• On Oct. 11, 1793, the death toll from a yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia hits 100 per day after refugees from a yellow fever epidemic in the Caribbean fled to the city. Philadelphia was the seat of the United States government at the time, but federal authorities simply evacuated the city in face of the raging epidemic.
• On Oct. 10, 1877, the U.S. Army holds a West Point funeral with full military honors for Colonel George Armstrong Custer. Killed at the Battle of the Little Big Horn the previous year, Custer’s body had been returned to the East for burial on the grounds of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., where Custer had graduated in 1861 … at the bottom of his class.
• On Oct. 8, 1918, during World War I, U.S. Corporal Alvin C. York is credited with single-handedly killing 25 German soldiers and capturing 132 in the Argonne Forest of France, for which he earned 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. The Yanks won the game 10-5, but despite Ruth’s unprecedented performance, they lost the championship in the seventh game.
• On Oct. 5, 1947, President Harry Truman makes the first-ever televised presidential address from the White House, asking Americans to cut back on their use of grain in order to help starving Europeans. He also requested that the public voluntarily forgo meat on Tuesdays, eggs and poultry on Thursdays and save a slice of bread each day.
• On Oct. 9, 1974, German businessman Oskar Schindler, credited with saving 1,200 Jews from the Holocaust, dies at age 66. In 1944, at great risk to himself, he bribed Nazi officials into allowing him to keep his workers and set up a factory in a safer location in occupied Czechoslovakia.
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