Today in History

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Posted: Oct 02, 2011 12:01 AM
Today in History

Today is Sunday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2011. There are 90 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 2, 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court as the court opened its new term.

On this date:

In 1780, British spy John Andre was hanged in Tappan, N.Y., during the Revolutionary War.

In 1835, the first battle of the Texas Revolution took place as American settlers fought Mexican soldiers near the Guadalupe River; the Mexicans ended up withdrawing.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson suffered a serious stroke at the White House that left him paralyzed on his left side.

In 1941, during World War II, German armies launched an all-out drive against Moscow.

In 1944, Nazi troops crushed the two-month-old Warsaw Uprising, during which a quarter of a million people were killed.

In 1950, the comic strip "Peanuts," created by Charles M. Schulz, was syndicated to seven newspapers.

In 1961, the TV game show "Password" premiered on CBS with host Allen Ludden and celebrity guests Kitty Carlisle and Tom Poston. The medical drama "Ben Casey," starring Vince Edwards and Sam Jaffe, premiered on ABC.

In 1970, one of two chartered twin-engine planes flying the Wichita State University football team to Utah crashed into a mountain near Silver Plume, Colo., killing 31 of the 40 people on board.

In 1971, the music program "Soul Train" made its debut in national syndication.

In 1985, actor Rock Hudson died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 59 after battling AIDS.

Ten years ago: NATO Secretary-General Lord Robertson said the United States had provided "clear and conclusive" evidence of Osama bin Laden's involvement in the attacks on New York and Washington. Acting Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift unveiled security measures that included a new security chief at Logan International Airport, where hijackers had boarded the two planes that smashed into the World Trade Center.

Five years ago: Charles Carl Roberts IV, an armed milk truck driver, took a group of girls hostage in an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., killing five of the girls and wounding five others before committing suicide. Americans Andrew Z. Fire and Craig C. Mello won the Nobel Prize in medicine. Actress Tamara Dobson died in Baltimore, Md., at age 59.

One year ago: A coalition of progressive and civil rights groups marched by the thousands on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and pledged to support Democrats struggling to keep power on Capitol Hill.

Today's Birthdays: Country singer-musician Leon Rausch (Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys) is 84. Retired MLB All-Star Maury Wills is 79. Movie critic Rex Reed is 73. Singer-songwriter Don McLean is 66. Cajun/country singer Jo-el Sonnier (sahn-YAY') is 65. Actor Avery Brooks is 63. Fashion designer Donna Karan is 63. Photographer Annie Leibovitz is 62. Rock musician Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike & the Mechanics) is 61. Singer-actor Sting is 60. Actress Lorraine Bracco is 57. Country musician Greg Jennings (Restless Heart) is 57. Rock singer Phil Oakey (The Human League) is 56. Rhythm-and-blues singer Freddie Jackson is 53. Singer-producer Robbie Nevil is 53. Retro-soul singer James Hunter is 49. Rock musician Bud Gaugh (Sublime, Eyes Adrift) is 44. Folk-country singer Gillian Welch is 44. Country singer Kelly Willis is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Dion Allen (Az Yet) is 41. Actress-talk show host Kelly Ripa is 41. Singer Tiffany is 40. Rock singer Lene Nystrom is 38. Actor Efren Ramirez is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer LaTocha Scott (Xscape) is 38. Gospel singer Mandisa (TV: "American Idol") is 35. Rock musician Mike Rodden (Hinder) is 29.

Thought for Today: "It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it." _ W. Somerset Maugham, English writer (1874-1965).

(Above Advance for Use Sunday, Oct. 2)

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