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On this day: October 29

The New York Stock Exchange crashes on "Black Tuesday," Cassius Clay fights professionally for the first time, John Glenn returns to space, and Sandy slams the East Coast, all on this day.

On this day: October 26

The Erie Canal opens, the Pony Express closes, Wyatt Earp shoots it out in Tombstone, and the Patriot Act is signed into law, all on this day.

On this day: October 25

Pablo Picasso is born, Led Zeppelin debuts in concert, the U.S. invades Grenada, and Bill Buckner blows it for the Red Sox, all on this day.

On this day: October 23

The U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut are hit by a truck bomb, Robert Bork's Supreme Court nomination is rejected, and the iPod is introduced, all on this day.

On this day: October 22

The first parachute jump takes place, "Pretty Boy" Floyd is gunned down, football meets television, and The Supremes top the charts, all on this day.

On this day: October 21

Magellan discovers the strait that would bear his name, Carlton Fisk waves his World Series home run fair, and Keith Moon plays his last show with The Who, all on this day.

On this day: October 19

The first disco opens, the United States slaps an embargo on Cuba, Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested at an Atlanta sit-in, and Saddam Hussein goes on trial, all on this day.

On this day: October 16

Marie Antoinette loses her head, the Cuban Missile Crisis begins, Baby Jessica is pulled from the well, and the Million Man March takes over Washington, D.C., all on this day.

On this day: October 15

Napoleon goes into exile, "I Love Lucy" debuts, vice-presidential candidates debate for the first time, Wayne Gretzky sets the NHL's points record, and the nation meets "Balloon Boy" and his family, all on this day.

On this day: October 14

The first motion picture is filmed, Teddy Roosevelt is shot -- and still delivers his speech, Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier, a U.S. spy plane spots Soviet missiles in Cuba, and Martin Luther King Jr. wins the Nobel Peace Prize, all on this day.