Today In History, October 9th

1781 – The last major battle of the American Revolutionary War took place in Yorktown, Virginia. The American forces, led by George Washington, defeated the British troops under Lord Cornwallis.

1855 – Isaac Singer patented the sewing machine motor.

1858 – Mail service via stagecoach between San Francisco, California and St. Louis, Missouri began.

1872 – Aaron Montgomery started his mail order business with the delivery of the first mail order catalogue. The firm later became Montgomery Wards.

1876 – Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson made their longest telephone call to date. It was a distance of two miles.

1919 – The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series. The win would be later tainted when 8 Chicago White Sox were charged with throwing the game and the series. The incident became known as the “Black Sox” scandal. (Image: Movies-Cine-Film)

1930 – Aviator Laura Ingalls landed in Glendale, California to complete the first solo transcontinental flight across the U.S. by a woman.

1940 – St. Paul’s Cathedral in London was bombed by the Nazis. The dome was unharmed in the bombing.

1946 – The first electric blanket went on sale in Petersburg, Virginia.

1983 – Helen Moss joined the Brownies at the age of 83. She became the oldest person to become a member.

1985 – A 2½-acre garden memorial was dedicated to John Lennon by his widow Yoko Ono. The memorial in New York City’s Central Park is called Strawberry Fields.

1986 – The musical “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber opened in London.

2003 – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II knighted Roger Moore and made Sting a CBE (Commander of the British Empire).

(Source: On-This-Day)

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