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Today's Highlight in History:
On October 16th, 1978, the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church chose Cardinal Karol Wojtyla to be the new pope; he took the name
John Paul the Second.

On this date:
In 1793, during the French Revolution, Queen Marie Antoinette was beheaded.

In 1859, abolitionist John Brown led a group of about 20 men in a raid on Harper's Ferry.

In 1916, Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic, in New York City.

In 1943, Chicago Mayor Edward J. Kelly officially opened the city's new subway system during a ceremony at the State and Madison street station.

In 1946, ten Nazi war criminals condemned during the Nuremberg trials were hanged.

In 1962, the Cuban missile crisis began as President Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba.

In 1964, China detonated its first atomic bomb.

In 1964, Harold Wilson of the Labor Party assumed office as prime minister of Great Britain, succeeding Conservative Sir Alec Douglas-Home.

In 1970, Anwar Sadat was elected president of Egypt, succeeding the late Gamal Abdel Nasser.

In 1987, a 58-and-a-half-hour drama in Midland, Texas, ended happily as rescuers freed Jessica McClure, an 18-month-old girl trapped in an abandoned well.

Ten years ago: Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev submitted to the Soviet legislature a scaled-back plan to transform the Soviet economy to a free-market system. Comedian Steve Martin and his wife, actress Victoria Tennant, visited American GI's in Saudi Arabia. The Cincinnati Reds beat the Oakland A's 7-to-0 in game one of the World Series.

Five years ago: A vast throng of black men gathered in Washington DC for the "Million Man March" led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

One year ago: A seven-point-one-magnitude earthquake in the Mojave Desert shook three states and derailed an Amtrak train, but caused no serious damage or injuries. Hurricane Irene rumbled up the East Coast. A New York Air National Guard plane rescued Dr. Jerri Nielsen from a South Pole research center after she'd spent five months isolated by the Antarctic winter, which forced her to treat herself for a breast lump. Radio raconteur Jean Shepherd died in Sanibel, Florida, at age 78.


每日格言

"To walk into history is to be free at once, to be at large among people."

-- Elizabeth Bowen, Irish-born author (1899-1973).



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