9th October 1967
Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Argentine Marxist revolutionary leader, dies. 50 years
12th October 1492
Sailor aboard La Pinta, Rodrigo de Triana, first sights America at 2 AM. 525 years.
14th October 1962
The Cuban Missile Crisis begins. 55 years
15th October 1917
Mata Hari, exotic dancer and courtesan found guilty of espionage, is executed in France. 100 years.
16th October 1892
Adolf Ziegler, major painter for the Nazi Party, is born. 125 years.
17th October 1932
Sylvia Plath, American poet, novelist, and short story writer, was born. 85 years.
18th October 1922
The British Broadcasting Company, as the BBC was originally called, was formed by a group of leading wireless manufacturers including Marconi. 95 years
19th October 1882
Umberto Boccioni, Italian Futurist artist and sculptor, was born. 135 years.
19th October 1862
Auguste Marie Louis Nicolas Lumière, together with his brother, first film-maker in history, was born. 155 years.
20th October 1882
Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó, better known as Bela Lugosi, Hungarian-American actor, famous for portraying Count Dracula in the original 1931 film, was born. 135 years.
24th October 1917
WWI - Second Battle of the Aisne ended. 100 years.
24th October 1917
The October Revolution (November in Gregorian calendar): Bolshevik Red Guards forces under the Military Revolutionary Committee began the takeover of government building. 100 years.
24th October 1922
George Cadbury, third son of John Cadbury, a Quaker who founded Cadbury's cocoa and chocolate company in Britain, died. 95 years.
24th October 1957
Christian Dior, French fashion designer and inventor of the "New Look", died. 60 years.
24th October 1972
Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson, the first African American to play in the major leagues in the modern era, died. 45 years.
28th October 1697
Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto, Italian painter of vedute of Venice, was born. 320 years.
28th October 1962
The Cuban Missile Crisis ends. 55 years
31st October 1517
Martin Luther's Ninety Five Theses begin the Protestant Reformation. 500 years.
31st October 1632
Johannes, Jan or Johan Vermeer, Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life, was born. 385 years.
November 1972
The Wind in the Wires by John Edwards - Buff Films won the first year of The Grierson Award trophy. 45 years.

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