Che Guevara Executed
On 9 October 1967, Che Guevara was executed by the Bolivian government, having been captured whilst in the country. Take a look back at his life with this archive collection.
The First Oktoberfest
On 12 October 1810, the first Oktoberfest was held in Munich, Germany. In 2015, 7.3 million litres of beer were served at the festival, enough to fill nearly three Olympic swimming pools! Celebrate the world’s largest Volksfestival with this archive collection.
The Surrender of Italy
The 13 October marks the 75th Anniversary of the announcement of Italy’s surrender during World War Two. The country signed the Armistice of Cassibile on 3 October, ending hostilities, though it was kept secret until the 13th. Upon the announcement, Italy declared war on Nazi Germany.
The Cuban Missile Crisis
On 14 October 1962, an American U2 spy plane photographed Soviet missiles being installed on Cuba, beginning the Cuban Missile Crisis. President Kennedy was notified on 16 October, after the presence of the missiles had been verified. Take a look back at the crisis here.
Transatlantic Flight of the Graf Zeppelin
The 15 October marks the 90th Anniversary of the Graf Zeppelin’s first Transatlantic flight. The airship made over 590 flights during its operating life, covering more than 1 million miles.
The Walt Disney Company is Founded
The 16 October marks the 95th Anniversary of the foundation of the Walt Disney Company. Take a look back at historic newsreel footage of Walt Disney, the company’s founder, and the colourful characters his company have created here.
Einstein Emigrates to America
The 17 October marks the 85th Anniversary of Einstein’s emigration to America. Fleeing persecution as a jew in Nazi Germany, Einstein took up a position at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, New Jersey. Take a look back at his life with this archive collection.
Alec Douglas-Home Becomes Prime Minister
The 18 October marks the 55th Anniversary of the resignation of Harold Macmillan as the British Prime Minister. He was succeeded by Alec Douglas-Home on 19 October. Take a look back at the changeover here.
China Enters the Korean War
On 19 October 1950, China entered the Korean War, with Chinese forces crossing the Yalu River in secret on the same day as Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, fell to UN forces. Take a look back at Chinese involvement in the conflict with this archive collection.
The First Code of American Football Rules Drafted
The 20 October marks the 145th Anniversary of the drafting of the first code of American Football rules by Yale, Princeton, Young and Rutgers Universities. Take a look at the sport with this archive collection.
Aachen Falls to the Allies
On 21 October 1944, during World War Two, the German city of Aachen fell to Allied forces. It was the first city on German soil to be captured by the Allies. Take a look back at the battle for the city here.