Saturday, October 8, 2011

8th of October

It is the 218st day of the year, with only 84 days remaining.

1806 - Forces of the British Empire, lay siege to the port of Boulogne, France, by using Congreve rockets, invented by Sir William Congreve.

1860 - Telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco opens.

1862 - Union forces under General Don Carlos Buell halt the Confederate invasion of Kentucky by defeating troops led by General Braxton Bragg at the Battle of Perryville.

1895 - Queen Min of Joseon, the last empress of Korea, is assassinated and her corpse burned by the Japanese in Gyeongbok Palace.

1918 - In the Argonne Forest in France, United States Corporal Alvin C. York leads an attack that kills 25 German soldiers and captures 132 people.

1921 - KDKA in Pittsburgh's Forbes Field, conducts the first live broadcast of a football game.

1944 - The Battle of Crucifix Hill occurs just outside Aachen.  Captain Bobbie Brown, receives a Medal of Honor for his heroics in this battle.

1956 - New York Yankees, Don Larson, pitched the only perfect game in a World Series, and one of 20 perfect game in baseball history.

1967 - Guerilla leader Che Guevara and his men, are captured in Bolivia.

1968 - Operation Sealords begins, with United States and South Vietnamese forces launching a new operation in the Mekong Delta.

1978 - Australia's Ken Warby, sets the current world water speed record at 317.60 mph at Blowering Dam in his native country.

2001 - United States President George W. Bush, announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.

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