On the 30th of October 1864, Helena, later Montana, USA’s capital, was officially founded.
Helena in either 1870 or 1872
The city was founded after the discovery of gold in the area in July the same year. A small group of men met and selected the name on the day of the official founding. By that time the town had grown to a population of more than two-hundred.
As it was the day before Halloween, other names that were suggested included Pumpkinville and Squashtown.
On the 27th of October, 1904, New York’s first subway line opened. It came three and a half decades after the city’s first elevated train was run. The first day of the subway line saw more than 150 000 passengers pay $0.05 for a journey on the train.
On the 23rd of October, 1850, America’s first National Women’s Rights Convention began in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Another of the organisers, Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis.
Some 900 people turned up for the first session, and thousands turned up from all over the country – including California – for other events over the two days the convention ran for.
Many more were turned away as the event was a great success.
Amongst the requests the delegates made were for voting rights, the right to education and employment opportunities, and more extensive rights with regards to property ownership. It was also requested that the word “male” was struck from state constitutions. Rights were also requested for women in slavery.
The convention inspired women in other countries to take action.
As you’ve probably seen all over the news and the internet, today is the day Back to the Future officially becomes something set entirely in the past. The iconic 1980s film franchise got the year 2015 a little wrong…
Marty McFly arrives in the year 2015 at 4:29pm on the 21st of October. Which would be right now.
Of course, as he’s over on the west coast of the United States, there’s still a whole day to go before the official time, but I don’t care – I’m going by the time it is here, on Australia’s east coast!