...1867... A hurricane struck Galveston, Texas. The storm tide did $1 million in damage.
...1882... An early season windstorm over Oregon and northern California blew down thousands of trees and caused great crop damage in the Sacramento Valley.
...1893... A major hurricane struck the Louisiana Delta area. Winds exceeded 100 mph and a 12 foot storm surge inundated the bayous resulting in the deaths of 1500 people.
...1898... A hurricane struck the Georgia coast washing away Campbell Island.
...1913... The remnants of Hurricane 5 passed well to the southeast of southern New England. Newport, Rhode Island received .76 inches of rain.
...1920... At Newport, Rhode Island today started the longest consecutive streak of no measurable precipitation of 26 days that ended on October 27 1920.
...1927... The high temperature topped out at 84 degrees at Newport, Rhode Island. It was later tied in 1954.
...1959... A tornado struck the town of Ivy VA (located near Charlottesville). Eleven persons were killed, including ten from one family.
...1980... The temperature at Canyon CA soared to 88 degrees, an October record for that location.
...1981... Severe thunderstorms raked Phoenix AZ with heavy rain, high winds, and hail up to an inch and a half in diameter, for the second day in a row. Thunderstorms on the 1st deluged Phoenix with .68 inch of rain in five minutes, equaling their all-time record.
...1987... A fast moving cold front produced snow flurries from Minnesota to the Appalachian Mountains, and gale force winds behind the front ushered cold air into the Great Lakes Region. Valentine NE reported a record low of 25 degrees. Temperatures recovered rapidly in the Northern High Plains Region, reaching the lower 80s by afternoon. Jackson WY warmed from a morning low of 21 degrees to an afternoon high of 76 degrees.
...1988... Early morning thunderstorms in Georgia produced three inches of rain at Canton and Woodstock.
...1989... Flooding due to thunderstorm rains in the southeastern U.S. on the last day of September and the first day of October caused the Etowah River to rise seven feet above flood stage at Canton GA. Thunderstorms produced up to ten inches of rain in northeastern Georgia, with six inches reported at Athens GA in 24 hours. One man was killed, and another man was injured, when sucked by floodwaters into drainage lines.
...2003... Record warmth continued in Alaska. The following locations set all-time record highs for October: Delta Junction - 74 degrees, Fort Yukon - 70 degrees, Eagle - 69 degrees, and Northway - 68 degrees.