• On Oct. 11, 1793, the death toll from a yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia hits 100. By the time it ended, 5,000 people were dead. A vaccine now prevents yellow fever in much of the world, though 20,000 people still die from it every year.
• On Oct. 8, 1918, U.S. Army Cpl. Alvin C. York reportedly kills over 20 German soldiers and captures an additional 132 in France. The exploits earned York the Congressional Medal of Honor.
• On Oct. 6, 1926, Yankee slugger Babe Ruth hits a record three home runs against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth game of the World Series. In 1928, in the fourth game of another Yanks-Cards World Series, he knocked three more pitches out of the same park.
• On Oct. 9, 1942, Chicago bootlegger Roger “The Terrible” Touhy escapes from prison by climbing the guard’s tower. Touhy, who had been framed for kidnapping, was serving a 99-year sentence. He was recaptured months later.
• On Oct. 7, 1975, a New York State Supreme Court judge reverses a deportation order for John Lennon, allowing him to remain legally in New York City. The order against Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, were based on a 1968 marijuana conviction in England.
• On Oct. 10, 1985, the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro ends when U.S. Navy F-14 fighters intercept an Egyptian airliner attempting to fly the Palestinian hijackers to freedom. On Oct. 7, heavily armed terrorists had hijacked the ship and 400 crewmembers and passengers.
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