Oct. 11, 1975
NBC shakes up late-night TV with the premiere of "NBC's Saturday Night" (it would not be called "Saturday Night Live" until the following year). Hosted by George Carlin, the show introduced America to the Not Ready for Prime Time Players, including Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi and Gilda Radner.
Oct. 14, 1947
Even though people thought it was impossible, Air Force Capt. Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound. Because the project was top-secret, the world would not learn of Yeager's feat until the following summer.