This Week in History


October 4

John Efrati was born.


1957 - The Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, into orbit around the Earth, ushering in the Space Age and Space Race.

1970 - Rock singer Janis Joplin was found dead of a drug overdose at age 27.


October 5

Blake Bakal was born.


1962 - The Beatles released their first hit, "Love Me Do," in Britain.

2001 - Barry Bonds broke Mark McGwire's record of 71 home runs in one season when he hit his 71st and 72nd homers.


October 6

Tommy Nestor was born.


1927 - "The Jazz Singer," the first full-length talking picture, starring Al Jolson, debuted.

1973 - The Yom Kippur War began when Syria and Egypt attacked Israel.


October 7

Kaitlin McVeigh was born.

Leo Fahey was born.


1849 - Poet-writer Edgar Allan Poe died at age 40.

2003 - California governor Gray Davis was recalled and former bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected in his place.


October 8

John McCann was born.

John McFadden was born.

Kenny Pena was born.


1956 - Don Larsen of the New York Yankees pitched the first and only perfect game in a World Series.

2004 - Martha Stewart began her prison sentence at Alderson Federal Prison Camp.


October 9

1888 - For the first time, the public was admitted to the Washington Monument.

1930 - Aviator Laura Ingalls became the first woman to make a solo transcontinental flight across the United States.


October 10

Linda Peavey was born.

Lauren O’Connor was born.


1886 - The tuxedo dinner jacket made its debut at a ball in Tuxedo Park, N.Y.

1973 - Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with tax evasion.