On This Day

Historical Events on October 1 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 357 of 357

  • 1964 WWAY TV channel 3 in Wilmington, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1965 Failed coup under lt col Untung in Indonesia
  • 1965 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
  • 1966 Newspaper magnate Thomson purchases "The Times"
  • 1966 WAEO (now WJFW) TV channel 12 in Rhinelander, WI (NBC) begins
  • 1966 West Coast Airlines Flight 956 crashes with eighteen fatal injuries and no survivors 5.5 miles south of Wemme, Oregon. This accident marks the first loss of a DC-9.
  • 1967 KBFI (now KDAF) TV channel 33 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (IND) begins

Music History

1967 Pink Floyd arrive in New York for their first US tour

Sports History

1967 Richard Petty continues phenomenal NASCAR winning streak by taking the Wilkes 400 at North Wilkesboro Speedway; unprecedented 10th consecutive victory

Film Premier

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

  • 1968 The Guyanese government takes over the British Guiana Broadcasting Service (BGBS).
  • 1969 Concorde 001 test flight breaks sound barrier
  • 1969 Guernsey & Jersey begin issuing their own postage stamps
  • 1969 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1970 63 arrested in riot to buy Rolling Stone tickets in Milan, Italy
  • 1970 Phillies beat Montreal Expos, 2-1 in final game played at Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia; fans swarm onto field and destroy it after the game
  • 1970 Final game played at Philadelphia's Connie Mack Stadium, Phillies win over Montreal Expos, 2–1
  • 1971 Joseph Luns becomes secretary-general of NATO
  • 1971 Walt Disney World opens in Bay Lake, Florida
  • 1972 "Don't Play Us Cheap" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 164 performances
  • 1972 New York City Marathon: men's event won by Sheldon Karlin in 2:27:52; Nina Kuscsik wins women's race in 3:08:41

Sports History

1973 Future Baseball Hall of Fame player and manager Leo Durocher ends his 45 year career in the sport when he resigns as Houston Astros manager

  • 1973 USSR-West Germany gas tunnel opens
  • 1974 Watergate cover-up trial opens in Washington, D.C.
  • 1974 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in director Tobe Hooper's hometown, Austin, Texas in the US

Historic Event

1974 US Computer scientist Gary Kildall presents the prototype of his CP/M operating system in his backyard toolshed

  • 1975 Britain grants internal self-government to Seychelles
  • 1975 Ellice Islands split from Gilbert Islands, take name "Tuvalu"

Boxing Title Fight

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

  • 1975 Reunion Island stops printing stamps, France takes over production
  • 1976 1st Dutch casino opens

Sports History

1977 Brazilian soccer great Pelé plays his final game for the New York Cosmos in an exhibition against Santos in front of 75,000 at Giants Stadium; 1,281 goals in 1,363 games

  • 1977 US Department of Energy established

Hall of Fame

1977 Elton John honored by Madison Square Garden's MSG Hall of Fame

  • 1977 New York Yankees end MLB season with 100-62 record; win 2nd consecutive AL East title; go on the win World Series 4-2 v LA Dodgers
  • 1978 Comoros adopts constitution
  • 1978 Tuvalu (formerly Ellice Islands) declares independence from UK
  • 1978 The Voltaic Revolutionary Communist Party is founded.
  • 1979 Nigeria adopts constitution, Alhaji Shagari becomes president
  • 1979 Pope John Paul II begins his first papal visit to the USA in Boston
  • 1979 RKO radio network begins operation
  • 1979 US returns Canal Zone (but not the canal) to Panama after 75 years
  • 1979 Shehu Shagari becomes first and only President of Nigeria's Second Republic
  • 1980 Cosmonauts Ryumin & Popov break space endurance record of 176 days
  • 1981 J Chodorov/N Panama's "Talent for Murder" premieres in London
  • 1981 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya

Historic Event

1981 US's largest private investment bank Salomon Brothers sold to commodities trader Phibro Corporation for $483 million

  • 1982 EPCOT Center opens in Orlando, Florida
  • 1982 USSR performs underground nuclear test

Historic Event

1982 West Germany's Christian Democrat Union ousts Helmut Schmidt as Chancellor, replacing him with Helmut Kohl

  • 1982 The Sony CDP-101, world's first commercially released Compact Disc player released in Japan for 168,000 yen ($730)

