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On October 9
1002 Leif Erikson landed on North America.
1635 Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, was banished from Massachusetts because he had spoken out against punishments for religious offenses. Williams had founded Providence, Rhode Island as a place for people to seek religious freedom.
1701 The Collegiate School of Connecticut was chartered in New Haven. The name was later changed to Yale.
1858 Mail service via stagecoach between San Francisco, CA, and St. Louis, MO, began.
1888 The public was admitted to the Washington Monument for the first time.
1919 The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series. The win would be later tainted when 8 Chicago White Sox were charged with throwing the game. The incident became known as the "Black Sox" scandal.
1936 The first generator at Boulder Dam began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles, CA. The name of the dam was later changed to Hoover Dam.
1974 Oskar Schindler died in Frankfurt, Germany. Schindler is credited with saving the lives of about 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust.
1983 Helen Moss joined the Brownies at the age of 83. She became the oldest person to become a member.
1985 The hijackers of the Achille Lauro cruise liner surrendered after the ship arrived in Port Said, Egypt.
1986 The musical, "Phantom of the Opera" by Andrew Lloyd Webber, opened in London.
1994 The U.S. sent troops and warships to the Persian Gulf in response to Saddam Hussein sending thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks toward the Kuwaiti border.
2001 Prosecutors in Miami, FL, announced that they would seek a prison sentence if O.J. Simpson was convicted in his road rage trial. Jury selection began for the trial just after the announcement.

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