Tom Clancy wrote his 1st book 'The Hunt for Red October' in 1982 and hoped to sell 5,000 copies but ended up selling 45,000 copies. The book received praised from Ronald Reagan leading to a further 300,000 hardcover & 2 million paperback copies sold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
NASA has a date of October 2024 for the first woman landing on the moon, as well as the first person on the moon in 52 years. The mission is called Artemis III, after Apollo's twin sister. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Today I learned of Nedelin catastrophe. it was a launchpad accident that occurred on 24 October 1960 at Baikonur test range. explosion occurred when the second stage engine ignited accidentally, killing an unknown number (54-300) of personnel. the incident was covered up for 29 years, only to recognized in '89. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned…
In October 2015 a team from Stanford University built a self-driving Delorean, which they programmed to constantly perform doughnuts on a test track ripleys.com/weird-news/do…
Marine Cpl. John H. Pruitt was posthumously awarded both the Army and Navy Medal of Honor for capturing two machine guns and 40 Germans on October 3, 1918. He was killed the next dayβ€”his 22nd birthdayβ€”by an artillery shell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The oldest surviving videotape is of a CBS live program broadcast from October 13, 1957 eyesofageneration.com/oct…
"Mine That Bird" on the 2009 Kentecky Derby with 50-1 0dds. Canadian trainer David Cotey purchased Mine That Bird for $9,500 from the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October Yearling Sale. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
In 1999, spanning from June 21 to October 25, Reigning world chess champion Garry Kasparov played and won against The World Team, a team compromising of 50,000 players in over 75 different countries via the Internet. The game lasted for 62 moves and each player had 24 hours to make a move. theguardian.com/world/gar…
In October 1923, Germany experienced a 29,500% hyperinflation (roughly 21% interest per day). The hyperinflation in October 1923 produced banknote denominations of 100 trillion Mark. At the end of the hyperinflation, these notes were worth approximately Β£5 sterling or $24 USD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption opened on the same date of October 14, 1994. Both were nominated for seven Academy Awards, with Pulp Fiction winning for Best Original Screenplay. Both movies gained cult status in the following years, and are in the top ten in IMDb’s top 250 movies mauiwatch.com/2019/10/a-r…
October Sky is an anagram of Rocket Boys, the original name of the source memoir. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oct…
Back in October 2020, MGM revived American International, a classic brand of motion pictures from the mid-1950s till 1980 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
The calendar we currently use (the Gregorian) was implemented to more accurately time the feast of Easter. When first put into practice in Spain, it resulted in "Julian Thursday, 4 October 1582, being followed by Gregorian Friday, 15 October 1582." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
At Antarctica's Troll station, operated by Norway, during their summer (November to February), the time zone used is UTC+0, while during their winter (March to October), the clock is moved forward two hours, to UTC+2, which is Norwegian summer time mm.icann.org/pipermail/tz…
The New York Times was one of the last newspapers to adopt color photography, with the first color photograph on the front page appearing on October 16, 1997. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
During the filming of The Hunt for Red October (1990), while doing research aboard the fast attack sub Salt Lake City, actor Scott Glenn was treated with equal rank of her captain on the orders of the then Commander Thomas Fargo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
The ancient Greeks thought that Persephone spent her 1/3 of the year in the underworld between June and September, not the winter months. This is because crops in ancient Greece were planted in October, harvested in April, and threshed in May, unlike in more northern climates. sacred-texts.com/cla/gpr/…
Squirrels are a common cause of power outages in the USA. They pose a danger to electrical/power grids. The Squirrel Index shows the peak of squirrel electrical disruption is from May to June and October to November. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
In the early 1950s, the Soviet Union covertly backed the Neo-Nazi "Socialist Reich Party" to undermine the West German government. The party won up to 10% of votes in state elections before being banned by the Federal Constitutional Court in October 1952. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
The world record for the most number of non-stop push-ups is 10,507 by Minoru Yoshida of Japan, which was achieved in October 1980, no one has beat it since. recordholders.org/en/list…
Comedian Steve Smith (better known as Red Green of The Red Green Show) still performs as Red Green, with his most recent tour wrapping up in October of 2019. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
The first album released in CD format was Billy Joel’s β€œ52nd Street”, in October 1982 historyofinformation.com/…
On 18 October 1766, the people of Nottingham reacted to a food shortage by looting cheese wheels from merchants in what became known as the Great Cheese Riot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not…
In October 1977 30 Puerto Rican Nationalists occupied and took the Statue of Liberty hostage history.com/news/statue-o…
After Alaska was handed over to the United States from the Russians, Friday, October 6, 1867 was followed by Friday, October 18, 1867, due to the changeover from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dep…
The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday, October 2nd. This holiday was established by the United Nations General Assembly on June 15, 2007 and is still celebrated worldwide today to honor Gandhi's nonviolent movements.. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
