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On October 14th, 1964, civil rights
leader Martin Luther King Junior was named winner of the
Nobel Peace Prize.
On this date:
In 1066, Normans under William the
Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of
In 1890, Dwight D.
Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States,
was born in Denison, Texas.
In 1912, Theodore
Roosevelt, campaigning for the presidency, was
shot in the chest in Milwaukee. Despite the
wound, he went ahead with a scheduled speech.
In 1933, Nazi
Germany announced it was withdrawing from the
League of Nations.
In 1944, German
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel committed suicide
rather than face execution for allegedly
conspiring against Adolf Hitler.
In 1947, Air Force
test pilot Charles E. ("Chuck") Yeager
broke the sound barrier as he flew the
experimental Bell X-One rocket plane over Edwards
Air Force Base in California.
In 1960, the idea
of a Peace Corps was first suggested by
Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy
to an audience of students at the University of
In 1968, the first
live telecast from a manned US spacecraft was
transmitted from "Apollo Seven."
In 1977, singer
Bing Crosby died outside Madrid, Spain, at age
Republican presidential nominee Ronald Reagan
promised that, if elected, he would name a woman
to the US Supreme Court. (He later nominated
Judge Sandra Day O'Connor of Arizona.)
Ten years ago:
Composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein died in New
York at age 72.
Five years ago: An
armed gunman seized a bus carrying South Korean
tourists in Moscow's Red Square (commandos
stormed the bus the next day, killing the gunman
and freeing four remaining hostages). The Atlanta
Braves won the National League pennant by beating
the Cincinnati Reds, 6-to-0, to complete a
One year ago:
President Clinton accused Senate Republicans of
recklessness and irresponsibility for defeating
the nuclear test ban treaty, and pledged the
United States would refrain from testing despite
the treaty's rejection. Japan's Sumitomo Bank and
Sakura Bank announced they would merge. Julius
Nyerere (ny-REHR'-ee), Tanzania's first
president, died in a London hospital at age 77.
of failures come from people who have the habit
of making excuses."
George Washington Carver, American botanist