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This Day in History: October 8

October 8: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1829 - Rail transport: Stephenson's The Rocket wins The Rainhill Trials.
  2. 1860 - Telegraph line between Los Angeles and San Francisco opens.
  3. 1956 - New York Yankees's Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series; one of only 20 perfect games in MLB history.
  4. 1978 - Australia's Ken Warby sets the current world water speed record of 317.60mph at Blowering Dam, Australia.
  5. 2001 - U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
  6. Famous Birthdays: William John Swainson (English naturalist and artist), Henri Louis le Chatelier (French chemist), Edward Rickenbacker (American fighter pilot and airline executive), R. L. Stine (American author), Matt Damon (American actor)

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