• On Oct. 10, 1845, The United States Naval Academy opens in Annapolis, Md., with 50 midshipmen students and seven professors. The curriculum included mathematics and navigation, gunnery and steam, chemistry, English, natural philosophy and French.
• On Oct. 5, 1892, the Dalton gang attempts to rob two banks simultaneously in Coffeyville, Kan., but meets resistance from townspeople. As the gang was about to make their getaway, a throng of townsfolk armed by a local hardware store, surprised them. In the gunfight that ensued, all five men were shot.
• On Oct. 7, 1913, for the first time, Henry Ford’s entire Highland Park, Mich., automobile factory is run on an assembly line. This cut the man-hours required to complete one Model T from 12-1/2 hours to six. Further improvements reduced the time required to 93 manminutes.
• On Oct. 6, 1961, President John F. Kennedy advises American families to build bomb shelters to protect them from atomic fallout in the event of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union. One year later, the Cuban Missile Crisis erupted.
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