October 1st

2008
A $700 billion financial industry bailout won lopsided passage in the Senate, 74-25, after it was loaded with tax breaks and other sweeteners.
2001
The Supreme Court suspended former President Bill Clinton from practicing before the high court.
Disbarment
1993
Polly Klaas, 12, was abducted from her Petaluma, Calif., home during a slumber party and murdered. (Her case inspired California's three-strikes law.).
Murder of Polly Klaas
1991
Siege of Dubrovnik. The Siege of Dubrovnik began during the Croatian War of Independence. On this day, the Yugoslav People's Army started its offensive on Dubrovnik.
Siege of Dubrovnik
1988
Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, effectively head of state of the Soviet Union.
Mikhail Gorbachev
1982
Sony began selling the first commercial compact disc player in Japan.
Compact disc
1975
Muhammad Ali TKOs Joe Frazier in 15 for heavyweight boxing title in "The Thrilla in Manila".
Thrilla in Manila
1971
Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida.
Walt Disney World
1964
The Free Speech Movement was launched at the University of California at Berkeley.
Free Speech Movement
1962
Johnny Carson debuted as regular host of NBC's 'Tonight' show.
The Tonight Show
1961
Formation of Federal Republic of Cameroon. British Cameroon or Southern Cameroon joined the Republic of Cameroon to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon.
History of Cameroon
1957
Thalidomide launched. Thalidomide, an anti-nausea drug and sleep-aid, was launched. For about five years it was commonly prescribed to pregnant women as a drug to deal with morning sickness. It was finally withdrawn from the market after it was determined that it caused birth defects.
Thalidomide
1949
People's Republic of china is established. Mao Zedong declared the establishment of the People's Republic of China.
History of the People's Republic of China (1949–76)
1946
Trial of the Major War Criminals end. The Trial of the Major War Criminals part of the Nuremberg trials ended with sentences being passed against several key members of the Nazi party.
Nuremberg trials
1939
Winston Churchill described the Soviet Union as 'a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma' during a radio broadcast.
October 1939
1936
General Francisco Franco was proclaimed the head of an insurgent Spanish state.
Spanish Civil War, 1936
1908
Henry Ford introduced the first mass-produced automobile on the market—the Model T car to the market. Each car cost $825.
Ford Model T
1903
The visiting Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Americans 7-3 in the first World Series game.
List of World Series champions
1867
Karl Marx' "Das Kapital" published.
Das Kapital
1814
Opening of the Congress of Vienna, redrew Europe's political map after the defeat of Napoléon Bonaparte.
Congress of Vienna
1800
Spain ceded Louisiana to France in the secret Treaty of San Ildefonso.
Third Treaty of San Ildefonso
1688
Prince Willem III of Orange accepts invitation of take up the British crown.
William III of England