Today in History - October 9th

  • 1000 - Today in history, Leif Ericson discovered "Vinland" (possibly New England).
  • 1290 - On this day in history, the last of 16,000 English Jews expelled by King Edward I, leaves.
  • 1635 - Religious dissident Roger Williams was banished from Mass Bay Colony.
  • 1701 - Collegiate School of CT (Yale University), was chartered in New Haven.
  • 1837 - Meeting at the U.S. Naval Academy established the U.S. Naval Institute, today in history.
  • 1864 - On this day in history, the Battle of Tom's Brook-Confederate Cavalry that harassed Sheridan's campaign was whipped by Custer & Merrit's Cavalry Divisions.
  • 1865 - Today in history, the first US underground pipeline for carrying oil was laid in Pennsylvania.
  • The Washington Monument

    The Washington Monument

  • 1888 - On this day in history, The Washington Monument opened for public admittance.
  • 1930 - Today in history, the first transcontinental flight by a woman --Laura Ingalls-- was completed.
  • 1944 - On this day in history, German occupier turned off electricity in Amsterdam.
  • 1959 - Today in history, Lee Harvey Oswald arrived in Southampton. Four years later, he would be accused of murdering Jack Kennedy, President of the USA.
  • 1961 - On this day in history, US members of Communist Party obliged to report themselves to Police.
  • 1974 - Today in history, race riot took place in Boston due to "busing."
  • 2001 - On this day in history, the second mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey, in the 2001 anthrax attack, happened.

SCIENCE, PATENTS, INVENTIONS - Today in History, October 9th

Hoover Dam
  • 1855 - Isaac Singer patented the sewing machine motor.
  • 1876 - The first 2-way telephone conversation happened, along with the first over outdoor wires.
  • 1936 - Today in history, Hoover Dam began transmitting electricity to LA.
  • 1947 - The first telephone telephone conversation between a moving car and a plane took place.
  • 1962 - Today in history, NASA civilian test pilot John B McKay took X-15 to 39,200m.
  • 1980 - On this day in history, the first consumer use of home banking by computer took place in  Knoxville, TN.
  • 1984 - Today in history, Kathy Sullivan became the first US woman to walk in space.
  • 2012 - Serge Haroche and David Wineland won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics for work on Quantum Optics.

CULTURE, LIFESTYLE - Today in History, October 9th

  • 1890 - Today in history was the start of Sherlock Holmes' adventure "Red-Headed League."
  • 1926 - NBC (National Broadcasting Corporation) formed.
  • 1946 - Today in history, the first electric blanket was manufactured; sold for $39.50.
  • 1946 - Eugene O'Neill's "Iceman Cometh," premiered in NYC.
  • 1947  --Julie Styne & Sam Cohn's musical "High Button Shoes" premiered in NYC for 727 performances, today in history.
  • 1965 - The Beatles' "Yesterday" single went #1 and stayed #1 for 4 weeks.
  • 1966 - The Rolling Stones first LP was recorded "Got Live if you Want It."
  • 1969 - The Supremes released "Someday We'll Be Together."
  • 1985 - Today in history, Central Park's Strawberry Fields was dedicated.
  • 1986 - On this day in history, "Phantom of the Opera" premiered in London.
  • 1989 - Penthouse Magazine's Hebrew edition first appeared on newsstands.

SPORTS - Today in History, October 9th

  • 1915 - On this day in history, Gil Anderson raced auto (165.1 km record) in Sheepshead Bay, NY.
  • 1915 - Woodrow Wilson became the first US President to attend a World Series game.
  • 1916 - Babe Ruth pitched & won the longest WS game (14 innings) 2-1.
  • 1921 - Babe Ruth hit the first World-Series homer; and the only Sunday game ever pitched by Carl Mays took place.
  • 1928 - On this day in history, The NY Yankees became the first to sweep consecutive World Series.
  • 1955 - Betty Jameson won the LPGA Richmond Golf Open.
  • 1977 - Another victory for women: Amy Alcott won LPGA Houston Exchange Club's Golf Classic.
  • 1989 - The first NFL game coached by an african american man (Art Shell) transpired, his LA Raiders won over the NY Jets 14-7 on Monday Night Football.