Saturday, October 4, 2014

Today in History: Saturday, October 04, 2014

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On Oct. 4, 1957, the Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first man-made satellite, into orbit.
 
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On this date in:
1822Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th president of the United States, was born in Delaware, Ohio.
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1895The first U.S. Open golf tournament was held, at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island.
1923Actor Charlton Heston was born John Charles Carter in Evanston, Ill.
1931The comic strip "Dick Tracy" by Chester Gould made its debut.
1957Jimmy Hoffa was elected president of the Teamsters Union.
1957"Leave It to Beaver" premiered on CBS.
1970Rock singer Janis Joplin, 27, was found dead of an accidental heroin overdose.
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1990German lawmakers held the first meeting of the reunified country's parliament in the Reichstag in Berlin.
1993Dozens of cheering, dancing Somalis dragged the body of an American soldier through the streets of Mogadishu.
2001Authorities said a man in Boca Raton, Fla., had contracted the inhaled form of anthrax; he died the following day.
2002John Walker Lindh, the so-called "American Taliban," was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a federal judge in Alexandria, Va.
2002Richard Reid pleaded guilty in a federal court to trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives hidden in his shoes.
2010The Supreme Court began a new era with three women serving together for the first time as Elena Kagan took her place at the end of the bench.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Susan Sarandon turns 68 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Sam HuffFootball Hall of Famer80
Eddie ApplegateActor ("The Patty Duke Show")79
Jackie CollinsAuthor77
Roy Blount Jr.Author73
Anne RiceAuthor73
Clifton DavisActor69
Chuck HagelSecretary of defense68
Mike MullenFormer joint chiefs of staff chairman68
Lee BlessingPlaywright65
Armand AssanteActor65
Christoph WaltzActor58
David W. HarperActor ("The Waltons")53
Jon SecadaSinger53
Liev SchreiberActor47
Alicia SilverstoneActress ("Clueless")38
Rachael Leigh CookActress35
Cubbie FinkRock musician (Foster the People)32
Jered WeaverBaseball player32
Dakota JohnsonActress25
Music producer Russell Simmons turns 57 years old today.
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