This Week in History


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.


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.


October 11

Paddy Tubz was born.

James Tubridy was born.

Marilyn Cowhey was born.

 1962 – The first session of Vatican II was convened by Pope John XXIII.

1984 – Space shuttle Challenger astronaut, Kathryn Sullivan, became the first American woman to walk in space.


October 12

Tommy Greene was born

Daniel Twomey was born.

 1492 – Columbus landed in present-day Bahamas.

2000 – 17 U.S. sailors killed with the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in Yemen.



1792 – The cornerstone of the White House was laid.

1943 – Italy declared war on Germany, its former Axis partner, during World War II.



Michael Benedetto was born.

Fernando Pires was born.

Claire Weisz was born.

 1947 – U.S. Air Force Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound.

1964 – Martin Luther King, Jr., was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in civil rights.