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On October fifth, 1947, President
delivered the first televised White House
In 1830, the 21st president of the
United States, Chester Arthur, was born in
In 1892, the
Dalton Gang, notorious for its train robberies,
was practically wiped out while attempting to rob
a pair of banks in Coffeyville, Kansas.
In 1937, President
Roosevelt called for a "quarantine" of
In 1941, former
Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, the
first Jewish member of the nation's highest
court, died in Washington DC at age 84.
In 1953, Earl
Warren was sworn in as the 14th chief justice of
the United States, succeeding Fred M. Vinson.
In 1962, the
Beatles' first hit, "Love Me Do," was
first released in the United Kingdom.
In 1970, British
trade commissioner James Richard Cross was
kidnapped in Canada by militant Quebec
separatists; he was released the following
In 1986, American
Eugene Hasenfus was captured by Sandinista
soldiers after the weapons plane he was flying in
was shot down over southern Nicaragua.
In 1988, Democrat
Lloyd Bentsen lambasted Republican Dan Quayle
during their vice-presidential debate, telling
Quayle, "Senator, you're no Jack
In 1989, a jury in
Charlotte, North Carolina, convicted former PTL
evangelist Jim Bakker of using his television
show to defraud followers.
Ten years ago: A
jury in Cincinnati acquitted an art gallery and
its director of obscenity charges stemming from
an exhibit of sexually graphic photographs by
Robert Mapplethorpe. The US House of
Representatives rejected a $500 billion budget
agreement forged by congressional leaders and the
Five years ago:
Seamus Heaney of Ireland won the 1995 Nobel Prize
in literature. Bosnia's combatants agreed to a
60-day cease-fire and new talks on ending their
three and a-half years of battle.
One year ago: It
was announced that MCI WorldCom Incorporated had
agreed to pay $115 billion for Sprint
Corporation. Two packed commuter trains collided
near London's Paddington Station, killing 31
"There are two kinds
of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind
you make up."
Rex Stout, American writer (1886-1975).