7 OCTOBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Niels Bohr, 1885
  • Heinrich Himmler, 1900
  • Andy Devine, 1905
  • Sarah Churchill, 1914
  • Alfred Drake, 1914
  • June Allyson, 1923
  • R. D. Laing, 1927
  • Al Martino, 1927
  • Rev. Desmond Tutu, 1931
  • Leroi Jones (Imamu Baraka), 1934
  • Thomas Keneally, 1935
  • Clive James, 1939
  • Oliver North, 1943
  • Kevin Godley, 1945
  • John Cougar Mellencamp, 1951
  • Vladimir Putin, 1952
  • Yo-Yo Ma, 1955
  • Simon Cowell, 1959
  • Toni Braxton, 1967

Died On This Day:

  • Saint/Pope Marcus, AD 336
  • Edgar Allan Poe, 1849
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1894
  • Marie Lloyd, 1922
  • Christy Mathewson, 1925
  • Radclyffe Hall, 1943
  • Clarence Birdseye, 1956
  • Mario Lanza, 1959
  • Billy Daniels, 1988
  • Leo Durocher, 1991
  • Agnes de Mille, 1993
  • Herblock (Herbert Block) , 2001

Today's Events:

  • 1571 - Battle of Lepanto. Don John of Austria victorious over Turks on Greek coast; Cervantes wounded
  • 1777 - Battle of Saratoga begins; British defeated, surrender to Gen. Horatio Gates.
  • 1805 - Lewis and Clark expedition reaches mouth of the Columbia River in what is now Oregon.
  • 1870 - Leon Gambetta escapes by balloon from besieged Paris to continue war with Prussia.
  • 1944 - Crematorium IV blown up by Jewish rebels at Auschwitz; 600 of the Sonderkommandos were rounded up and shot.
  • 1949 - German Democratic Republic founded.
  • 1950 - U.S. troops invade North Korea across 38th parallel under Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Korean War.
  • 1955 - Allen Ginsberg, Kenneth Rexroth and 4 other poets meet in SF garage; beat generation is born.
  • 1959 - Far side of the moon photographed for the first time by Russian spacecraft Lunik III.
  • 1975 - U.S. Military academies go coed.
  • 1985 - Cruise ship Achille Lauro hijacked by terrorists who murder tourist Leon Klinghoffer.
  • 1993 - Toni Morrison becomes first Black woman to receive Nobel Prize for literature.
  • 2001 - Barry Bonds hits 73rd home run of the season beating Mark McGwire's 4 year old record of 70.
  • 2001 - 16:25GMT - US and British forces begin attack on Afghanistan in retaliation for terrorist atrocities.
  • 2003 - California election recalls Governor Gray Davis and elects Arnold Schwartzennegger.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Osyth
  • Justina

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • CHUSOK (Korea) on day of full moon of eighth lunar month.
  • DURGA-PUJA (Hindu festival of Goddess Durga)
  • PITRA PASKSHA and AMAVASYA, Hindu Feast of the Dead.
  • LAKSHMI PUJA, Hindu Festival of the Goddess of Fortune
  • CHUNG CHI'U CHIEH (Chinese mid-autumn festival) 15th day of 8th lunar month.
  • DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
  • BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
  • RAMADAN, Muslim holy month
  • CHILD HEALTH DAY - first Monday in October in USA
  • COLUMBUS DAY - first Monday in October
  • DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS - last Sunday in October set clocks back
  • MOTHER-IN-LAW DAY - celebrated fourth Sunday in October in US
  • NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY - second Sunday in October in USA
  • THANKSGIVING DAY IN CANADA - second Monday in October

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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