British forces surrender at Saratoga, New York 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 17 1777)


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(Friday, October 17, 1777; following the Battles of Saratoga, part of the American Revolution) — British forces under General John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops today in Saratoga, New York, in a turning point of the American Revolutionary War. Continue reading British forces surrender at Saratoga, New York 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 17 1777)

Toddler rescued after 58 hours in Texas well 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 16 1987)


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(Friday, October 16, 1987, just before 8:00 p.m. CDT) — An extraordinary drama Midland, Texas, came to a joyous conclusion tonight when rescue workers pulled 18-month-old Jessica McClure to safety 58 1/2 hours after she tumbled into an abandoned water well in her aunt’s backyard. Continue reading Toddler rescued after 58 hours in Texas well 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 16 1987)

The Monkees complete recording fourth studio album 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 16 1967)


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(Monday, October 16, 1967, 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. PDT) — The Monkees completed “Star Collector” today at United Recorders Studio A in Hollywood, completing the recording sessions for their fourth studio album Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd (released Nov. 6, 1967). Continue reading The Monkees complete recording fourth studio album 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 16 1967)

‘Stop the Draft Week’ begins in 30 American cities 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 16 1967)


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(Monday, October 16, 1967; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — “Stop the Draft Week” was launched today in front of the induction centers of 30 American cities, by thousands of people protesting against the Vietnam War. Continue reading ‘Stop the Draft Week’ begins in 30 American cities 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 16 1967)

‘You Light Up My Life’ by Debby Boone peaks at #1 in USA 40 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 15 1977)

(Saturday, October 15, 1977)“You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for ten consecutive weeks (Oct. 15/22/29, Nov. 5/12/19/26, Dec. 3/10/17, 1977), setting a new record for that time. Continue reading ‘You Light Up My Life’ by Debby Boone peaks at #1 in USA 40 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 15 1977)

‘Ringo the 4th’ album by Ringo Starr debuts at #179 in USA 40 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 15 1977)


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(Saturday, October 15, 1977)Ringo the 4th, the sixth studio album by former Beatle Ringo Starr, debuted at #179 on today’s Billboard 200 albums chart. Continue reading ‘Ringo the 4th’ album by Ringo Starr debuts at #179 in USA 40 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 15 1977)

White Sox beat Giants to win World Series 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 15 1917)


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(Monday, October 15, 1917, at approximately 2:00 p.m.-4:18 p.m. EST) — The Chicago White Sox won the 1917 World Series today, beating the New York Giants 4-2 at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, New York, in the sixth and deciding game. Continue reading White Sox beat Giants to win World Series 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 15 1917)

Two ex-Beatles attend Stella McCartney’s Chloe debut 20 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 15 1997)

(Wednesday, October 15, 1997) — Former Beatle Paul McCartney, his wife Linda, former Beatle Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara, attended Stella McCartney’s (Paul and Linda’s youngest daughter) first catwalk show for the fashion house Chloe today at the Opéra Garnier in Paris. Continue reading Two ex-Beatles attend Stella McCartney’s Chloe debut 20 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 15 1997)

Mata Hari executed by firing squad in France 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 15 1917)


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(Monday, October 15, 1917, at 6:15 a.m. CET) — Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan Margaretha Geertruida “Margreet” MacLeod, better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was executed today by firing squad in the Parisian suburb of Vincennes having been convicted of spying for Germany during World War I. She was 41. Continue reading Mata Hari executed by firing squad in France 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 15 1917)

McCartney’s ‘Standing Stone’ premieres in London 20 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 14 1997)


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(Tuesday, October 14, 1997, 7:30 p.m. BST) — Paul McCartney’s new classical piece Standing Stone premiered tonight at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Continue reading McCartney’s ‘Standing Stone’ premieres in London 20 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 14 1997)