PLO terrorists. Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly Jewish wheelchair-bound American, was shot and his body thrown overboard.
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 the House launched a formal impeachment inquiry of a sitting president. The other two: Andrew Johnson and Richard Nixon.
October 14, 1947, the first man to break the sound barrier is U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager.
October 16, 1859, Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry was seized by abolitionist John Brown and about 20 followers. Brown was captured by U.S. Marines under the command of Col. Robert E. Lee. Brown was hanged on December 2, 1859.
October 20, 1818, the 49th parallel becomes the border between the U.S. and Canadian.
October 26, 1881, the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona occurred.
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