Highlight in History: |
On October 30th, 1938, the radio play "The
War of the Worlds," starring Orson Welles,
aired on CBS. (The live drama, which employed
fake news reports, panicked some listeners who
thought its portrayal of a Martian invasion was
In 1735, the second president of
the United States, John Adams, was born in
In 1885, poet Ezra
Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho.
In 1944, the
Martha Graham ballet "Appalachian
Spring," with music by Aaron Copland,
premiered at the Library of Congress, with Graham
in a leading role.
In 1945, the US
government announced the end of shoe rationing.
In 1961, the
Soviet Union tested a hydrogen bomb with a force
estimated at 58 megatons.
In 1961, the
Soviet Party Congress unanimously approved a
resolution ordering the removal of Josef Stalin's
body from Lenin's tomb.
In 1972, 45 people
were killed when an Illinois Central Gulf
commuter train collided with another train in
Chicago's South Side.
In 1975, the New
York Daily News ran the headline "Ford to
City: Drop Dead" a day after President Ford
said he would veto any proposed federal bailout
of New York City.
In 1979, President
Carter announced his choice of federal appeals
judge Shirley Hufstedler to head the newly
created Department of Education.
In 1985, the
launch of the space shuttle
"Challenger" was witnessed by
schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe, who was fated to
die when the spacecraft exploded after liftoff
the following January.
Ten years ago: The
Iraqi News Agency quoted Saddam Hussein as saying
Iraq was making final preparations for war, and
that he expected an attack by the United States
and its allies within days. In the Persian Gulf,
ten American sailors died when a steam pipe
ruptured aboard the USS "Iwo Jima"; in
Saudi Arabia, a Marine was killed in an accident
while driving in the desert.
Five years ago: By
a vote of 50.6 percent to 49.4, Federalists
prevailed over separatists in Quebec in a
One year ago:
Fifty-five people were killed in a fire at an
illegal bar in Inchon, South Korea.
"Nothing in life is
to be feared. It is only to be understood."
Marie Curie, Polish Nobel Prize-winning chemist