On This Day

What Happened on October 1

Important Events

  • 331 BC Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela
  • 1688 Prince Willem III of Orange accepts invitation of take up the British crown
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October 1 in Film & TV

  • 1968 Cult zombie film "Night of the Living Dead" directed by George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones and Judith O'Dea premieres in Pittsburgh

October 1 in Music

  • 1982 Marvin Gaye releases his last studio album "Midnight Love" featuring single "Sexual Healing"

October 1 in Sport

  • 1950 Connie Mack's last game as Philadelphia Athletics manager (1901-50); longest serving manager in MLB history; beat Washington Senators, 5-3 at Shribe Park
  • 1975 "The Thrilla in Manila"; Muhammad Ali stops Joe Frazier in 14 rounds in Quezon City, the Philippines to retain his WBC/WBA heavyweight title

Did You Know?

National Geographic magazine publishes for the 1st time

On October 1, 1888

Would You Believe?

Winston Churchill calls Russia a "riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma"

On October 1, 1939

Famous Weddings

  • 1791 Prince Willem Frederick (later King of Netherlands) marries his cousin princess Frederica Louise Wilhelmine of Prussia
  • 1884 Politician William Jennings Bryan (24) weds Mary sweetheart Elizabeth Baird
  • 1913 Writer and poet Vita Sackville-West (21) marries diplomat Harold Nicolson (26)
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