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On October seventh, 1982, the
Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical "Cats," featuring the popular song
"Memory," opened on Broadway. (The show
closed this past September tenth after a record
On this date:
In 1777, the second Battle of Saratoga began
during the American Revolution. (British forces
under General John Burgoyne surrendered ten days
In 1849, author
Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore, Maryland, at
In 1940, Artie
Shaw and his Orchestra recorded Hoagy
Carmichael's "Stardust" for RCA Victor.
In 1949, the
Republic of East Germany was formed.
In 1950, the
United Nations General Assembly approved an
advance by UN forces north of the 38th Parallel
in the Korean Conflict.
Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy
and Republican opponent Richard M. Nixon held the
second of their broadcast debates.
In 1963, President
Kennedy signed the documents of ratification for
a nuclear test ban treaty with Britain and the
In 1968, the
Motion Picture Association of America adopted its
In 1981, Egypt's
parliament named Vice President Hosni Mubarak to
succeed the assassinated Anwar Sadat.
Palestinian gunmen hijacked the Italian cruise
ship "Achille Lauro" in the
Mediterranean with more than 400 people aboard.
Ten years ago:
House and Senate Democrats put together a
modified budget proposal, following the failure
of an earlier plan and the veto of stopgap
spending legislation by President Bush.
Five years ago:
New York's Central Park was transformed into a
giant open-air cathedral as Pope John Paul the
Second celebrated Mass before a flock of 130,000.
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Indonesia,
killing more than 80 people.
One year ago:
American Home Products Corporation resolved one
of the biggest product liability cases ever by
agreeing to pay up to $4.83 billion to settle
claims that the fen-phen diet drug combination
caused dangerous heart valve problems.
of what you do on the third and fourth
James Michener, American novelist.