On This Day In History, 1 October

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World Events Today

  • Production of the Ford Model T, the most influential car of the 20th century, started today in 1908
  • The British Union of Fascists political party was formed by Oswald Mosley today in 1932, it was dissolved in 1940 shortly after the start of World War II
  • Walt Disney World in Florida opened today in 1971

Entertainment Events Today

  • The “Thrilla in Manila”, the third and final boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, occurred today in 1975, Ali won from a referee technical decision prior to the 15th round starting
  • The football legend Pelé played his last game today in 1977, it was an exhibition match between Cosmos and Santos
  • The Cartoon Network was launched today in 1992

Family Events Today

  • The Irish actor Richard Harris, who starred in many movies, including This Sporting Life and Gladiator, was born today in 1930 in Limerick
  • The English actress Dame Julie Andrews, most famous for her roles in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, was born today in 1935 in Surrey
  • The English footballer Duncan Edwards, who played for Manchester United and was one of the Busby Babes killed in the Munich air disaster, was born today in 1936 in Dudley

Main Event Today

  • The Nuremberg trials, a series of military tribunals held after World War II by the Allied forces, ended today in 1946, many of the German defendants were sentenced to death by hanging

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Homemade Cookies Day

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