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This Day in History: October 1

Featured Biography

Jimmy Carter
president of United States
1966
George Weah
president of Liberia
1935
Julie Andrews
British actress and singer
1930
Richard Harris
Irish actor
1928
Sivaji Ganesan
Indian actor
1924
Jimmy Carter
president of United States

More Events On This Day

2017
Casinos on the Strip, Las Vegas, Nev.
From his hotel room in Las Vegas, 64-year-old gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on a music festival, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds before taking his own life; it surpassed the Orlando shooting (2016) as the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
2013
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American novelist Tom Clancy, who created the techno-thriller—a suspenseful novel that relies on extensive knowledge of military technology and espionage—died in Maryland.
1994
Palau
The Republic of Palau officially became a sovereign state.
1982
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Congress established the U.S. Claims Court (now the U.S. Court of Federal Claims) to handle cases in which the United States is a defendant.
1971
Orlando: Walt Disney World Resort
The Walt Disney World Resort—a complex near Orlando, Florida, that features attractions based on the stories and characters created by the Disney Company—opened.
1961
Roger Maris.
American baseball player Roger Maris hit his 61st home run of the season, breaking Babe Ruth's record.
1960
Nigeria
Nigeria gained its independence from Britain but remained a member of the Commonwealth.
1946
Hermann G?ring at the Nürnberg trials
The verdict was handed down on 22 of the original 24 defendants in the Nürnberg trials, a series of trials held after World War II in which the International Military Tribunal indicted and tried former Nazi leaders as war criminals.
1936
Franco, Francisco
Francisco Franco became head of the new Nationalist regime of Spain at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.
1800
Jacques-Louis David: The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries
Napoleon induced a reluctant King Charles IV of Spain to cede Louisiana back to France.
331 bce
Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great of Macedonia defeated Darius III of Persia at the Battle of Gaugamela, spelling the end of the Persian empire.
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