Album Release

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

  • 1983 Denise Wallace, 18, of Virginia, crowned Miss Teen of America
  • 1984 Gary Trudeau's Doonesbury comic strip resumes after 2-year hiatus

Sports History

1984 Peter Ueberroth replaces Bowie Kuhn as 6th commissioner of Major League Baseball; he has a 4 year tenure

  • 1985 Israeli air raid on PLO-headquarter at Tunis, 68 killed
  • 1986 President Carter's presidential library/museum dedicated in Atlanta
  • 1986 New Zealand's Labour Government introduces a Goods and Services Tax (GST), adding 10% to the cost of most goods and services

Historic Publication

1986 Canadian children's author Robert Munsch publishes "Love You Forever"

  • 1987 "Roza" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 1987 6 killed by an earthquake measuring 6.1 in LA
  • 1987 Fiji's constitution is suspended
  • 1987 The Whittier Narrows earthquake shook the San Gabriel Valley, registering as a magnitude 5.9.
  • 1988 Bradley Center in Milwaukee opens with an exhibition hockey game between Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers; construction cost $90 million; closed 2018
  • 1988 Lowest batting avg for NL champion (Tony Gwynn .313)

Historic Event

1988 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, effectively head of state of the Soviet Union

  • 1988 Flamboyant American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner wins her third gold medal of the Seoul Olympics anchoring the victorious US 4 x 100m relay team
  • 1988 The Soviet women's 4 x 400m relay team runs world record 3:15.17 to beat a star-studded US team and win the Olympic gold medal in Seoul; Tatyana Ledovskaya, Olga Nazarova, Mariya Pinigina & Olga Bryzgina
  • 1988 The inaugural Olympic table tennis program concludes in Seoul with China and South Korea each winning 2 titles

Olympic Gold

1988 Steffi Graf beats Gabriela Sabatini 6-3, 6-3 to win the women's singles tennis gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; clinches first and only Golden Slam in history (Grand Slam & Olympics)

  • 1988 Yuri Savichev scores in extra time as the Soviet Union beats Brazil 2-1 to win the men's football gold medal at the Seoul Olympics
  • 1988 Canadian synchronised swimmer Carolyn Waldo teams with Michelle Cameron to win the duet gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; wraps up double having won individual title
  • 1989 Dallas Cowboy defensive end, Ed "Too Tall" Jones records his 1,000th NFL tackle in a 30-13 defeat to the New York Giants at Texas Stadium
  • 1989 Thousands of East Germans flee to West Germany
  • 1989 US Post Office issues a stamp labeling an apatosaurus as a brontosaurus

Sports History

1989 MLB batting titles are decided on final day of regular season: AL, Kirby Puckett goes 2-for-5 edges Carney Lansford .339 to .336; NL, Tony Gwynn's 3-for-4 beats Will Clark .336 to .333

Historic Publication

1989 Danielle Steel’s novel “Daddy” is published

Historic Event

1989 US Army General Colin Powell becomes youngest Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation's highest military position, at 52

  • 1990 10,000 Uganda RPF rebels move into Rwanda
  • 1990 Meteorite explodes above Pacific Ocean

Historic Event

1990 US President George H. W. Bush at UN, condemns Iraq's takeover of Kuwait

Historic Event

1990 Serbs in Croatia proclaim autonomy

Historic Event

1990 Saddam Hussein says he may be willing to negotiate the occupation of Kuwait and would consider foreign participation in negotiations

  • 1991 Howard Stern adds Baltimore to his radio network (WJFK-AM)
  • 1991 New Zealand's Resource Management Act 1991 commences.
  • 1991 Soviet Union suspends petroleum product exports as its fuel shortages grow
  • 1992 "Oba Oba '93" opens at Marquis Theater, NYC; runs for 22 performances
  • 1992 Cartoon Cable Network premieres
  • 1992 Greater Pittsburgh International Airport opens

Historic Event

1992 Ross Perot re-enters US presidential race

  • 1992 Gil Stein officially becomes only the 5th president in the NHL's 75 year history; serves for just one year before the title changed to “commissioner”

Boxing Title Fight

1993 In his first World Boxing Council heavyweight title defence Lennox Lewis beats fellow Londoner Frank Bruno by TKO in 7 at the National Stadium in Cardiff, Wales

