Right Now in This Day in History Class

Iceland's Women’s Day Off Strike - Oct. 24, 1975

Ninety percent of Iceland's women went on strike in the Women's Day Off on this day in 1975.

War of Jenkins' Ear - Oct. 23, 1739

The War of Jenkin's Ear, known in Spain as Guerra del Asiento, began on this day in 1739.

The Great Disappointment of the Millerites - Oct. 22, 1844

The Great Disappointment of the Millerites took place on this day in 1844.

First Modern Planetarium Opened - Oct. 21, 1923

The first modern planetarium opened in Munich on this day in 1923.

Saturday Night Massacre - Oct. 20, 1973

The firings and resignations known as the Saturday Night Massacre took place on this day in 1973, during the Watergate scandal.

Attack on the National Palace in Guatemala - Oct. 19, 1944

Members of the military attacked the National Palace in Guatemala on this day in 1944, during the Guatemalan Revolution. 

Battle of Mabila - Oct. 18, 1540

The Battle of Mabila took place on this day in 1540.

London Beer Flood - Oct. 17, 1814

The London Beer Flood took place on this day in 1814.

Fists Raised During Olympic Games - Oct. 16, 1968

Athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in protest at the Olympic Games on this day in 1968.

Mata Hari Executed - Oct. 15, 1917

Mata Hari was executed for espionage on this day in 1917. There's more to her story in the June 30, 2010 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class, "Mati Hari, Sinister Salome?"

Trial of Mary, Queen of Scots Began - Oct. 14, 1586

The trial of Mary, Queen of Scots began on this day in 1586.

Revival of Modern Hebrew Began - Oct. 13, 1881

The revival of modern Hebrew began on this day in 1881, when Eliezer Ben-Yehuda began speaking it exclusively among friends and family.

First Use of the Iron Lung - Oct. 12, 1928

An iron lung was used for the first time on this day in 1928. There's more about iron lungs and their uses in polio cases in the January 30, 2017 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class, "Ed Roberts and the Independent Living Movement," and the November 11, 2011 episode, "Polio: The Dread Disease."

Vatican II Opened - Oct. 11, 1962

The Second Vatican Council, also known as Vatican II, opened on this day in 1962.

Lyudmila Pavlichenko Died - Oct. 10, 1974

Assassin Lyudmila Pavlichenko died on this day in 1974. There's more about her in the May 15, 2017 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class, "Six Impossible Episodes: Soldiers, Snipers and Spies"

Che Guevara Executed - Oct. 9, 1967

Che Guevara was executed on this day in 1967.

Alvin York Captured Machine Gun Nest - Oct. 8, 1918

Alvin York led a group of soldiers to capture a German machine gun nest on this day in 1918. There's more in the October 3, 2018 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Desmond Tutu Born - Oct. 7, 1931

Desmond Tutu was born on this day in 1931.

First Peacetime Train Robbery in U.S. - Oct. 6, 1866

The Reno Brothers staged the first peacetime train robbery in the U.S. on this day in 1866.

Women's March on Versailles - Oct. 5, 1789

Women marched on Versailles on this day in 1789. There's more to the story in the February 8, 2017 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.