First Income Tax ( 1914 ) : Congress pass the Revenue Act mandating the first tax on incomes over $3,000.

Cuban Missile Crisis
22nd October ( 1962 ) : In a speech to the American people John F Kennedy informed the American people that the first stage was to place a naval quarantine on the waters around Cuba. This is known in history as the " Cuban Missile Crisis " and took the world to the brink of nuclear war with US forces going to DEFCON 2 in preparation to full scale war. America realized that the missile launchers construction was continuing and decided that a full scale invasion of More ..

22nd October ( 1973 ) : President Nixon fires special prosecutor Archibold Cox and abolishes the Watergate Prosecution Force . Also the resignation of the Attorney General Elliot L Richardson and the firing of all his deputies. The call for Impeachment of President Nixon is growing including members of both sides of the house and the first formal steps are expected to come on Tuesday when congress returns from the long weekend including veterans day.

Tropical Storm Alpha
22nd October ( 2005 ) : Tropical Storm Alpha forms to break the record for the most tropical storms in an Atlantic hurricane season ever. It is also the first storm to be named with a letter of the Greek alphabet More ..

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Walt Disney World ( 1965 ) : Following the success of Disneyland in Anaheim, California ( Opened in 1955 ) Walt Disney buys 27,000 acres of land on the outskirts of Orlando, Florida ( using dummy corporations to stop land speculators pushing up the price ) for $5 million ( News story leaked by the Orlando Sentinel ) . Walt Disney World opened on October 1st, 1971, ( five years after the death of Walt Disney ) with the Magic Kingdom theme park and is now the most visited and largest recreational resort in the world.

Hole In Ozone Layer
21st October ( 1986 ) : In a satellite hook up from Antarctica scientists have been studying a huge hole that has appeared in the earths ozone layer over Antarctica. They believe it may have been caused by a chemical process and are suspecting the gas used in Aerosol Cans . The preliminary studies show the chemical reaction is caused by Chlorofluorocarbons CFC's . Although the use of Chlorofluorocarbons has been banned in the US in Aerosol Cans since 1978, they are still used in many applications including air conditioning in cars through to keeping Big Mac's warm and the overall growth in use has continued to rise.

21st October ( 1966 ) : The Aberfan Disaster buried a junior school in Aberfan, Wales killing 148 people, mostly children . The school was buried by a landslide of mud and waste sludge created from the local Merthyr Vale Colliery which was 700ft high and towered over the local school before it collapsed . More ..


Differential Analyser ( 1927 ) : A new electrical machine with a mechanical mind has been perfected at Massachusetts Institute of Technology / MIT by Professor Vannevar Bush which can solve problems to complex for human engineers. The Product a differential analyzer allows the mathematician or engineer to feed in the equation and parts of the problem which cannot be solved by formal mathematics. The machine can take from 8 minutes to several hours to provide the answer which man alone can not solve today.

Hussein Pleads Not Guilty
20th October ( 2005 ) : Saddam Hussein pleads "not guilty" at the opening of the al-Dujail trial. During the proceeding, Hussein argued that the judge was not appointed by him, and he did not acknowledge the court. A tribunal of five Iraqi judges headed by Rizgar Mohammed Amin will decide his sentence including if he is liable for the Death Penalty.

UN American Activities
20th October ( 1947 ) : The House Un American Activities Committee began investigating alleged Communist activities involving Hollywood entertainers. The house then pressured the Hollywood establishment to create a blacklist of those not cleared by the committee to ensure they did not obtain work but most continued to write using pseudonyms. More ..


John DeLorean ( 1982 ) :
John DeLorean is arrested in an airport motel with a briefcase containing $24 million dollars worth of cocaine. He had headed up the DeLorean Motor Company and built one of the coolest looking sports cars with gull wing doors, The company received large subsidies provided by the British government because he set up a factory in Northern Ireland, but the car had a number of technical problems and less than 10,000 were produced which are now highly collectible

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Dow Jones Drops To 1739
19th October ( 1987 ) : The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 22 percent dropping to 1739 making it the 2nd largest percentage drop in history in a single day, This was known as "Black Monday" and signaled other markets around the world to drop during October by 20 percent. Many believed that some of the automatic computerized sell programmes used by large financial institutions may have contributed to the fall as they are triggered automatically when certain events / figures occur in the markets and after this date more safeguards were put in place to stop a similar thing happening in the future.

Comet Jet Aircraft
19th October ( 1954 ) : Following a number of crashes of the Comet aircraft it's certificate of airworthiness is withdrawn while an inquiry into why the crashes occurred, the inquiry found the problems were most likely due to metal fatigue. The Comet was the first commercial Jet airline that helped to change air travel and during the time the De Havilland Comet was grounded the American aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, took the lead in design and sales when it released its 707 passenger jet, which could carry almost twice as many passengers. More ..