Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Today in History: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

AP Highlight in History: 
On Oct. 7, 2001, the United States and Britain launched air strikes against Taliban positions and Osama bin Laden's training camps in Afghanistan; bin Laden praised God for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in a videotaped statement aired on the Arabic satellite station Al-Jazeera.
AP Photo/Alexander Merkushev
On this date in:
1765The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England.
1849Author Edgar Allan Poe died at age 40.
1868Cornell University was inaugurated in Ithaca, N.Y.
1879Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky was born Lev Davidovich Bronshtein in Yanovka, Ukraine.
1949The Republic of East Germany was formed.
1954Marian Anderson became the first black singer hired by New York's Metropolitan Opera.
1963President John F. Kennedy signed the documents of ratification for a nuclear test ban treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union.
1968The Motion Picture Association of America adopted a film-rating system.
1981Egypt's parliament named Vice President Hosni Mubarak to succeed the assassinated Anwar Sadat.
1982The musical "Cats" opened on Broadway, beginning its record run of 7,485 performances.
1985Palestinian gunmen hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean with more than 400 people aboard.
1996Fox News Channel made its debut.
1998Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was beaten, robbed and left tied to a wooden fence post outside Laramie, Wyo.; he died five days later.
2001Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants wrapped up his record-breaking season with his 73rd home run.
2003California voters recalled Gov. Gray Davis and elected actor Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace him.
2006Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist who had chronicled Russian military abuses against civilians in Chechnya, was found shot to death in Moscow.
2008The Federal Reserve annouced a radical plan to buy massive amounts of short-term debt, known as commercial paper, to get credit markets moving again.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
TV personality Simon Cowell ("American Idol") turns 55 years old today.
AP Photo/Joel Ryan
Desmond TutuArchbishop, Nobel Peace Prize winner83
Oliver NorthFormer National Security Council aide71
John MellencampRock singer, musician63
Yo-Yo MaCellist59
Dylan BakerActor56
Toni BraxtonR&B singer47
Taylor HicksSinger ("American Idol")38
Charles WoodsonFootball player38
Evan LongoriaBaseball player29
Ding Bat Dumb-ass Comedian, TV host Joy Behar ("The View") turns 72 years old today.
AP Photo/Peter Kramer
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