Friday, October 18, 2013


Friday, October  18, 2013
AP Highlight in History: 
On Oct. 18, 1962, Dr. James D. Watson of the United States and Dr. Francis Crick and Dr. Maurice Wilkins of Britain were named winners of the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology for their work in determining the double-helix molecular structure of DNA.
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On this date in:
1685King Louis XIV of France revoked the Edict of Nantes, which had established the legal toleration the Protestant Huguenots.
1867The United States took possession of Alaska from Russia.
1892The first long distance telephone line between Chicago and New York was opened.
1922The British Broadcasting Co., Ltd. (later the British Broadcasting Corp. of BBC) was founded.
1968The U.S. Olympic Committee suspended two black athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, for giving a "black power" salute as a protest during a victory ceremony in Mexico City.
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1972Congress passed the Clean Water Act, overriding President Richard M. Nixon's veto.
1977Reggie Jackson of the New York Yankees hit three home runs to lead New York to an 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the deciding Game 6 of the World Series.
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1982Former first lady Bess Truman died in Independence, Mo., at age 97.
2001Four defendants were convicted in New York for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.
2007Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan, ending eight years of self-imposed exile.
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme turns 53 years old today.
AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau
Chuck BerryRock musician87
Keith JacksonSportscaster85
Dawn WellsActress ("Gilligan's Island")75
Mike DitkaHall of Fame football coach, sportscaster74
Russ GiguereSinger, musician (The Association)70
Pam DawberActress ("Mork and Mindy")63
Martina NavratilovaTennis Hall of Famer57
Erin MoranActress ("Happy Days")53
Vincent SpanoActor51
Ne-YoR&B singer, actor34
Lindsey VonnU.S. Olympic skiier29
Zac EfronActor ("High School Musical" movies)26
Joy LaurenActress ("Desperate Housewives")24
Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis turns 52 years old today.
AP Photo/Joe Giblin
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