Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today in History: Thursday, October 16, 2014


AP Highlight in History: 
On Oct. 16, 1962, the Cuban missile crisis began as President John F. Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba.
 
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On this date in:
1793Marie Antoinette was beheaded during the French Revolution.
1859Abolitionist John Brown, hoping to start an anti-slavery rebellion, led a raid on a federal armory at Harpers Ferry in present-day West Virginia.
1888Playwright Eugene O'Neill was born in New York City.
1964China detonated its first atomic bomb.
1969The New York Mets, a previously hapless expansion team, won the World Series 4 games to 1 over American League powerhouse the Baltimore Orioles. 
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1970Anwar Sadat was elected president of Egypt, succeeding the late Gamal Abdel Nasser.
1973Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho, who negotiated a cease-fire in the Vietnam War, were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize; Tho declined the award.
1978Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla was elected pope by the Roman Catholic Church's College of Cardinals; he took the name John Paul II.
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1984Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
1987Rescuers freed Jessica McClure, an 18-month-old girl who had been trapped in an abandoned well for 58 hours in Midland, Texas.
1995A vast throng of black men gathered in Washington for the "Million Man March" led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
1998David Trimble and John Hume were named recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize for brokering the Northern Ireland peace accord.
2002President George W. Bush signed a congressional resolution authorizing war against Iraq.
2011The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial was formally dedicated in Washington, D.C.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actress Angela Lansbury ("Murder, She Wrote") turns 89 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Gunter GrassNobel Prize-winning author87
Suzanne SomersActress ("Three's Company")68
Tim RobbinsActor56
Bob MouldRock musician (Husker Du)54
FleaRock musician (Red Hot Chili Peppers)52
Wendy WilsonSinger (Wilson Phillips)45
Kellie MartinActress ("Life Goes On")39
John MayerRock musician37
Sue BirdBasketball player34
Bryce HarperBaseball player22
Rock musician Bob Weir (Grateful Dead) turns 67 years old today.
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