Rugby Team Eats Their Dead…..
October 13, 1972…..
A flight containing members of the Uruguayan Old Christians Rugby team crashes in the Andes. They would have to resort to cannibalism to survive the 72 days until their rescue. Only 16 of the 45 people on board survived. Twelve died in the crash or shortly thereafter; another five died by the next morning; and one more succumbed to injuries on the eighth day. Many had suffered injuries from the crash, including broken legs from the aircraft’s seats piling together. On October 29th, an avalanche cascaded down on the survivors as they slept in the fuselage, killing eight more. Others died of their injuries and exposure.
Their ordeal is the basis for the 1993 film Alive.
Martin Luther King Awarded the Nobel Prize…..
October 14, 1964……
The black civil-rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Statue of Liberty……
October 15, 1924……
The 151-foot-high gift from the French people is proclaimed a national monument. Its famous poem, by Emma Lazarus, inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty contains the famous lines,
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”