1st October 1988
Mikhail Gorbachev becomes president of the Soviet Union. 25 years.
3rd October 1838
Black Hawk, Leader of the Sauk Native American tribe, dies. 175 years.
5th October 1713
Denis Diderot, French philosopher, is born. 300 years.
5th October 1763
King August III of Poland, dies. 250 years.
6th October 1888
Roland Garros, French aviator and WW1 fighter pilot, is born. 125 years.
7th October 1923
Jean-Paul Riopelle, Canadian painter and sculptor, is born. 90 years.
9th October 1888
Washington Monument opens for public admittance. 125 years.
10th October 1963
Edith Piaf, singer and cultural icon, dies. 50 years.
10th October 1813
Guiseppe Verdi, italian romantic composer, is born. 200 years.
11th October 1963
Jean Cocteau, French artist, dies. 50 years.
13th October 1713
Allan Ramsay, Scottish painter, is born. 300 years.
14th October 1888
Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand-born british short story writer, is born. 125 years.
16th October 1913
HMS Queen Elizabeth launched at Portsmouth Dockyard as the Royal Navy's first oil-fired battleship. 100 years.
16th October 1813
Battle of Leipzig, Napoleon defeated and forced to abdicate. 200 years.
18th October 1913
Marcel Duchamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase" displayed at the Armory Show in New York, causing a huge stir. 100 years.
20th October 1973
Sydney Opera House in Australia is opened by Queen Elizabeth II. 40 years.
24th October 1938
Ernst Barlach, German expressionist sculptor, dies. 75 years.
26th October 1863
Football Association forms in England, standardizing football. 150 years.
26th October 1863
Worldwide Red Cross organized in Geneva. 150 years.
27th October 1923
Roy Lichtenstein, American pop artist, is born. 90 years.

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