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
20th October 1893
Charley Chase, American actor, director, and screenwriter, was born. 125 years.
20th October 1968
Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. 50 years.
22nd October 1943
Catherine Deneuve, French actress and singer, was born. 75 years.
24th October 1938
Ernst Barlach, German expressionist sculptor, died. 80 years.
25th October 1938
The Archbishop of Dubuque denounced swing music as "a degenerated musical system that gnaw away the moral fibre of young people" and a "primrose path to hell". 80 years.
27th October 1923
Roy Fox Lichtenstein, American pop artist that along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist became a leading figure in the new art movement, was born. 95 years.
28th October 1958
Angelo Roncalli was elected Pope John XXIII. 60 Years.
29th October 1618
Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England. 400 years.

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