Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Today in History: Wednesday, October 15, 2014


AP Highlight in History: 
On Oct. 15, 1969, peace demonstrators staged activities across the country, including a candlelight march around the White House, as part of a moratorium against the Vietnam War.
 
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On this date in:
1860Eleven-year-old Grace Bedell of Westfield, N.Y., wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln, suggesting he could improve his appearance by growing a beard.
1946Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering fatally poisoned himself hours before he was to have been executed.
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1951The situation comedy "I Love Lucy" premiered on CBS.
1964It was announced that Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev had been removed from office.
1976Democrat Walter F. Mondale and Republican Bob Dole faced off in the first debate between vice-presidential nominees.
1990Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev was named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
1990South Africa's Separate Amenities Act, which had barred blacks from public facilities for decades, was scrapped.
1991The Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, 52-48.
1993Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end apartheid in South Africa.
2002ImClone Systems founder Sam Waksal pleaded guilty in New York in the biotech company's insider trading scandal.
2005Iraqis voted to approve a constitution.
2007The New York Yankees and third baseman Alex Rodriguez agreed on a record 10-year, $275 million contract, the richest in sports history.
2009A false report that a 6-year-old boy was aboard a runaway balloon in Colorado captivated a global TV audience. (The boy's parents later pleaded guilty to charges they made up the story.)
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Linda Lavin ("Alice") turns 77 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Lee IacoccaFormer Chrysler chairman90
Barry McGuireRock singer79
Penny MarshallActress, director71
Jim PalmerBaseball Hall of Famer69
Richard CarpenterSinger, musician (The Carpenters)68
Larry MillerActor61
Jere BurnsActor60
Tanya RobertsActress59
Sarah FergusonDuchess of York55
Emeril LagasseTV chef55
Eric BenetR&B singer48
Paige DavisTV host ("Trading Spaces")45
Dominic WestActor ("The Wire")45
GinuwineR&B singer44
Singer Tito Jackson (The Jackson Five) turns 61 years old today.
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