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.


October 1

2017 – Fifty-eight people are killed in a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Las Vegas Shooting
Photo by Invision/AP/Shutterstock.

October 2

1950 – Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip, Peanuts, was printed for the first time in nine newspapers around the U.S.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Peanuts Launch
Photo by Everett/Shutterstock.

October 3

1995 – Football legend O.J. Simpson is acquitted of the double murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — O.J. Simpson Acquittal
Photo by Eric Draper/AP/Shutterstock.

October 4

1927 – Work begins by sculptor Gutzon Borglum on the face of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Mount Rushmore
Photo by Everett/Shutterstock.

October 5

2011 – Apple founder Steve Jobs dies.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Death of Steve Jobs
Photo by London News Pictures/Shutterstock.

October 6

2010 – Instagram is founded.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Founding of Instagram
Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP/Shutterstock.

October 7

2001 – The U.S.-led coalition begins attacks on the Taliban in Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 attacks.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — U.S. Begins Attacks on the Taliban
Photo by Shutterstock.

October 8

2001 – U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Office of Homeland Security
Photo by Ron Sachs/Shutterstock.

October 9

1986 – The Late Show with Joan Rivers premieres on Fox, making her the first woman to host a US late-night TV talk show.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — The Late Show with Joan Rivers
Photo by Bob Galbraith/AP/Shutterstock.

October 10

2003 – Shirin Ebadi becomes the first Iranian Muslim woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Shirin Ebadi
Photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA/Shutterstock.

October 11

1975 – Saturday Night Live debuts.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — SNL Debuts
Photo by Nbc-Tv/Kobal/Shutterstock.

October 12

1968 – Enriqueta Basilio becomes the first woman to light the Olympic Torch during the Opening Ceremony of the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — First Woman to Light Olympic Torch
Photo by Everett/Shutterstock.

October 13

2010 – Thirty-three miners rescued in Chile after being trapped for over two months.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Chilean Miners Rescued
Photo by Ian Salas/EPA/Shutterstock.

October 14

2007 – Keeping Up with the Kardashians premieres on E! in the US.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Photo by Picture Perfect/Shutterstock.

October 15

1991 – Clarence Thomas is confirmed to the United States Supreme Court.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Clarence Thomas
Photo by Dennis Cook/AP/Shutterstock.

October 16

1995 – 837,000 strong attend the Million Man March in Washington, D.C.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Million Man March
Photo by Mark Reinstein/Shutterstock.

October 17

1989 – A 6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes the San Francisco bay area during Game 3 of the World Series.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Earthquake in San Francisco
Photo by Paul Sakuma/AP/Shutterstock.

October 18

1931 – Thomas Edison dies at age 84.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Thomas Edison
Photo by Everett/Shutterstock.

October 19

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.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Black Monday
Photo by The Independent/Shutterstock.

October 20

1973 – Queen Elizabeth II opens the famed Sydney Opera House.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Sydney Opera House
Photo by AP/Shutterstock.

October 21

1959 – The Guggenheim Museum in New York City opens.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — The Guggenheim
Photo by Harry Harris/AP/Shutterstock.

October 22

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.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Cuban Missile Crisis
Photo by Bill Allen/AP/Shutterstock.

October 23

1941 – Walt Disney’s animated film Dumbo is released.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Dumbo
Photo by Snap/Shutterstock.

October 24

1945 – The United Nations is formed.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — The United Nations
Photo by Uncredited/AP/Shutterstock.

October 25

1978 – The classic John Carpenter horror film Halloween is released.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Halloween
Photo by ITV/Shutterstock.

October 26

2001 – President George W. Bush signs the USA Patriot Act into effect.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — The Patriot Act
Photo by Everett/Shutterstock.

October 27

1904 – The New York subway system begins operations.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — New York Subway System
Photo by Hg/AP/Shutterstock.

October 28

1955 – Microsoft founder Bill Gates is born.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Bill Gates
Photo by Markus Schreiber/AP/Shutterstock.

October 29

1954 – John Glenn becomes the oldest person to go into space at age seventy-seven aboard Space Shuttle Discovery.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — John Glenn
Photo by Shutterstock.

October 30

2003 – Wicked premieres on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Wicked
Photo by ITV/Shutterstock.

October 31

1984 – Indira Gandhi, the first female prime minister of India, is assassinated by two of her bodyguards.

On This Day in October: 31 Photos Documenting the Month’s Big Moments — Indira Gandhi's Assassination
Photo by Kishore Chand/AP/Shutterstock.

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