Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Today in History: Wednesday, October 08, 2014

AP Highlight in History: 
On Oct. 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire erupted. The blaze destroyed four square miles of the city, killing about 250 people and leaving some 90,000 homeless.
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On this date in:
1869Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States, died in Concord, N.H., at age 64.
1918American Army Sgt. Alvin York almost single-handedly killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 in the Argonne Forest in France.
1944"The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" debuted on CBS Radio.
1945President Harry S. Truman announced that the secret of the atomic bomb would be shared only with Britain and Canada.
1956Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series as the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0 in Game 5.
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1959Margaret Thatcher was first elected to the British Parliament as a Conservative representing the north London suburb of Finchley.
1970Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was named winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.
1982Poland banned all labor organizations, including Solidarity.
1985The hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro killed American passenger Leon Klinghoffer and dumped his body and wheelchair overboard.
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2001Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge was sworn in as director of the new Office of Homeland Security.
2004Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reported to prison to begin serving a sentence for lying about a stock sale.
2005A major earthquake flattened villages on the Pakistan-India border, killing an estimated 86,000 people.
2011Al Davis, the Hall of Fame owner of the Oakland Raiders, died at age 82.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Matt Damon turns 44 years old today.
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Rona BarrettEntertainment reporter78
Fred StolleTennis Hall of Famer76
Paul HoganActor ("Crocodile Dundee" movies)75
Jesse JacksonCivil rights leader73
Chevy ChaseActor, comedian71
R.L. StineAuthor71
Sigourney WeaverActress65
Darrell HammondComedian ("Saturday Night Live")59
Stephanie ZimbalistActress58
Emily ProcterActress ("CSI: Miami")46
Kristanna LokenActress35
Bruno MarsSinger, songwriter29
Angus T. JonesActor ("Two and a Half Men")21
Actor-TV host Nick Cannon ("America's Got Talent") turns 34 years old today.
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