October 9, 1635 -- Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, was banished from Massachusetts because he had spoken out against punishments for religious offenses and giving away land that belonged to the Indians. Williams had founded Providence, Rhode Island as a place for people to seek religious freedom.
October 9, 1701 -- The Collegiate School of Connecticut was chartered in New Haven. The name was later changed to Yale.
October 9, 1776 -- A group of Spanish missionaries settle in what is now San Francisco, CA.
October 9, 1781 -- The last major battle of the American Revolutionary War took place in Yorktown, VA. The American forces, led by George Washington, defeated the British troops under Lord Cornwallis.
October 9, 1812 -- During the War of 1812 American forces captured two British brigs, the Detroit and the Caledonia.
October 9, 1855 -- Isaac Singer patented the sewing machine motor.
October 9, 1855 -- Joshua C. Stoddard received a patent for his calliope.
October 9, 1858 -- Mail service via stagecoach between San Francisco, CA and St. Louis, MO began.
October 9, 1872 -- Aaron Montgomery started his mail order business with the delivery of the first mail order catalog. The firm later became Montgomery Wards.
October 9, 1876 -- Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson made their longest telephone call to date. It was a distance of two miles.
October 9, 1888 -- The public was admitted to the Washington Monument for the first time.
October 9, 1914 -- During World War I, German forces captured Antwerp, Belgium.
October 9, 1919 -- The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series. The win would be later tainted when 8 Chicago White Sox were charged with throwing the game. The incident became known as the "Black Sox" scandal.
October 9, 1936 -- The first generator at Boulder Dam began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles, CA. The name of the dam was later changed to Hoover Dam.
October 9, 1940 -- St. Paul's Cathedral in London was bombed by the Nazis. The dome was unharmed in the bombing.
October 9, 1943 -- "Land of the Lost" debuted on ABC radio.
October 9, 1946 -- The first electric blanket went on sale in Petersburg, VA.
October 9, 1963 -- Over 2,000 people were killed in northeast Italy when the Vaiont Dam was overrun by water. The incident was caused by a landslide that occurred behind the dam.
October 9, 1974 -- Oskar Schindler died in Frankfurt, Germany. Schindler is credited with saving about 1200 Jews' lives during the Holocaust.
October 9, 1994 -- The US sent troops and warships to the Persian Gulf in response to Saddam hussein sending thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks toward the Kuwaiti border.
October 9, 1995 -- saboteurs tinkered with a stretch of railroad track in Arizona. An Amtrak trail derailed and killed one, injuring a hundred.
October 9, 2000 -- Brett Hull (Dallas Stars) scored his 611th National Hockey League goal. The goal allowed him to pass his father, Bobby Hull, on the all time scoring list bringing him to number 9.
October 9, 2003 -- Britain's Queen Elizabeth II knighted Roger Moore and made Sting a Commander of the British Empire.