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
1918 Sgt. York The legendary U.S. World War I hero kills 25 members of a German machine-gun battalion and captures 132 others during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. During the assault, York, using a semi-automatic pistol, shot and killed killed six German soldiers who were charging at him with fixed bayonets. Seeing the carnage York was inflicting on his men, the German commander ordered his unit to surrender.
Great Chicago Fire - Not Started by a Cow
3.3 square miles (9 km2) of Chicago is destroyed, more than 250 people are killed, and 100,000 of the 300,000 residents were left homeless. Adding to the problem, Chicago had been in a drought, having received only 1 inch (2.5 cm) of rain since July 4.
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.
1904 First Vanderbilt Cup Auto Race The winner was George Heath driving a Panhard.
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. Writings: 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.
1873 Ma Barker d. 1935 (Arizona Donnie Clark), American outlaw. Supposedly headed a gang which included her four sons. She and her youngest son were gunned down by FBI agents.
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 Baptist minister. Father of Rhode Island. He was a co-founder of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, author of its influential charter, and a leading advocate of religious freedom in the Americas. He was imprisoned in Boston for performing baptisms (1651); the Baptist religion was illegal in Boston.
Deaths for October 8
1982 Fernando Lamas b. 1915 Argentine actor, the Latin Lover of U.S. films during the 1950s.
1972 Percy Pearl Washington b. 1926 American heavyweight, the world's heaviest woman (880 pounds).