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Oct. 18

1931: Thomas Alva Edison, one of the most prolific inventors in history, dies in West Orange, New Jersey, at the age of 84.

Oct. 19

1982: Automaker John Z. DeLorean is arrested and charged with conspiracy to obtain and distribute 55 pounds of cocaine.

Oct. 20

1947: The notorious Red Scare kicks into high gear in Washington, as a Congressional committee begins investigating Communist influence in one of the world’s richest and most glamorous communities, Hollywood.

Oct. 21

1941: German soldiers go on a rampage, killing thousands of Yugoslavian civilians, including whole classes of schoolboys.

Oct. 22

1975: Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, is given a “general” discharge by the air force after publicly declaring his homosexuality.

Oct. 23

1998: Doctor Barnett Slepian is shot to death inside his home in Amherst, New York, by an anti-abortion radical, marking the fifth straight year that a doctor who was willing to perform abortions in upstate New York and Canada had been the victim of a sniper attack.

Oct. 24

1969: Movie star Richard Burton dazzles wife Elizabeth Taylor, and their legions of fans, when he buys her a 69-carat Cartier diamond ring costing $1.5 million.

Source: history.com

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