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A primary-sources web site which links to hand-selected pictures, documents, maps, 
and audio/visual clips from the world's leading libraries, archives and 
governmental web sites is now free to all libraries (public and academic), schools 
and educators.  It features the following stories for October dates/issues:  

1.  BIRD FLU.  Health-care providers worldwide are discussing cooperative measures 
to address Avian ("Bird") Flu.  Governments are concerned that the virus, H5N1, 
could cause a flu pandemic.  They want to prevent what happened with "Spanish Flu," 
which killed far more people (during 1918-1919) than World War I itself. 

2.  FALL OF JERUSALEM.  October 2, 1187:  Sultan Saladin captured Jerusalem from 
the Crusaders.

3.  GREAT CHICAGO FIRE.  October 8, 1871:  Chicago was not the only American city 
to catastrophically burn on this date.  So did Peshtigo, Wisconsin and Holland, 

4.  BENEDICT ARNOLD.  October 11, 1776:  Before he became a traitor, Benedict 
Arnold was a Revolutionary War hero.  On this date, his efforts (commanding the 
Continental Fleet) forced the British Navy to winter in Canada.

5.  BRITISH SURRENDER AT YORKTOWN.  October 19, 1781:  General Cornwallis 
surrendered at Yorktown, ending the American Revolutionary War.

6.  BATTLE FOR THE PHILIPPINES.  October 20, 1944:  Allied Forces Commander, 
General Douglas MacArthur, makes good his promise to the Philippine people:  "I 
shall return."

7.  CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS.  October 22, 1962:  Unclassified government documents 
show how close the world really came to nuclear war in the fall of 1962.  
Resolution of the missile crisis was President Kennedy's "finest hour."

8.  PROHIBITION.  October 28, 1919:  The U.S. Congress enforces prohibition of all 
alcoholic beverages.

9.  STOCK MARKET CRASH.  October 29, 1929:  When the stock market crashed, the 
"Great Depression" was not far behind.

10. PROTESTANT REFORMATION.  October 31, 1517:  Martin Luther, a German monk, had 
95 points of disagreement with the Catholic Church.  When he nailed those "95 
Theses" to the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg, he ushered in the 
Protestant Reformation.

Although this primary-sources website is subscription-based, it is free to all 
libraries, schools, educators and library media specialists.  Simply request an 
academic membership at the site's main URL: 

Carole Bos, J.D.
Grand Valley State University
Dean's Advisory Board

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