Follow along with the biggest moments in October history in this visual journey of photos from the Shutterstock Editorial archive.
Photography has given us a rich visual archive of the most important events in history—everything from tragedies to the pinnacles of human achievement. Photos can bring us back to a tragic event that broke our collective hearts, a cultural moment that we rejoiced over, or a scientific breakthrough that made us see the world differently. Each month we’ll share photographs from the Shutterstock Editorial archive that show a significant historical or cultural event for each day of that month.
This month, we take a visual journey through October.
2017 – Fifty-eight people are killed in a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.
1950 – Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip, Peanuts, was printed for the first time in nine newspapers around the U.S.
1995 – Football legend O.J. Simpson is acquitted of the double murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
1927 – Work begins by sculptor Gutzon Borglum on the face of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota.
2011 – Apple founder Steve Jobs dies.
2010 – Instagram is founded.
2001 – The U.S.-led coalition begins attacks on the Taliban in Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 attacks.
2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.
1986 – The Late Show with Joan Rivers premieres on Fox, making her the first woman to host a US late-night TV talk show.
2003 – Shirin Ebadi becomes the first Iranian Muslim woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1975 – Saturday Night Live debuts.
1968 – Enriqueta Basilio becomes the first woman to light the Olympic Torch during the Opening Ceremony of the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.
2010 – Thirty-three miners rescued in Chile after being trapped for over two months.
2007 – Keeping Up with the Kardashians premieres on E! in the US.
1991 – Clarence Thomas is confirmed to the United States Supreme Court.
1995 – 837,000 strong attend the Million Man March in Washington, D.C.
1989 – A 6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes the San Francisco bay area during Game 3 of the World Series.
1931 – Thomas Edison dies at age 84.
1987– Black Monday: Stock markets around the world crash, including the Dow Jones stock index, which falls 508.32 points, 4½ times the previous daily record.
1973 – Queen Elizabeth II opens the famed Sydney Opera House.
1959 – The Guggenheim Museum in New York City opens.
1962 – In a live broadcast President John F Kennedy states that Russian missiles have been discovered in Cuba, signaling the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
1941 – Walt Disney’s animated film Dumbo is released.
1945 – The United Nations is formed.
1978 – The classic John Carpenter horror film Halloween is released.
2001 – President George W. Bush signs the USA Patriot Act into effect.
1904 – The New York subway system begins operations.
1955 – Microsoft founder Bill Gates is born.
1954 – John Glenn becomes the oldest person to go into space at age seventy-seven aboard Space Shuttle Discovery.
2003 – Wicked premieres on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre.
1984 – Indira Gandhi, the first female prime minister of India, is assassinated by two of her bodyguards.
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