Today In History – 8th October

Important Events

1480 Great standing on the Ugra river, the standoff between forces of Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde, and Ivan III Grand Prince of all Rus, Tataro-Mongols retreat, leads to the disintegration of the Horde

1856 The Second Opium War or second Anglo-Chinese War: begins with the Arrow Incident on the Pearl River

1915 Battle of Loos on WWI Western Front ends, German forces contain British attack (85,000 casualties)

1917 Leon Trotsky named chairman of the Petrograd Soviet as Bolsheviks gain control

2001 US President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security

Today In Film & TV

1927 “The Second Hundred Years” silent short film released starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy – 1st Laurel and Hardy film with them appearing as a team

Today In Music

1971 John Lennon releases his megahit single “Imagine”

Today In Sports

1818 Two English boxers are first to use padded gloves

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