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    1066 William of Normandy defeats King Harold in the Battle of Hastings.
    1651 Laws are passed in Massachusetts forbidding the poor to adopt excessive styles of dress.
    1705 The English Navy captures Barcelona in Spain.
    1773 Britain's East India Company tea ships' cargo is burned at Annapolis, Md.
    1806 Napoleon Bonaparte crushes the Prussian army at Jena, Germany.
    1832 Blackfeet Indians attack American Fur Company trappers near Montana's Jefferson River, killing one.
    1884 Transparent paper-strip photographic film is patented by George Eastman.
    1912 Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt is shot and wounded in assassination attempt in Milwaukee. He was saved by the papers in his breast pocket and, though wounded, insisted on finishing his speech.
    1917 Mata Hari, a Paris dancer, is executed by the French after being convicted of passing military secrets to the Germans.
    1930 Singer Ethel Merman stuns the audience when she holds a high C for sixteen bars while singing "I Got Rhythm" during her Broadway debut in Gershwin's Girl Crazy.
    1933 The Geneva disarmament conference breaks up as Germany proclaims withdrawal from the disarmament initiative, as well as from the League of Nations, effective October 23. This begins German policy of independent action in foreign affairs.
    1944 German Field Marshal Rommel, suspected of complicity in the July 20th plot against Hitler, is visited at home by two of Hitler's staff and given the choice of public trial or suicide by poison. He chooses suicide and it is announced that he died of wounds.
    1947 Test pilot Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier aboard a Bell X-1 rocket plane.
    1950 Chinese Communist Forces begin to infiltrate the North Korean Army.
    1964 Rev. Martin Luther King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advocating a policy of non-violence.

    Born on October 14
    1644 William Penn, English Quaker leader and founder of Pennsylvania.
    1888 Katherine Mansfield, short story writer.
    1890 Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th U.S. President (1953-1961).
    1894 e.e. cummings, American poet.
    1896 Lilian Gish, Film actress, "The First Lady of the Silent Screen."
    1905 Eugene Fodor, Hungarian-born travel writer.
    1916 C. Everett Koop, U.S. Surgeon General.
    1926 Son Thomas, blues guitarist and singer.

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    1843 - Early settler and inventor Ole Ringness was born in Norway. He was the first mail carrier in Bosque County. One of his original disc plows is kept in the Texas Memorial Museum in Austin.

    1890 - Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was born in Denison, TX. He became the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in World War II and eventually the 34th U.S. President.

    1936 - The first SSB (Social Security Board) office opened in Austin, TX. From this point, the Board's local office took over the assigning of Social Security Numbers.

    1987 - Jessica McClure, 18 months old, fell down an abandoned well in Midland, TX. The rescue took 58 hours.
    Personal note: I was driving by the Odessa football stadium a little after dark just as they announced the recovery of Jessica. The stadium lifted up off the ground and vibrated with the cheers.

    2010 - The Texas Rangers began the American League Championship Series for the first time in franchise history. The series was against the New York Yankees.
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