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October 21, 1858

On October 21, 1858, the Can-Can, a fast, highly suggestive dance with lots of leg kicks was performed for the first time in Paris, France. On a side note, on this same day in 1984, the Can’t-Can’t was performed for … Continue reading

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October 20, 1982

On October 20, 1982, Billy Martin was fired as the manager/head coach of the Oakland A’s. Sports writers commented that Mr. Martin had now been fired six times as the manager by five different baseball teams. They remarked that it … Continue reading

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October 19, 1,450,000,002 BCE

On October 19, 1,450,000,002 BCE, the first single cell organism evolved a mitochondria. The rest of the single cell organisms sniffed and one of them, Steve, said, “Isn’t that just like Sharon, always trying something new. SHE claims it will … Continue reading

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October 18, 2000

On October 18, 2000, lead singer Zach de la Rocha announced that he was leaving the band “Rage Against the Machine”. When asked why, it was reported that he said, “Since I turned 30 this year, I just don’t feel … Continue reading

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October 17, 1871

On October 17, 1871, US President Ulysses S. Grant suspended habeas corpus in parts of South Carolina during the prosecution of the Ku Klux Klan. Many ignorant people of that time, and also 130 years later, complained and said that … Continue reading

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October 16, 1987

On October 16, 1987, toddler Jessica McClure was rescued from an abandoned well she had fallen into in Midland, Texas. The little girl had been trapped for 58 hours. When Lassie was contacted and asked why she didn’t help, all … Continue reading

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October 15, 1991

On October 15, 1991, astronomers and scientists detected an astonishing event at the Fly’s Eye camera at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. They detected the “Oh-My-God” particle, which was an ultra-high-energy cosmic ray and at the time was the … Continue reading

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October 14, 1982

On October 14, 1982, US President Ronald Reagan proclaimed a “War on Drugs”. He pushed the narrative that harsher prison sentences would decrease the usage of illegal drugs in America. He and his fellow Republicans also pushed removing the safety … Continue reading

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October 13, 54 CE

On October 13, 54 CE, Roman emperor, Claudius, died from poisoning under mysterious circumstances. During this time of the Roman Empire, an emperor dying of old age in bed would have been the only mystery. It was normal for the … Continue reading

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October 12, 1859

On October 12, 1859, the self-proclaimed Emperor of the United States, Emperor Norton, issued an edict from his home in San Francisco that abolished the US Congress. One hundred and sixty years later, US President Donald Trump learned of Emperor … Continue reading

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