This Week in History Issue #2 (October 3-9)

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This Week in History Issue #2 (October 3-9)

Photograph of John Lennon

Photograph of John Lennon

Photo Courtesy of BBC

Photograph of John Lennon

Photo Courtesy of BBC

Photo Courtesy of BBC

Photograph of John Lennon

Michael Finnen, Staff Writer

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Welcome Oratory to issue #2 of This Week in History, a series in which I cover the historical events which have taken place in the past week. Thank you to everyone who chose to read this article. Once again, in order for this article to not be long or boring, I will cover only the events which I believe were the most important. With no further delay, I will get right into the history.

October 4:
  • In 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first-ever satellite to be launched into orbit. This was revolutionary and began the Space Age of human history. This event shook America and would begin a space race, only ending when America sent Apollo 11, putting the first humans on the moon.
October 5:
  • One of the most famous Native American leaders, Tecumseh, was killed in 1813. Tecumseh was a Shawnee Indian known to be a great speaker who sided with Great Britain during the War of 1812. There are many varying accounts of Tecumseh’s death, but he is still revered as a great warrior who resisted outsiders taking Indian land until his demise.
October 6:
  • The first-ever “talkie” was aired in 1927. A talkie was a movie with sound, thus the word talkie, which talked, and movies, which moved. This sounds unimportant, but it has now become the basis of every movie you have ever seen. This movie was called The Jazz Singer, and without it, we may never have experienced movies with sound.
October 9:
  • One of the most famous musicians ever, John Lennon, was born in 1940. As the lead singer of The Beatles, Lennon became one of the most famous musicians in history. Lennon would later be murdered at the age of 40 in 1980.
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