October 1 in Pop Culture History

October 1 in Pop Culture History

Today is the day that the US Government Fiscal Year (Oct 1  – Sept 30) begins.

331 BC – Alexander the Great defeated Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela, bringing about the fall of of the Persian Empire.

1843 – London’s The News of the World began publication.

1880 – John Philip Sousa, the first recorded popular music star, became the leader of the United States Marine Band.

1908 – For $825 each, Ford’s Model T car was put on the market.

1940 – The Pennsylvania Turnpike opened to traffic. It is considered the first US superhighway.

1948 – Over Fargo, North Dakota, WW II pilot George F. Gorman reported ‘playing chicken” with a blinking orb of light UFO. It was visually seen by people in the control tower, but did not show up on radar.

1955 – The Honeymooners premiered on CBS

1957 – First appearance of “In God We Trust” on U.S. paper currency, on one dollar bills.

1958 – The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

1971 – Walt Disney World opened near Orlando, Florida.

1977 – #1 Hit October 1, 1977 – October 14, 1977: MecoStar Wars Theme/Cantina Band

1983 – #1 Hit October 1, 1983 – October 28, 1983: Bonnie TylerTotal Eclipse of the Heart

1989 – Denmark introduced the world’s first legal modern same-sex civil union, called a “registered partnership”.

1992 – Cartoon Network begins broadcasting. The first cartoon, outside of Droopy Dog’s introduction, was Bugs Bunny in Rhapsody Rabbit.

1996 – Animal Planet made its debut

1999 – The infamous “You Fool” episode of Hollywood Squares aired.

2006 – Dexter premiered on Showtime

2010 – Sony launched Sony Movie Channel

2013 – The United States federal government shutdown of 2013 (October 1-16) affected many operations for the US government

…There are 91 days left this year.