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On October tenth, 1973, Vice
President Spiro T. Agnew, accused of accepting
bribes, pleaded no contest to one count of
federal income tax evasion, and resigned his
In 1845, the US Naval Academy
opened in Annapolis, Maryland.
In 1886, the
tuxedo dinner jacket made its American debut at
the autumn ball in Tuxedo Park, New York.
revolutionaries under Sun Yat-sen overthrew
China's Manchu dynasty.
In 1935, George
Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess"
opened on Broadway.
In 1938, Germany
completed its annexation of Czechoslovakia's
In 1943, Chiang
Kai-shek took the oath of office as president of
In 1970, Quebec
Labor Minister Pierre Laporte was kidnapped by
the Quebec Liberation Front, a militant
separatist group. (Laporte's body was found about
a week later.)
In 1970, Fiji
became independent after nearly a century of
In 1978, President
Carter signed a bill authorizing the Susan B.
In 1985, US
fighter jets forced an Egyptian plane carrying
the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship
"Achille Lauro" to land in Italy, where
the gunmen were taken into custody.
Ten years ago: The
space shuttle "Discovery" landed safely
at Edwards Air Force Base in California, ending a
virtually flawless four-day mission. The Oakland
A's swept to the American League pennant and
their third straight World Series by defeating
the Boston Red Sox, 3-to-1.
Five years ago:
University of Chicago professor Robert E. Lucas
won the Nobel Prize in economics for
demonstrating how people's fears and expectations
can frustrate policymakers' efforts to shape the
economy. World chess champion Garry Kasparov won
a month-long championship match against
One year ago:
Portugal's governing Socialist Party was returned
to power by a comfortable margin in a general
election. Six college students getting out of
their cars or walking along a highway on their
way to a fraternity party at Texas A-and-M
University were struck and killed by a pickup
truck whose driver who had fallen asleep.
"The truth (is) that
there is only one terminal dignity -- love. And
the story of a love is not important -- what is
important is that one is capable of love. It is
perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of
Helen Hayes, American actress (1900-1993).