October 1, 1949: Mao Zedong proclaims People’s Republic of China.
October 1, 1964: Japan’s first bullet train debuts.
October 1, 1988: Mikhail Gorbachev becomes leader of Supreme Soviet. He was the last leader of the Soviet Union before its dissolution. He announced his resignation in December 1991.
October 2, 1967: Thurgood Marshall sworn in as first African-American justice on the United States Supreme Court.
October 3, 1990: East and West Germany reunite.
October 3, 1995: O.J. Simpson acquitted of murder.
October 4, 1957: Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1 (“Fellow Traveler”).
October 4, 1965: First visit by a pope to America (Pope Paul VI).
October 5, 1931: First nonstop flight across the Pacific. It took more than 41 hours, from Japan to Washington State.
October 5, 2011: Apple founder Steve Jobs dies.
October 6, 1973: Yom Kippur War between Egypt and Syria and Israel begins. Israel emerged victorious after 20 days.
October 6, 1981: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is assassinated.
October 7, 1849: Richmonder and UVA graduate and poet Edgar Allan Poe dies in Baltimore.
October 7, 2001: US-led attack on Afghanistan begins.
October 7, 2003: Despite having no noteworthy political experience, Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes California governor.
October 8, 1998: Congress votes to impeach President Bill Clinton.