On October 7th

What if these cats moved into your house – and stayed 18 years? And how about the one guy in history that made a way for you to keep your cool through anything? What does an insignificant poor boy from Russia have to do with the world we live in? These are questions that today’s history can answer, while bringing along some tragedy, American conflict, and a group of people with more than 100 years in the air. Check it out!

Famous Historical Events

Oldest Airline. In 1919 the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was established. It is the oldest airline still in existence today, operating currently with over 35,000 employees and a fleet of more than 120 planes.

Cats In The House. In 1982 the Broadway musical “Cats” opened at Winter Garden Theater. Based on the book “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T. S. Eliot, the show became an instant hit. Cats is the fourth longest-running Broadway show in history, sustaining more than 7,000 performances during its run of 18 years.

Tragedy In India. In 1737, sometime between the 7th and the 11th of October, a tropical cyclone struck the Ganges River Delta south of Calcutta, India, creating 40-foot waves that pummeled the entire area and destroyed everything in their path. Before dissipating, the storm traveled over 200 miles further inland and is believed to have killed a total of more than 300,000 people.

American Proclamation. In 1763 King George III issued the Proclamation of 1763, prohibiting American settlers from moving westward into the new lands. This was done partially to appease the Native American tribes, and also to attempt to protect the current colonies from additional conflicts with the natives.

War In Afghanistan. In 2001 the United States invaded Afghanistan in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11 of the same year. The effort, named “Operation Enduring Freedom”, was backed by several other nations including France, Germany, Canada and Australia and was designed to target notorious terrorist Osama bin Laden and his organization.

True Story. In 1971 the American action movie “The French Connection” was released, quickly becoming a film standard in most markets and winning many Academy Awards including Best Picture. Based on actual events from Robin Moore’s book “The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy.”, the movie is considered one of the must-see films of all time.

Famous Birthdays

1952: Vladimir Putin

On this date in 1952, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was born. He grew up in a poor family, but worked hard through his education to become an intelligence officer for the KGB. From that position, he advanced into politics and has served as either the President or the Prime Minister of Russia since the year 2000.

1959: Simon Cowell

Simon Phillip Cowell was born on this date in 1959 in Lambeth, London. Most noted for his role as an entertainment judge on the television show “America’s Got Talent”, he is also an A&R executive, television producer, and entertainment critic.

1951: John Cougar Mellencamp

In 1951 world-renown musician, singer, songwriter, poet and actor John Cougar Mellencampwas born in Seymour, Indiana. He started his first band at the age of 14, and from there went on to become an American icon of heartland rock and roll.

Famous Deathdays

1849: Edgar Allan Poe

Famous for such works as “The Raven”, “The Masque of the Red Death,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher”, Edgar Allan Poe is considered one of the most prominent American writers of the 19th century.

1950: Willis Carrier

Probably the coolest dude in history, Willis Carrier was the engineer responsible for inventing modern air conditioning systems. He designed and built the first air conditioner himself, and later created a company bearing his name to manufacture and market his temperature control products.