3rd October 1896
William Morris, English textile designer and artist, dies. 120 years.
3rd October 1916
James Alfred "Alf" Wight, OBE, FRCVS, known by the pen name James Herriot, British veterinary surgeon and writer, was born. 100 years.
5th October 1917
Jarrow March: 200 men marched from Jarrow to Westminster to draw attention to unemployment. 80 years.
8th October 1941
Jesse Jackson, American civil rights activist and Baptist minister, is born. 75 years.
10th October 1901
Alberto Giacometti, Italian Swiss sculptor, painter and printmaker, was born. 115 years.
13th October 1921
Yves Montand, Italian-born French actor and singer, was born. 95 years.
14th October 1066
Battle of Hastings: Norman forces of William the Conqueror defeated the English army and killed king Harold II of England. 950 years.
14th October 1926
The children's book Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne, is first published. 90 years.
15th October 1946
Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, committed suicide. 70 years.
15th October 1836
Jacques Joseph Tissot, Anglicized as James Tissot, was born. 180 years.
16th October 1946
Nuremberg trials: Execution of the convicted Nazi leaders of the Main Trial. 70 years.
18th October 1926
Klaus Kinski, famous German actor, is born. 80 years.
19th October 1216
John King of England, also known as John Lackland, died. 800 years.
19th October 1936
Lu Xun, Chinese writer, commonly considered the greatest in 20th-century Chinese literature, dies. 80 years.
25th October 1881
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright, was born. 135 years.
27th October 1936
Mrs Wallis Simpson files for divorce which would eventually allow her to marry King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom, thus forcing his abdication from the throne. 80 years.
29th October 1956
Beginning of the Suez Crisis which ran until 7th November. 60 years.
31st October 1926
Harry Houdini, Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts, dies. 90 years.
31st October 1941
Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota was completed. 75 years.
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