Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah
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October 6, 2014
Week of October 6, 2014

• On Oct. 11, 1809, explorer Meriwether Lewis dies under mysterious circumstances at Grinder’s Tavern in Tennessee. Most historians have concluded that Lewis’ death was a suicide brought on by depression over financial worries, but some believe he was murdered, possibly by the tavern owner.

• On Oct. 12, 1810, when Bavarian Crown Prince Louis marries, the citizens of Munich are invited to attend the festivities. The decision to repeat the festivities the next year gave rise to the tradition of the annual Oktoberfest. Today, more than 1 million gallons of beer are consumed annually at Oktoberfest.

• On Oct. 8, 1869, future auto inventor and mechanic Frank Duryea is born. Duryea was the first automobile driver on the American road. In 1893, his Duryea Motor Wagon made its first successful trip, 600 yards down his street in Springfield, Mass., before the transmission blew.

• On Oct. 7, 1913, for the first time, Henry Ford’s entire Michigan automobile factory is run on a continuously moving assembly line. A motor and rope pulled the chassis past workers and parts, cutting the man-hours required to complete one “Model T” from 12-1/2 hours to six.

• On Oct. 6, 1926, Yankee slugger Babe Ruth hits a record three homers against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth game of the World Series. In 1928, in another Yanks-Cards World Series, Ruth tied his own record, knocking three more pitches out of the same park.

• On Oct. 9, 1940, during the Battle of Britain, the German Luftwaffe launches a heavy nighttime raid on London, and a bomb pierces the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, destroying the High Altar. The cathedral had been built, destroyed and rebuilt many times over the years beginning in 604 A.D. The current cathedral dates from 1710.

• On Oct. 10, 1973, Spiro Agnew becomes the first U.S. vice president to resign in disgrace. He pleaded no contest to a charge of income-tax evasion in exchange for dropping charges of political corruption, which included his practice of accepting bribes even while vice president.

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