Marilyn Grace Bell Di Lascio - long distance swimmer, born October in Toronto, Ontario. She was the first person to swim across Lake Ontario and later swam the English Channel and Strait of Juan de Fuca.
October Erasmus Jacobs, fifteen, discovers what he calls a “pretty pebble” on a bank of the Orange River near Hopetown, South Africa. The “pretty pebble” is later to be revealed as a gem that is called the Eureka Diamond (above).
November 30, 1942: Ira H. Hayes, nineteen, graduates from Parachute Training School and receives his silver "jump wings." A full-blooded Pima Indian, he will be photographed with five others in Joe Rosenthal's iconic 1945 picture of Marines raising the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima.