- 1694 – British/American colonial forces, led by Sir William Phips, fail to seize Quebec from the French.
- 1850 – The first National Women’s Rights Convention begins in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.
- 1861 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus in Washington, D.C., for all military-related cases.
- 1915 – Women’s suffrage: In New York City, 25,000-33,000 women march on Fifth Avenue to advocate their right to vote.
- 1917 – Lenin calls for the October Revolution.
- 1929 – Great Depression: After a steady decline in stock market prices since a peak in September, the New York Stock Exchange begins to show signs of panic.
- 1958 – The Smurfs, a fictional race of blue dwarves, later popularized in a Hanna-Barbera animated cartoon series, appear for the first time in the story La flute à six schtroumpfs, a Johan and Peewit adventure by Peyo, which is serialized in the weekly Spirou magazine.
- 1970 – Gary Gabelich sets a land speed record in a rocket-powered automobile called the Blue Flame, fueled with natural gas.
- 1973 – The Watergate scandal: US President Richard M. Nixon agrees to turn over subpoenaed audio tapes of his Oval Office conversations.
- 1998 – Israeli–Palestinian conflict: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a “land for peace” agreement.
- 2012 – After 38 years, the world’s first teletext service (BBC‘s Ceefax) ceases broadcast due to Northern Ireland completing the digital switchover.
Let’s get to today’s Headlines Du Jour
LIFE IS LIKE EBOLA CHERRIES:
TODAY IN WHITE PRIVILEGE:
GLAD WE’RE LIVING IN A POST RACIAL SOCIETY:
GUNS, GUNS, GUNS:
Bonus Video Du Jour:
Deinocheirus mirificus, or ‘unusual horrible hand’, had long, clawed forearms, a sail on its back and a duck-like bill
The Warped Astrophysics of Interstellar