The light atop a Hollywood record company building has been quietly blinking-out messages in Morse code since first being turned-on in 1956 --by Morse's own granddaughter. (The default message is one word, but it once revealed an album release date: β€œKaty Perry. Prism. October 22, 2013.") atlasobscura.com/places/c…
Ancient Egyptians built King Ramses II statue with precise accuracy to be illuminated by the Sun, a phenomenon that only occurs twice a year. Once on February 22nd for his coronation and again on October 22nd for his birthday. egyptindependent.com/sun-…
The so called "Valley of Death" is a real place located in the Crimean Peninsula and was named after the disastrous charge made by the British Light Brigade during the battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854 during the Crimean War. youtu.be/TgdnePMxPNE
The October Russian revolution actually occurred in November as the Russians did not change to the Julian calendar until the Soviet era en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oct…
In October 1958, Physicist William Higinbotham created what is thought to be the first video game. It was a very simple tennis game, similar to the classic 1970s video game Pong, and it was quite a hit at a Brookhaven National Laboratory open house. aps.org/publications/apsn…
In 2019, singer Mike Posner announced he would walk completely across the United States. On August 7, his walk was delayed a few weeks after he was bitten by a rattlesnake in Colorado and airlifted to a local hospital. He finished his walk across America on October 18, 2019. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
The Chehalis (Sts'Ailes) people of southwest Canada begin their count of months from the arrival of spawning chinook salmon (in Gregorian calendar October), and count 10 lunar months, leaving an uncounted period of around 70 days until the next chinook salmon run en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun…
First demonstration of modern anesthesia was on October 19, 1846. Before the advent of anesthetics, surgical operations were conducted with little or no pain relief. woodlibrarymuseum.org/his…
Cyprus became independent from the UK on August 16, 1960, but the Independence Day was moved to October 1, to avoid summer heat and tourist season en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In October 2005, there was a study to investigate whether the presence of clowns reduced anxiety in children undergoing anesthesia. It worked, but medical personnel resisted implementing clowns in operating rooms. It did encourage the use of distraction therapy, however. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
The Pony Express only lasted 18 months - from April 3, 1860 - October 26, 1861 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pon…
Russian β€œTotal Theater” peaked in 1920 with β€œThe Storming of the Winter Palace,” where thousands of ballet dancers, circus performers, and actorsβ€”plus tanks and a battle cruiserβ€”re-enacted the October Revolution for a crowd of 100,000 in St. Petersburg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Many courses in German Universities are actually offered in English, and international students don’t even have to meet the German language requirements to apply. In Germany undergraduate students don’t pay any tuition fees in all the public universities since October 2014 studyandgoabroad.com/hot-…
The Pony Express, a fast mail delivery service that became a legend in the Far West, only existed from April 1860 to October 1861. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pon…
Oktoberfest often has the majority of its days in September because the festival is usually 16 days long and its last day is traditionally on the 1st Sunday in October. In years where that day falls before October 3rd, it is extended to commemorate German Unity Day. rd.com/article/oktoberfes…
September, October, November, and December all have their names because the original Roman calendar only had 10 months, so for example October has "Octo" which means 8 in Latin theguardian.com/notesandq…
In October 1941 the Warsaw Ghetto (400,000 people walled in a 3.4 sq km area) curtailed a massive typhus epidemic after doctors held public lectures on the importance of personal hygiene, social distancing, and self-isolation if infected. advances.sciencemag.org/c…
The Battle of Lepanto took place on October 7, 1571 when a fleet of the Holy League inflicted a major defeat on the fleet of the Ottoman Empire. It was the last major engagement in the Western world to be fought almost entirely between rowing vessels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
October was originally the 8th month of the year in the first calendar of Romulus, which is why it uses the β€œocto” prefix. It retained its name after January and February were added later. wikipedia.org/wiki/Octobe…
Today I learned of Bruce Edwards Ivins. A microbiologist & employee of US Army, he mailed anonymous letters with Bacillus anthracis (anthrax) to members of Congress and media in September & October 2001, killing 5 persons and injuring 12 others. He committed suicide in 2008 to avoid capture by FBI. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
In Australia, from late August to late October(during their mating season), Magpies attack anything, including dogs and cats, that gets close to their territory/nest. It is known as β€œMagpie Swooping Season” environment.sa.gov.au/goo…
Today I learned of the Everleigh Club, a former brothel in Chicago, Illinois, that was in operation from 1900 to October 1911, would serve iced clam juice and a tablet of aspirin as a starter for breakfast, which began at 2:00 in the afternoon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
The Egyptian city, 6th of October, was named after the commencement of the 1973 Arab–Israeli War on 6 October 1973, the same date chosen as Egypt's Armed Forces Day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6th…
Donnie Darko was filmed in 28 days which, coincidentally, virtually matches the time that transpired in the film. The movie took place between October 2nd, 1988 to the weekend party scene before Halloween on October 31st, 1988. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…

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