Oct. 15, 1815
Napoleon Bonaparte began his exile on the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, one of the most isolated islands in the world. The island’s first airport is scheduled to open in 2015, but until then, the only way to travel to and from the island is the same today as it was in Napoleon’s day – by boat.
Oct. 16, 1869
The Tremont Hotel, at Tremont and Beacon streets in Boston, became the first hotel in the U.S. to install indoor plumbing and running water. Famous guests of the four-story hotel included Charles Dickens and Davy Crockett.
Oct. 17, 1888
The first issue of "National Geographic Magazine" was released at newsstands. Last year the magazine announced that it was being published worldwide in 34 languages, with a global circulation of 8.2 million.
Oct. 18, 1867
The Alaska Territory is formally transferred to the United States from Russian control.
Oct. 20, 1818
The United States and Britain establish the 49th Parallel as the boundary between Canada and the United States.
Oct. 21, 1790
The Tricolor becomes the official flag of France.