  • 1994 NHL owners begin lockout of players lasting 103 days; season shortened to 48 games instead of 84; players seek collective bargaining and owners a salary cap

Sports History

1994 Australian cricket batsman David Boon scores 114 during 1 wicket, 1st Test defeat v Pakistan in Karachi; his 19th Test century

  • 1994 Stanley Betrian sworn in as leader of Curacao

Farm Aid Concert

1995 Farm Aid VIII held in Louisville, Kentucky; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Hootie and the Blowfish, Dave Matthews Band, John Conlee, and Steve Earle

  • 1995 Bermuda begins using new area code 441
  • 1995 Cleveland Indians end MLB season at 100-44 to set record 30 game margin over 2nd place Kansas City Royals in AL Central final standings
  • 1995 Mike Mussina tosses Baltimore Oriole's 5th consecutive MLB shutout in season ending, 4-0 victory over Detroit Tigers
  • 1995 NY Yankees (AL) and Colorado Rockies (NL) become first wild-card teams in new MLB playoff system; Rox are first team to reach postseason before 7th year; post best ever record for a 3rd-year team, 10 games over .500 (77-67)
  • 1995 In the 5th game of the season, Jacksonville Jaguars celebrate first-ever NFL regular season win with a 17-16 victory over the Houston Oilers at the Astrodome

Sports History

1995 German Benetton driver Michael Schumacher wins the Pacific Grand Prix at the TI Circuit in Aida, Japan to clinch his 2nd straight Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

Historic Event

1996 Following the Port Arthur Massacre, John Howard's Australian government starts a gun buy back scheme. Compulsorily acquires more than 640,000 firearms, including many newly illegal semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.

  • 1997 Carolina Hurricanes lose franchise's debut NHL game, 4-2 v Tampa Bay Lightning at the Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida
  • 1997 Spice Hot premieres on cable
  • 1997 Minnesota Timberwolves NBA forward Kevin Garnett, just 2 years out of high school, signs a record 6-year, $123 million contract extension
  • 1997 Zimbabwe and New Zealand tie their One Day International cricket match in Bulawayo; Black Cap tail-ender Gavin Larson is run out on last ball at 9/233 amidst crowd surging onto field; 13th ODI tie
  • 1997 Nebraska head football coach Tom Osborne records his 250th NCAA career victory with a 67-7 drubbing of Oklahoma; Osborne, in his 25th season, reaches milestone faster than anyone (301 games)

Historic Event

1998 Vladimir Putin became a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

  • 1998 LA's Mauricio Cienfuegos and Martin Machon equal the MLS playoff record of 3 assists each as the Galaxy roll to a 6-1 win over the Dallas Burn at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
  • 1999 In a blockbuster NBA trade, the Houston Rockets move All Star forward Scotty Pippen to Portland Trail Blazers for Kelvin Cato, Stacey Augmon, Walt Williams, Carlos Rogers, Ed Gray and Brian Shaw
  • 1999 Sourav Ganguly smashes 11 fours and 5 sixes for a blistering 139 as India (277/6) dominates Zimbabwe (170) in the 6th cricket LG Cup ODI in Nairobi

Sports History

1999 Edmonton Oilers retire Wayne Gretzky's #99 in a pre-game ceremony before a 1-1 tie v NY Rangers, the last team for which 'The Great One' suited up in an NHL game

  • 2000 Juan Antonio Samaranch, President of the IOC declares the XXVII Olympics in Sydney, Australia the "best Olympic Games ever" at the closing ceremony
  • 2000 United States wins the most medals (97), and the most gold medals (40) in Summer Olympics held in Sydney, Australia
  • 2000 German canoeist Birgit Fischer teams with Katrin Wagner to win the K2 500m gold medal at the Sydney Olympics; becomes first woman to win 2 or more medals at 4 Summer Olympics; only 4th woman to win 7 career gold
  • 2000 An all-African podium for the men's marathon at the Sydney Olympics as Gezahegne Abera of Ethiopia runs 2:10:11 for the gold medal, 0.20s ahead of Kenyan Erick Wainaina with bronze to Ethiopian Tesfaye Tola
  • 2000 NBA stars Ray Allen and Vince Carter each score 13 points as the US beats France 85-75 to win the men's basketball gold medal at the Sydney Olympics
  • 2000 Cuban boxer Félix Savon wins his 3rd consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medal at the Sydney Games; easily beats Russian Sultan Ibragimov on points 21-13; retires after victory ceremony
  • 2000 Stephanie Cook of Great Britain scores 5,318 points to beat American Emily de Riel by just 8 points to win the inaugural Olympic women's modern pentathlon at the Sydney Games
  • 2000 Norwegian canoeist Knut Holmann beats Petar Merkov of Bulgaria for the second consecutive day to win the K-1 500m gold medal at the Sydney Olympics; beat Markov in K-1 1000m the previous day
  • 2002 Free agent center Wang Zhizhi, the first ever Chinese-born player in the NBA, signs a 3-year offer sheet with the Los Angeles Clippers; waived in 2003 and moves to Miami Heat

