Today in History

Today in History


Today is Friday, Oct. 10, the 283rd day of 2003. There are 82 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 10, 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, accused of accepting bribes, pleaded no contest to one count of federal income tax evasion and resigned his office.

On this date:

In 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Md.

In 1886, the tuxedo dinner jacket made its American debut at the autumn ball in Tuxedo Park, N.Y.

In 1911, revolutionaries under Sun Yat-sen overthrew China's Manchu dynasty.

In 1935, George Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess" opened on Broadway.

In 1938, Germany completed its annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.

In 1943, Chiang Kai-shek took the oath of office as president of China.

In 1970, Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte was kidnapped by the Quebec Liberation Front, a militant separatist group. Laporte's body was found about a week later.

In 1978, President Carter signed a bill authorizing the Susan B. Anthony dollar.

In 1981, funeral services were held in Cairo for Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat, who had been assassinated by Muslim extremists.

In 1985, U.S. fighter jets forced an Egyptian plane carrying the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship "Achille Lauro" to land in Italy, where the gunmen were taken into custody.

Ten years ago: Thousands of Somalis demonstrated in the capital of Mogadishu to support warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid, an event that coincided with the arrival of special U.S. envoy Robert Oakley. In Greece, the Panhellenic Socialist Movement, led by Andreas Papandreou, won a solid majority of seats in parliamentary elections.

Five years ago: Former Defense Secretary and presidential adviser Clark M. Clifford died at age 91.

One year ago: The House voted 296-133 to give President Bush the broad authority he'd sought to use military force against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, with or without U.N. support. Two executives who'd overseen WorldCom's financial record-keeping pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a federal probe of the company's multibillion-dollar accounting scandal. Hungarian novelist and Holocaust survivor Imre Kertesz won the Nobel Prize in literature.

Today's Birthdays: Playwright Harold Pinter is 73. Former Illinois Sen. Adlai Stevenson III is 73. Actor Peter Coyote is 61. Entertainer Ben Vereen is 57. Singer John Prine is 57. Actor Charles Dance is 57. Rock singer-musician Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers) is 55. Actress Jessica Harper is 54. Singer-musician Midge Ure is 50. Singer David Lee Roth is 48. Country singer Tanya Tucker is 45. Actress Julia Sweeney is 44. Actor Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing") is 44. Musician Martin Kemp is 42. Rock musician Jim Glennie (James) is 40. Actress Rebecca Pidgeon is 38. Rock musician Mike Malinin (Goo Goo Dolls) is 36. Actor Mario Lopez is 30. Actress Jodi Lyn O'Keefe is 25. Singer Mya is 24.

Thought for Today: "At every single moment of one's life one is what one is going to be no less than what one has been." - Oscar Wilde, Irish poet and dramatist (1856-1900).


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