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On October sixth, 1927, the era of
talking pictures arrived with the opening of
"The Jazz Singer," starring Al Jolson,
a movie which featured both silent and
On this date:
In 1884, the Naval War College was
established in Newport, Rhode Island.
In 1889, the
Moulin Rouge in Paris first opened its doors to
In 1891, Charles
Stewart Parnell, the "Uncrowned King of
Ireland," died in Brighton, England.
In 1939, in an
address to the Reichstag, Adolf
Hitler denied having any intention of war
against France and Britain.
In 1949, President
Truman signed the Mutual Defense Assistance Act,
totaling $1.3 billion in military aid to NATO
In 1973, war
erupted in the Middle East as Egypt and Syria
attacked Israel during the Yom Kippur holiday.
In 1979, Pope John
Paul the Second, on a week-long US tour, became
the first pontiff to visit the White House, where
he was received by President Carter.
In 1981, Egyptian
President Anwar Sadat was shot to death by
extremists while reviewing a military parade.
In 1983, Cardinal
Terence Cooke, the spiritual head of the
Archdiocese of New York, died at age 62.
In 1989, actress
Bette Davis died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, at
Ten years ago:
President Bush vetoed stopgap spending
legislation passed by Congress following the
collapse of a deficit-reducing budget agreement.
The space shuttle "Discovery" blasted
off on a four-day mission.
Five years ago:
Boeing Company's largest group of union workers
went on a 69-day strike after voting down a new
three-year contract offer. President Clinton
delivered an address in which he defended his
stewardship of US foreign policy and spoke out
against what he said was a spreading mood of
One year ago: In
Mexico, furious rains sent swollen rivers raging
through the streets of the Gulf coast city of
Villahermosa and caused mudslides; dozens of
deaths were reported in eastern Mexico's coastal
mountain ranges. The NFL awarded its newest
franchise to Houston instead of Los Angeles,
leaving the second-largest TV market in the
nation without a football team.
but wisdom lingers."
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892).