Week in History

This Week in History 10/18 – 10/24

October 18, 1867 the rules for American football were formulated in a meeting in New York among delegates from Columbia, Rutgers, Princeton, and Yale Universities.

On the same day in 1968, US athletes Tommi Smith and John Carlos gave “black power” salutes while receiving their Olympic medals.

October 20, 1977– A charter plane crashed in Mississippi, killing 3 members of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with their assistant road manager, the pilot, and the copilot. It was reported that the pilot and copilot were “ignorant” to issues with the plane prior to takeoff.

Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, Guitarist Steve Gaines, and Vocalist Cassie Gaines died in the crash

October 22, 1918– The cities of Baltimore and Washington ran out of coffins during the “Spanish Influenza” epidemic.

October 24, 1992– The Toronto Blue Jays won the world series, becoming the first baseball team from outside the US to win the series.

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