Baseball Record

2004 Seattle Mariners Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki gets his 258th hit of the season, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old MLB single-season record; Ichiro ends season on 262

  • 2005 Bombing kills 23 people in Bali.
  • 2006 Indra Nooyi becomes the new CEO of PepsiCo
  • 2007 Most of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 came into force in the United Kingdom.

Appointment of Interest

2011 Martin Dempsey is appointed US Joint Chiefs of Staff by President Obama

  • 2012 3 NATO soldiers and 16 Afghan police are killed by a suicide bombing in Khost, Afghanistan
  • 2012 36 people are killed in a ferry collision in Hong Kong
  • 2012 California becomes the first US state to ban conversion therapy for minors
  • 2013 A partial United States federal government shutdown occurs as a result of political disagreements over operational spending
  • 2014 41 children are killed by a suicide bombing on the Akrameh al-Makhzumi school in Homs, Syria
  • 2015 A gunman kills 8 students and a teacher at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon
  • 2015 Mudslide on the outskirts of Guatemala City leaves at least 131 dead and 300 missing
  • 2015 Cargo ship El Faro goes missing with 33 crew during Hurricane Joaquin near the Bahamas
  • 2015 NY Yankees record the 10,000th win in their illustrious history, and also clinch wild card slot; beat the Red Sox, 4-1, at a rainy New Yankee Stadium; NY bullpen ties MLB record with their 589th victim of the season

Important Vote

2017 Amid a deepening constitutional crisis, Catalonia holds an independence referendum on seceding from Spain

  • 2017 Stephen Paddock shoots dead 58 people, injuring 489, at a concert in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in American history

Sports History

2017 Former NFL star O.J. Simpson is released from Nevada's Lovelock Prison after less than 9 years of detention of his 33 year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping

  • 2017 Presidents Cup Golf, Liberty National GC: Dustin Johnson stars with 4.5 points as US routs International team, 19-11; 7th straight American victory
  • 2018 Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology awarded to James Allison and Tasuku Honjo for cancer treatment innovations
  • 2018 French photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, at the center of a Nobel prize sexual assault scandal, sentenced to two years in prison for rape
  • 2018 New trade deal announced between United States, Canada and Mexico (USMCA), replacing NAFTA
  • 2018 The United States, Mexico and Canada agree a new trade deal to replace NAFTA
  • 2018 More than 80,000 American died of the flu during 2017-2018 winter, highest in ten years, according to US heath officials
  • 2019 Political crisis in Peru as President Martín Vizcarra dissolves Congress over its refusal to support his anti-corruption reforms
  • 2019 China celebrates 70th anniversary of Communism with military parade in Beijing with 15,000 soldiers
  • 2019 Indian government bans the export of onions, an important food staple to control prices, causing shortages in Bangladesh and Nepal
  • 2019 Law allowing teachers to carry guns in schools comes into effect in US state of Florida
  • 2019 Former Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger found guilty of murdering her black neighbor in his apartment in landmark case on use of police force and racial bias

Film & TV History

2019 Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex sue British newspaper The Mail on Sunday claiming it published her private letter

Historic Event

2019 Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders taken to hospital after suffering a heart attack

  • 2020 US White House aide Hope Hicks tests positive for COVID-19
  • 2021 US COVID-19 death toll passes 700,000, with daily deaths averaging 1,900 a day [1]
  • 2021 Global COVID-19 death toll of recorded cases passes 5 million as the Delta variant continues to surge around the world [1]

Music Concert

2021 Rock singer David Lee Roth announces his retirement will follow a five-concert residency in Las Vegas in January 2022