October 1 1864: Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow drowns off the North Carolina coast when a Yankee craft runs her ship aground. She was returning from a trip to England.
October 2 1985: Actor Rock Hudson, 59, becomes the first major US celebrity to die of complications from AIDS. Hudson’s death raised awareness about the epidemic, which had been ignored as a “gay plague”.
October 2 1963: Hurricane Flora crashes into Haiti, killing thousands of people in Haiti, Cuba and the Caribbean.
October 3 1995: At the end of a sensational trial, former football star OJ Simpson is acquitted of the brutal 1994 double murder of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
October 4 1957: The Soviet Union inaugurates the “Space Age” with its launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite.
October 4 1960: Singer Janis Joplin dies of a heroin overdose.
October 5 2011: Steve Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple Inc., dies at 56 of complications from pancreatic cancer.
October 5 1989: The Dalai Lama is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
October 6 1847: Jane Eyre is published by Smith, Elder and Co. Charlotte Bronte, the author, used the pseudonym Currer Bell.
October 6 1991: Actress Elizabeth Taylor marries husband No. 7.
October 6 1973: Yom Kippur War begins. Hoping to win back territory lost to Israel during the third Arab-Israeli war, Egyptian and Syrian forces launch a coordinated attack against Israel on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.
October 7 2001: A US-led coalition begins attacks on Taliban-controlled Afghanistan with an intense bombing campaign by American and British forces.
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