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Saturday Night Live makes its debut

October 2017

On Oct. 6, 1847, "Jane Eyre" is published by Charlotte Bronte under the pseudonym Currer Bell. At age 5, Bronte was sent to a boarding school. The harsh conditions — bad food, cold rooms and strict discipline — all were reflected in the boarding school portrayed in the novel.

On Oct. 7, 1960, the one-hour television drama "Route 66" debuts on CBS. The program followed two young men, Tod and Buz, as they drove across the country in a Corvette convertible looking for adventure.

On Oct. 8, 1956, New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen throws the first no-hitter in World Series history. Even better, it was a perfect game -- that is, there were no runs, no hits and no errors, and no batter reached first base.

On Oct. 9, 1936, harnessing the power of the mighty Colorado River, the Hoover Dam begins sending electricity over transmission lines spanning 266 miles of mountains and deserts to Los Angeles. At the time, the dam was the tallest in the world.

On Oct. 10, 1877, the U.S. Army holds a funeral with full military honors for Gen. George Armstrong Custer, who was killed the previous year at the Battle of Little Big Horn. Custer was buried at West Point, where he had graduated in 1861 at the bottom of his class.

On Oct. 11, 1975, "Saturday Night Live," a comedy sketch show featuring Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase and Gilda Radner, makes its debut on NBC. "SNL" would go on to become the longest-running, highest-rated show on late-night television.

On Oct. 12, 1915, British nurse Edith Cavell is executed by a German firing squad in Brussels after being court martialed for helping Allied soldiers to escape from Belgium during World War I.


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