Saturday, October 1, 2011

1st of October

It is the 274th day of the year, with 91 days remaining until the end of the year.  It is also the day of the tenth month of the year.

331 BC - Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela.

1811 AD - The first steamboat to sail the Mississippi River arrives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1869 - Austria issues the world's first postcards.

1880 - John Philip Sousa becomes leader of the United States Marine Band.

1880 - The first electric lamp factory is opened by Thomas Edison.

1890 - The Yosemite National Park and the Yellowstone National Park are established by the U.S. Congress.

1891 - Stanford University opens its doors.

1903 - The Boston Americans play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of the modern World Series.

1908 - Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of $825.00.

1918 - Arab forces under T.E. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia, capture Damascus.

1940 - The Pennsylvania Turnpike, often considered the first superhighway in the United States, opens to traffic.

1946 - Nazi leading officials are sentenced at the Nuremberg Trials.

1947 - The F-86 Sabre flies for the first time.

1957 - It is the first appearance of "In God We Trust" on United States currency.

1960 - Nigeria gains its independence from the United Kingdom.

1964 - The Free Speech Movement is launched on the campus of University of California, Berkeley.

1971 - Walt Disney World opens near Orlando, Florida.

1975 - Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in a boxing match called the Thrilla in Manila,

1978 - Tuvalu gains its independence from the United Kingdom.

1982 - At Disney World in Florida, the famed EPCOT Center, the "silver golfball," opens.

1982 - Sony launches the first consumer compact disc player, the model CDP-101.

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