#OnThisDay: Oct. 23 – 29

#OnThisDay: Oct. 23 – Oct. 29, 2020

Discovery Park of America is filled with artifacts, replicas, history, science, art and more. Our mission is to inspire children and adults to see beyond, and we do so by sharing educational content online and throughout our museum.

We share weekly updates on anniversaries and significant moments in history, and where you can find items related to these dates through our museum and heritage park.

STEM Landing

  • Oct. 25, 1671 (349th anniversary) – Giovanni Cassini discovered Lapetus, a satellite of Saturn.
  • Oct. 29, 1998 (22nd anniversary) – Senator John Glenn, Jr., returned to space as a payload specialist aboard the space shuttle Discovery. At 77 years of age, Glenn was the oldest human ever to travel in space.

The Settlement

  • Oct. 27, 1873 (147th anniversary) – This is the anniversary of Susan Godsey’s death. Her story is told in the Sleeping Beauty Cabin at Discovery Park.

Women’s Suffrage Exhibit

  • Oct. 23, 1850 (170th anniversary) – The first National Women’s Rights Convention was held on this day.

Military Gallery

  • Oct. 25, 1940 (80th anniversary) – Benjamin O. Davis became the first African America General in the U.S. Army during World War II.

International/National History

  • Oct. 24, 1945 (75th anniversary) – The United Nations was founded on this day.
  • Oct. 28, 1886 (134th anniversary) – President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty.