Once Upon A Time – October 4 – 1895 – 1st US Open Men’s Golf, Englishman Horace Rawlins Wins Inaugural Event

1537 The 1st complete English-language Bible, the “Matthew Bible” is printed, with translations by William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale

1582 Last Julian calendar day in Spain, Portugal and pontifical states. To sync to the Gregorian calendar, 10 days are skipped and the next date is Oct 15.

1883 The Orient Express departs on its first official journey from Paris to Istanbul

1900 In a final confrontation, around 4,000 Ashantis are defeated by the British in the Gold Coast (Ghana)

1957 Soviet Union launches Sputnik I, the 1st artificial Earth satellite into elliptical low Earth orbit

1993 Troops and tanks of President Boris Yeltsin shell and occupy the Russian White House in Moscow, the house of government of the Russian Federation

2006 WikiLeaks is launched, created by internet activist Julian Assange

HISTORICAL EVENTS TODAY

TODAY IN FILM & TV

1987 “The Last Emperor” directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O’Toole premieres at the Tokyo Film Festival (Best Picture 1988)

TODAY IN MUSIC

1974 John Lennon releases “Walls & Bridges” album featuring No. 1 single “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” (featuring Elton John)

TODAY IN SPORT

1895 1st US Open Men’s Golf, Newport GC: Englishman Horace Rawlins wins inaugural event; beats Willie Dunn of Scotland by 2 strokes

MORE FACTS….

1927 Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mt. Rushmore (works on till 1941)

1363 End of the Battle of Lake Poyang; the Chinese rebel forces of Zhu Yuanzhang defeat that of his rival, Chen Youliang, one of the largest naval battles in history with 850,000 taking part (approx.)

FAMOUS WEDDINGS

1539 English King Henry VIII marries Anne of Cleves, his 4th wife

1767 Prince Willem V marries Prussian princess Wilhelmina

1795 “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” poet Samuel Coleridge (22) marries Sarah Fricker in Bristol, England

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