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331Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela.

1661Yachting begins in England; King Charles II beats his brother James, Duke of York

1814Opening of the Congress of Vienna, intended to redraw the Europe's political map after the defeat of Napoléon Bonaparte the previous spring.

1833Charles Darwin reaches Rio Tercero Argentina

1852Alfred Russel Wallace returns to the U.K. after four years of travel, collecting, and research in South America

1867Karl Marx' "Das Kapital" published

1880John Philip Sousa becomes new director of US Marine Corps Band

1908Henry Ford introduces the Model T car (costs $825)

1908Jack Chesbro's final Higlander victory, beats Walter Johnson 2-1

1924Paavo Nurmi runs world record 4 mile (19:15.4) & 5 mile (24:06.2)

1928Paavo Nurmi runs world record 15m (46:49.6)

1932World Series moves to Chicago, In 5th inning, Babe Ruth waits until he has 2 strikes, points & hits next pitch into center field bleachers

1934Adolf Hitler expands German army & navy & creates an air force, violating Treaty of Versailles

1936Generalissimo Francisco Franco establishes state of Spain

1945Heavyweight champ Joe Louis is discharged from army

1949People's Republic of China proclaimed by Mao Zedong (National Day)

1961Mickey Wright wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Open

1961Roger Maris sets record of 61 HRs (off of Tracy Stallard)

1962Barbra Streisand signs her 1st recording contract (with Columbia)

1967Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Ladies' LA Golf Open

1972Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Portland Ladies Golf Classic

1973Leo Durocher resigns as Houston Astro manager

1975Muhammad Ali TKOs Joe Frazier in 15 for heavyweight boxing title in "The Thrilla in Manila"

1977Brazilian soccer great Pele retires with 1,281 goals in 1,363 games

1977Elton John honored by MSG Hall of Fame

1988Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet and thus head of state of the Soviet Union

1989Beth Daniel wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic

1990US President Bush at UN, condemns Iraq's takeover of Kuwait

1993Lennox Lewis TKOs Frank Bruno in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

1994South African President Nelson Mandela visits US

1998Vladimir Putin became a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

2014Canadian freestyle skier and two-time Olympic gold medalist Alexandre Bilodeau retires at 27

On This Day In History
Date Event
Oct 1, 331 BC
Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela. 
Oct 1, 366
St Damasus I begins his reign as Catholic Pope 
Oct 1, 704
Aengibald gives away bishop Willibrord estate in Waalre 
Oct 1, 911
During a siege in Constantinople, the Theotokos (Mary, the mother of Jesus) appeared at the church in Blachernae holding her veil over the praying faithful, among them St. Andrew of Constantinople. 
Oct 1, 959
Edgar I, the Peaceful, becomes king of all England. 
Oct 1, 965
John XIII Crescentii elected to succeed Pope Leo VIII 
Oct 1, 1189
Gerard de Ridefort, grandmaster of the Knights Templar since 1184, is killed in the Siege of Acre. 
Oct 1, 1273
Earl Rudolf van Habsburg becomes Roman Catholic-German king 
Oct 1, 1529
-3] Meeting between Maarten Luther & Huldrych Zwingli 
Oct 1, 1569
Duke of Norfolk arrested 
Oct 1, 1574
-2] Storm breaks Leiden dike; drowns 20,000 Spanish soldiers 
Oct 1, 1606
Spanish troops under Spinola occupies fort Rhine birch 
Oct 1, 1632
Battle at Castelnaudary: Duke Henri de Montmorency's rebel army loses 
Oct 1, 1653
Russian parliament accepts annexation of Ukraine 
Oct 1, 1657
Treaty of Raalte: Willem II no longer viceroy of Overijssel 
Oct 1, 1661
Yachting begins in England; King Charles II beats his brother James, Duke of York 
Oct 1, 1670
-4] Battle at Simbirsk a/d Wolga: Russian army beats Boers 
Oct 1, 1688
Prince Willem III of Orange accepts invitation of take up the British crown 
Oct 1, 1705
Parliament declares Hungary independently/French Rákóczi becomes king 
Oct 1, 1746
Bonnie Prince Charlie flees to France 
Oct 1, 1768
British troops under General Gauge land in Boston 
Oct 1, 1787
Russians under Suvorov defeat the Turks at Kinburn. 
Oct 1, 1791
1st session of new French legislative assembly 
Oct 1, 1795
France annexes Southern Netherlands 
Oct 1, 1795
Belgium is conquered by France. 
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