Today In History – October 1

Important Events

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

1688 Prince Willem III of Orange accepts the invitation of taking up the British crown

1814 Opening of the Congress of Vienna, which redrew Europe’s political map after the defeat of Napoléon Bonaparte

1867 Karl Marx’ “Das Kapital” published

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

1988 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, effectively head of state of the Soviet Union

Today In Film & TV

1968 Cult zombie film “Night of the Living Dead” directed by George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones and Judith O’Dea premieres in Pittsburgh

Today In Music

1982 Marvin Gaye releases his last studio album “Midnight Love” featuring single “Sexual Healing”

Today In Sports

1950 Connie Mack’s last game as Philadelphia Athletics manager (1901-50); longest-serving manager in MLB history; beat Washington Senators, 5-3 at Shribe Park

1975 “The Thrilla in Manila”; Muhammad Ali stops Joe Frazier in 14 rounds in Quezon City, the Philippines to retain his WBC/WBA heavyweight title

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