On this day, October 11


This date does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain due to their adoption of the Gregorian Calendar that year.


A massive stormtide shattered the northern coastline, flooding Denmark and northern Germany. Called the Burchardi flood, it killed approximately 15,000 people.


The first steam-powered ferry, inventor John Stevens’ ship, the Juliana, began taking passengers between New York City, New York and Hoboken, New Jersey.


The Morant Bay rebellion, protesting injustices and widespread poverty, began in Jamaica when preacher Paul Bogle led hundreds of black men and women in a march and demonstration.


Theodore Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to fly in an airplane.


CBS’s mechanical colour system became the first color television technology to be licensed for broadcast in the U.S.


Astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first woman to perform a space walk while aboard the space shuttle Challenger.


The AIDS memorial quilt was put on display on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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