Today's Holidays for October 8
Feast Day of St. Bridget Patron saint of Sweden and founder of the Order of the Most Holy Savior.
Today's History Trivia for October 8
1993 No sex after divorce A group of Italian Roman Catholic bishops announces that those who have sex after divorce will not be allowed to take part in communion.
1987 Jerry Falwell resigns from the PTL ministry after a bankruptcy court rejected his reorganization plan. The ministry was $50,000,000 in debt.
1984 The Burning Bed, starring Farrah Fawcett, airs on NBC provoking violent acts by several viewers.
1965 Yesterday by the Beatles hits #1 on the Billboard list.
1956 First perfect no-hitter World Series baseball game Don Larsen pitching for the New York Yankees and beating the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0.
1918 World War I - Sgt. York The legendary U.S. war hero kills 25 members of a German machine-gun battalion and captures 132 others during the Meuse-Argonne offensive.
1904 First Vanderbilt Cup Auto Race The winner was George Heath driving a Panhard.
1871 Great Chicago Fire Over four square miles of Chicago is destroyed and 250 people are killed - It was not started by Mrs. O'Leary's cow, as often reported.
Today's Birthdays for October 8
1956 Stephanie Zimbalist American actress, Laura Holt of Remington Steele.
1950 Kool (Robert Bell), American singer, with Kool and the Gang. Music: Ladies Night (1979, #1) and Celebration (1980, #1).
1949 Sigourney Weaver (Susan Weaver), American actress. Film: Alien (1979), Ghostbusters (1984), and Gorillas in the Mist (1988).
1948 Sarah Purcell American TV personality. TV: Real People (host).
1943 Chevy Chase (Cornelius Crane Chase), American Emmy-winning actor, comedian, short-lived talk show host. TV: Saturday Night Live.
1941 Jesse Jackson American civil rights leader.
1936 Rona Barrett (Rona Burnstein), American gossip columnist and TV personality.
1927 Jim Elliot d. 1956 American missionary to Ecuador's Quechua Indians. His was killed by the Aucas while trying to minister to them. Quote: "It is dangerous to get the cart before the horse, but essential in God's program to get the heart before the course." His death was the basis for the book/movie End of the Spear. Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church
1920 Frank Patrick Herbert d. 1986 American science-fiction author, Dune (1965).
1917 Billy Conn d. 1993 American Hall of Fame boxer. In 1941, while leading Joe Louis 8 rounds to 4, instead of playing it safe and taking the decision, he decided to slug it out with the heavyweight champ. Louis quickly knocked him out.
1910 Kirk Alyn d. 1999 (John Feggo, Jr.), American actor. He played Superman in the 1948 movie serial and in its sequel Atom Man Vs. Superman (1950). He also played young Lois Lane's father in the 1978 Superman movie.
1895 Juan Domingo Perón d. 1974 President of Argentina (1946-55, 73-74). His opposition to the Church led to his excommunication by Pope Pius XII. He was forced to resign in 1955 after a revolt, but was welcomed back in 1973 by an unstable country.
1890 Eddie Rickenbacker d. 1973 American aviator and race car driver, called "The Ace of Aces." He was the most decorated pilot of World War I.
1810 James Wilson Marshall d. 1885 American pioneer. He started the California Gold Rush when he discovered gold at Sutter's Mill (1848).
1609 John Clarke d. 1676 Father of Rhode Island.
1585 Heinrich Schutz d. 1672 German composer, called the "Father of German music." He composed Dafne (1727), the first German opera.
Deaths for October 8
1982 Fernando Lamas b. 1915 Argentine actor, the Latin Lover of U.S. films during the 1950s.
1869 Franklin Pierce b. 1804 14th U.S. President (1853-57).