Today in History

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Posted: Oct 09, 2011 12:00 AM
Today in History

Today is Sunday, Oct. 9, the 282nd day of 2011. There are 83 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct 9, 1936, the first generator at Boulder (later Hoover) Dam began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles.

On this date:

In 1701, the Collegiate School of Connecticut _ later Yale University _ was chartered.

In 1776, a group of Spanish missionaries settled in present-day San Francisco.

In 1888, the public was first admitted to the Washington Monument.

In 1910, a coal dust explosion at the Starkville Mine in Colorado left 56 miners dead.

In 1930, Laura Ingalls became the first woman to fly across the United States as she completed a nine-stop journey from Roosevelt Field, N.Y., to Glendale, Calif.

In 1946, the Eugene O'Neill drama "The Iceman Cometh" opened at the Martin Beck Theater in New York.

In 1958, Pope Pius XII died at age 82, ending a 19-year papacy. (He was succeeded by Pope John XXIII.)

In 1961, the New York Yankees won the World Series, defeating the Cincinnati Reds in Game 5 at Crosley Field, 13-5.

In 1967, Latin American guerrilla leader Che Guevara was executed while attempting to incite revolution in Bolivia.

In 1985, the hijackers of the Achille Lauro (ah-KEE'-leh LOW'-roh) cruise liner surrendered two days after seizing the vessel in the Mediterranean. (Passenger Leon Klinghoffer was killed by the hijackers during the standoff.)

Ten years ago: In the first daylight raids since the start of U.S.-led attacks on Afghanistan, jets bombed the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. Letters postmarked in Trenton, N.J., were sent to Sens. Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy; the letters later tested positive for anthrax. Americans Eric A. Cornell and Carl E. Wieman and German-born U.S. resident Wolfgang Ketterle won the Nobel Prize in physics. Director-choreographer Herbert Ross died in New York at age 74. Dagmar (cq), who parlayed her dumb blonde act into television fame in the early 1950s, died in West Virginia at age 79.

Five years ago: North Korea faced a barrage of condemnation and calls for retaliation after it announced that it had set off a small atomic weapon underground; President George W. Bush said, "The international community will respond." Google Inc. announced it was snapping up YouTube Inc. for $1.65 billion in a stock deal. American Edmund S. Phelps won the Nobel prize for economics.

One year ago: Chile's 33 trapped miners cheered and embraced each other as a drill punched into their underground chamber where they had been stuck for an agonizing 66 days. The International Monetary Fund wrapped up two days of talks in Washington without resolving deep differences over currency movements. A crush of fans circled a flower-graced mosaic in Central Park's Strawberry Fields and sang lyrics from "Imagine" to honor Beatles legend John Lennon on his 70th birthday.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Fyvush Finkel is 89. Former Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., is 70. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nona Hendryx is 67. Singer Jackson Browne is 63. Actor Gary Frank is 61. Actor Richard Chaves is 60. Actor Robert Wuhl is 60. Actress-TV personality Sharon Osbourne is 59. Actor Tony Shalhoub is 58. Actor Scott Bakula is 57. Musician James Fearnley (The Pogues) is 57. Actor John O'Hurley is 57. Writer-producer-director-actor Linwood Boomer is 56. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Mike Singletary is 53. Actor Michael Pare is 53. Jazz musician Kenny Garrett is 51. Rock singer-musician Kurt Neumann (The BoDeans) is 50. Country singer Gary Bennett is 47. Movie director Guillermo del Toro is 47. British Prime Minister David Cameron is 45. Singer P.J. Harvey is 42. Golfer Annika Sorenstam is 41. Country singer Tommy Shane Steiner is 38. Actor Steve Burns is 38. Sean Lennon is 36. Actor Randy Spelling is 33. Actor Brandon Routh is 32. Actor Zachery Ty Bryan is 30. Actress Spencer Grammer is 28. Actor Tyler James Williams ("Everybody Hates Chris") is 19. Country singer Scotty McCreery (TV: "American Idol" winner) is 18.

Thought for Today: "I think everyone should go to college and get a degree and then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cabdriver. Then they would really be educated." _ Al McGuire, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (1928-2001).

(Above Advance for Use Sunday, Oct. 9)

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