Category Archives: 20th Century

Historical Facts from 1901 to 2000 CE

October 13, 1967

On October 13, 1967, the brand, spanking new American Basketball Association played its first game in direct competition with the old, stodgy National Basketball League. Afros and goatees were allowed, even for the white players. To be fair, there were … Continue reading

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October 11, 1983

On October 11, 1983, technology caught up with Bryant Pond, Maine. On this date, the last of the hand-cranked telephones in the United States went out of service. The 440 telephone customers of Bryant Pond were switched to direct-dial. To … Continue reading

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October 10, 1969

On October 10, 1969, the “Jesus Christ Superstar” soundtrack album was recorded by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. “Jesus Christ Superstar” was a rock opera that was released in 1970 and debuted on Broadway in 1971. This album and … Continue reading

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October 9, 1989

On October 9, 1989, Tass, the official Soviet news agency reported that a shiny, globe-like UFO had been spotted at the city of Voronzh, in southwestern Russia. The report included that a trio of tall aliens with small heads had … Continue reading

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October 8, 1964

On October 8, 1964, Ringo Starr passed his English driving test at the age of 24. He said it became extremely easy once he realized you needed to be completely sober and drug free before you take the test.

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October 5, 1974

On October 5, 1974, American David Kunst completed the first independently verified walk around the world on foot. The journey included trekking across four continents (North America, Europe, Asia and Australia) and consisted of 14,450 miles. He wore through 21 … Continue reading

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October 2, 1967

On October 2, 1967, all six members of the Grateful Dead were arrested for possession of marijuana in San Francisco, California. The police entered without a warrant, because they knew that the band members of the Grateful Dead lived there, … Continue reading

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October 1, 1939

On October 1, 1939, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill made the comment that Russia was a “riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”. Russians where thankful and polite about Churchill’s flattery, but they wanted to know why people considered … Continue reading

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September 30, 1961

On September 30, 1961, Medford, Oregon Mayor, JW Snyder sent a check of $1.96 to the Davison and Newman Company for their share of the tea that was destroyed and thrown overboard in Boston in 1773. Davison and Newman Co., … Continue reading

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September 29, 1976

On September 29, 1976, on his 41st birthday and during his birthday party, a very drunk Jerry Lee Lewis tried to shoot a soda bottle with his .357 Magnum and missed. Instead, he hit his bass player, Norman “Butch” Owens, … Continue reading

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