* On Oct. 6, 1866, in Indiana, the Reno gang carries out the first robbery of a moving train in the U.S., making off with over $10,000. Holding up moving trains in remote locations soon became popular in the American West.
* 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 asked that the public voluntarily forgo meat on Tuesdays, eggs and poultry on Thursdays and to save a slice of bread each day.
* On Oct. 4, 1957, the “Space Age” begins with the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite. Other firsts for the Soviet space program included first man in space, first woman, first three men, first space walk and first to orbit the moon.
* On Oct. 3, 1961, the United Auto Workers union goes on strike at Ford plants across the country to win higher wages and better benefits. It was the first companywide strike since Ford had agreed to a collective-bargaining deal in 1941.
* On Oct. 8, 1970, Matt Damon, the future star of a long list of hit movies, including “The Bourne Identity,” is born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Damon, who left Harvard University before graduating to pursue an acting career, made his big-screen debut with a small role in 1988’s “Mystic Pizza.”
* On Oct. 7, 1984, at Soldier Field, Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton runs for 154 yards to become the NFL’s all-time rushing leader, breaking the record set by Cleveland’s Jim Brown in 1965.
* On Oct. 9, 1992, a bowling ball-sized meteorite crashes through an orange 1980 Chevy Malibu in Peekskill, New York. Scientists say it came from the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars. ©2016 King Features Synd.