October 20

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1720 – Caribbean pirate Calico Jack is captured by the Royal Navy. 1803 – The United States Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase. 1827 – In the Battle of Navarino, a combined Turkish and Egyptian fleet is defeated by British, French, and Russian naval forces in the last significant battle fought with wooden sailing ships. 1910 […]

October 18

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320 – Pappus of Alexandria, Greek philosopher, observes an eclipse of the Sun and writes a commentary on The Great Astronomer (Almagest). 1009 – The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a Christian church in Jerusalem, is completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks the Church’s foundations down to bedrock. 1081 – […]

October 17

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1091 – London tornado of 1091: A tornado thought to be of strength T8/F4 strikes the heart of London. 1558 – Poczta Polska, the Polish postal service, is founded. 1604 – Kepler’s Supernova: German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes a supernova in the constellation Ophiuchus. 1610 – French King Louis XIII is crowned in Reims Cathedral. […]

Paws to Reflect

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Le Pet Spa (300 Rector Place; entrance on South End Avenue, near West Thames Street) is celebrating Battery Park City’s recent designation as the pet-friendliest neighborhood in New York by partnering with the Animal Care Centers of New York City for a dog and cat adoption festival on Saturday, October 21, from noon to 4:00 […]

Moran M Logos Go Pink in October

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Astute river watchers may have noticed a slight change in the color field of the harbor recently. Of the many tugboats that ply the waters of New York harbor, the most familiar ones might be the Moran and McAllister company tugs, both red in color but identifiable by two distinct features.  While they both sport […]

October 16

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690 – Empress Wu Zetian ascends to the throne of the Tang dynasty and proclaims herself ruler of the Chinese Empire. 1384 – Jadwiga is crowned King of Poland, although she is a woman. 1590 – Carlo Gesualdo, composer, Prince of Venosa and Count of Conza, murders his wife, Donna Maria d’Avalos, and her lover […]

October 13

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54 – Emperor Claudius is poisoned to death under mysterious circumstances. His 17-year-old stepson Nero succeeds him. 1307 – Hundreds of Knights Templar in France are simultaneously arrested by agents of Phillip the Fair, to be later tortured into a “confession” of heresy. 1773 – The Whirlpool Galaxy is discovered by Charles Messier. 1792
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October 11

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1138 – A massive earthquake strikes Aleppo. 1614 – Adriaen Block ( of Block Island fame ) and 12 Amsterdam merchants petition the States General for exclusive trading rights in the New Netherland colony. 1809 – Along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee, explorer Meriwether Lewis dies under mysterious circumstances at an inn called Grinder’s Stand. […]

October 10

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680 – Battle of Karbala: Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad, is decapitated by forces under Caliph Yazid I. This is commemorated by Muslims as Aashurah. 1780 – The Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000-30,000 in the Caribbean. 1846 – Triton, the largest moon of the planet Neptune, is discovered by […]

October 6

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23 – Rebels kill and decapitate the Xin dynasty emperor Wang Mang two days after the capital Chang’an is sacked during a peasant rebellion. 1539 – Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto and his army enter the Apalachee capital of Anhaica (present-day Tallahassee, Florida) by force.. 1600 – Jacopo Peri’s Euridice, the earliest surviving opera,
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