4th October 1923
Charlton Heston, American actor and political activist, was born. 95 years.
5th October 1938
Germany invalidates Jews’ passports. 80 years.
5th October 1918
Roland Georges Garros, French soldier and pilot, died. 100 years.
6th October 1908
Carol Lombard, American comediennne and actress, was born. 110 years.
6th October 1888
Roland Garros, French aviator and WW1 fighter pilot, was born. 130 years.
7th October 1933
Air Orient, Air Union, Compagnie Générale Aéropostale, CIDNA and Société Générale des Transports Aériens, merged into Air France. 85 years.
9th October 1888
Washington Monument opens for public admittance. 130 years.
10th October 1963
Edith Piaf, singer and cultural icon, died. 55 years.
11th October 1963
Jean Cocteau, French artist, died. 55 years.
12th October 1933
Alcatraz Island is made a federal maximum security prison. 85 years.
13th October 1918
Robert Hudson Walker, American actor best known for his starring role in Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 thriller Strangers on a Train, was born. 100 years.
14th October 1888
Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand-born British short story writer, was born. 130 years.
15th October 1938
Brice Marden, American painter, was born. 80 years.
16th October 1793
Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, was guillotined at 12:15 p.m in Place de la Révolution, (present-day Place de la Concorde). 225 years.
16th October 1978
Karol Wojtyla is elected Pope John Paul II after the October 1978 Papal conclave, the first non-Italian pontiff since 1523. 40 years.
16th October 1998
Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a warrant from Spain requesting his extradition on murder charges. 20 years.
17th October 1918
Rita Hayworth, American actress, singer, dancer, and producer, was born. 100 years.
17th October 1928
Frank Dicksee, English painter and illustrator, died. 90 years.
20th October 1973
The Sydney Opera House, the multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, Australia and one of the 20th century's most famous and distinctive buildings was opened by Queen Elizabeth II. 45 years.
20th October 1818
The Convention of 1818 was signed between US and UK, which settled the Canada–US border on the 49th parallel for most of its length. 200 years

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