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by Allen J. Sheinman | September 30, 2013

Here's a look at some select landmark happenings in the month soon to start.

Oct. 1, 1961: The New York Yankees' Roger Maris hit his 61st home run of the season, which unofficially still stands as the most hit without the likely help of performance-boosting substances.

Oct. 1, 1971: Walt Disney World opened in Orlando.

Oct. 2, 1950: A comic strip called Peanuts, by artist Charles Schulz, began its long run in newspapers. The last original strip ran on Feb. 14, 2000, a few hours after an ailing Schulz died.

Oct. 2, 1959: The Twilight Zone, brainchild of dramatist Rod Serling, embarked on a five-season run on TV.

Oct. 5, 1921: The World Series was broadcast on radio for the first time. It was an early "subway series" between the New York Giants and the New York Yankees, and an experimental best-five-of-nine competition, which the Giants won, five games to three.

Oct. 6, 1889: In his West Orange, N.J., laboratory, Thomas Edison debuted his latest invention (actually developed by his assistant, W.K.L. Dickson), called the Kinetophone. Many sources regard it as the first official showing of a movie, and it even had a synchronized sound accompaniment courtesy of another of Edison's gadgets, the phonograph.

Oct. 7, 1849: Nevermore: Writer/poet Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore at age 40.

Oct. 7, 1968: Thanks in part to what Edison wrought, the Motion Picture Association of America adopted its first film ratings.

Oct. 14, 1964: Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Oct. 15, 1951: I Love Lucy began its wildly popular six-season run on TV.

Oct. 17, 1931: Some things you just can't get away with: Al Capone, a seasoned practitioner of murder, extortion and racketeering, was finally convicted -- of income tax evasion, effectively ending his career.

Oct. 22, 1962: President John F. Kennedy announced the air and naval blockade of Cuba after learning that Soviet missile bases had been constructed on the island. The confrontation ended six days later, when Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agreed to dismantle the weapons.

Oct. 23, 1915: Some 25,000 women marched in New York City to demand the right to vote. It would take another five years of protests for the 19th Amendment to make it possible.

Oct. 29, 1929: The New York Stock Exchange crashed on what came to be known as Black Tuesday, marking the start of the decade-long Great Depression.

Oct. 31, 1926: Magician Harry Houdini died from complications of a ruptured appendix.

Source: Meetings & Conventions