1st October 1977
Pelé closed out his career in an exhibition match between the Cosmos and Santos. 40 years
3rd October 1867
Pierre Bonnard, French painter and founding member of the Post-Impressionist group of avant-garde painters Les Nabis, was born. 150 years.
4th October 1957
Sputnik, world's first satellite, is launched by the Soviet Union. 60 years.
6th October 1847
Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre is published in London. 170 years.
6th October 1887
Le Corbusier, Swiss-born French architect and city planner, was born. 130 years.
6th October 1892
Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, one of the most popular British poets, died. 125 years.
7th October 1917
June Allyson, American stage, film, and television actress, dancer, and singer, was born. 100 years.
8th October 1967
Clement Richard Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee, former Prime Minister of the UK and Leader of the Labour Party, died. 50 years.
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.

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