Sadie Hawkins Day
Cartoonist Al Capp, creator of the Li'l Abner cartoon strip, conceived of a day in fictitious Dogpatch, USA, when all unmarried ladies (including the character Sadie Hawkins) could pursue their men. If the men were caught, marriage was unavoidable. The idea took off in real life—and in November 1938, the first recorded "girls-ask-boys" Sadie Hawkins Day dance was held. Today, the observance is usually celebrated on a Saturday in early November.
Born 1794: William Cullen Bryant (poet)
Born 1801: Vincenzo Bellini (composer)
1817: Canada's first chartered bank, Bank of Montreal, opened
1868: Ulysses S. Grant elected president of the U.S.
1883: In California, the poet and outlaw calling himself "Black Bart" made his last robbery when he stole a Wells Fargo strongbox from a stagecoach. A handkerchief left at the scene led to his arrest
1900: The first automobile show in the United States opened at New York's Madison Square Garden under the auspices of the Automobile Club of America
Born 1903: Walker Evans (photographer)
1908: William Howard Taft elected as president of the U.S.
1914: Mary Jacob received a patent for a brassiere
Born 1921: Charles Bronson (actor)
Died 1926: Annie Oakley (sharpshooter)
1930: Detroit-Windsor tunnel opened
Born 1933: Michael Dukakis (politician)
1936: President Franklin D. Roosevelt reelected for second term
Born 1949: Larry Holmes (boxer)
Born 1953: Kate Capshaw (actress)
Died 1954: Henri Matisse (artist)
1957: The U.S.S.R. launched space satellite Sputnik II, carrying a dog
Born 1960: Charles Kiraly (volleyball champion)
1975: Good Morning America debuted with co-hosts David Hartman and Nancy Dussault
Died 1990: Mary Martin (actress)
1992: Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton was elected 42nd President of the US. Five women won Senate seats, including Democrat Carol Moseley-Braun, who became the first African-American woman senator
Died 1998: Bob Kane (creator of the comic, Batman)
Born 2010: Giant panda cub at Zoo Atlanta
Died 2011: Bob Forsch (baseball pitcher)
2013: Total eclipse of the Sun.
Died 2014: Tom Magliozzi (co-host of Car Talk NPR national radio program, run with his brother Ray)