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October 1 1955 "Honeymooners" premieres
October 2 1950 "Peanuts," created by Charles M. Schulz, was first published
October 3 1990 East Germany & West Germany merge to become Germany
October 4 1970 Janis Joplin, 27, was found dead in her Hollywood hotel room
October 5 1970 Members of the Front de liberation du Quebec kidnapped British trade commissioner James Cross
October 6 1886 Start of the Sherlock Holmes adventure "The Resident Patient"
October 7 1849 Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore at age 40
October 8 1904 Edmonton was incorporated as a city
October 9 1967 Che Guevara executed in Bolivia
October 10 1846 Neptune's moon Triton discovered by William Lassell
October 11 1862 Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, was launched
October 12 1935 Birth of Luciano Pavarotti
October 13 54 Death of Claudius I
October 14 1066 The Normans under William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings
October 15 1917 Mata Hari, a Dutch dancer who had spied for the Germans, was executed by a French firing squad outside Paris
October 16 1984 Desmond Tutu, black Anglican Bishop, wins the Nobel Peace Prize
October 17 1888 John A. Macdonald was sworn in as prime minister for the second time
October 18 1919 Pierre Elliott Trudeau was born in Montreal
October 19 1957 Maurice (Rocket) Richard of the Montreal Canadiens became the first National Hockey League player to score 500 career goals
October 20 1632 Birth of Sir Christopher Wren
October 21 1520 Magellan entered the strait which bears his name
October 22 1844 The birth of Louis Riel
October 23 1959 Birth of "Weird Al" Yankovic
October 24 1929 "Black Thursday," beginning of stock market crash
October 25 1924 1st appearance of Little Orphan Annie comic strip
October 26 1825 The Erie Canal opened in upstate New York, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River
October 27 1998 The National Post newspaper was launched in Toronto
October 28 1922 Benito Mussolini takes control of Italy's government
October 29 1889 Stanley Park dedicated in Vancouver, BC
October 30 1938 "The War of the Worlds," starring Orson Welles, aired on CBS
October 31 1926 Death of magician Harry Houdini

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