October 7, 1765 -- 9 American colonies sent a total of 28 delegates to New York City for the Stamp Act Congress. The delegates adopted the "Declaration of Rights and Grievances."
October 7, 1777 -- During the American Revolution, the second Battle of Saratoga began.
October 7, 1780 -- At Kings Mountain, North Carolina, the Patriots defeated major Ferguson's force who was charged with protecting Loyalist ouposts. The Patriot success convinced British General Cornwallis to stop his march through the territory.
October 7, 1862 -- Lee Bivens was born. He became a prominent rancher in Amarillo, TX. By the 1920's it was said that he was the largest individual cattle owner in the world.
October 7, 1868 -- Cornell University was inaugurated in Ithaca, NY.
October 7, 1868 -- In Boston, TX, Freedman's Bureau agent William G. Kirkman was assassinated by outlaw Cullen Baker.
October 7, 1871 -- Massive fire burns in Wisconsin. Over the course of the next day, 1200 people lost their lives and 2 billion trees were consume
October 7, 1913 -- for the first time, Henry Ford's entire Highland Park automobile factory was run on a continuously moving assembly line when the chassis was added to the process.
October 7, 1918 -- The Georgia Tech football team defeated Cumberland College 222-0! Georgia Tech carried the ball 978 yards and NEVER threw a pass.
October 7, 1949 -- The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) was formed.
October 7, 1950 -- The US led UN forces crossed the 38th parallel and entered North Korea.
October 7, 1950 -- The "Frank Sinatra Show" debuted.
October 7, 1957 -- RCA Victor announced that they had already received 500,000 advance orders for Elvis' Christmas album.
October 7, 1960 -- the first episode of "Route 66" airs on CBS.
October 7, 1968 -- the Motion Picture Association of America adopted the film-rating system that ranged from "G" to "X".
October 7, 1982 -- a record was set when 147,000,000 shares were exchanged on the New York Stock Exchange.
October 7, 1985 -- The United States announced that it would no longer automatically comply with World Court decisions.
October 7, 1989 -- In Budapest, Hungary's Communist Party renounced Marxism in favor of democratic socialism.
October 7, 1993 -- President Clinton sent more troops, heavy armor, and naval firepower to Somalia.
October 7, 1994 -- President Clinton dispatched an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf when Iraqi troops were spotted moving toward Kuwait. The US Army was also put on alert.
October 7, 2001 -- Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) hit his 73rd home run of the season and set a new major league record.
October 7, 2001 -- The US and Great Britian began airstrikes in Afghanistan in response to that state's support of terrorism and Osama bin Laden. The act was the first military action taken in response to the terrorist attacks on the US on September 11, 2001.
October 7, 2003 -- Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California.
October 7, 2003 -- Randy Quaid received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
October 7, 2004 -- Billy Bob Thorton received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.