Today in History: October 10, Naval Academy is established
Today in History
Today is Monday, Oct. 10, the 283rd day of 2022. There are 82 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 10, 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy was established in Annapolis, Maryland.
On this date:
In 1911, Chinese revolutionaries launched an uprising that led to the collapse of the Qing (or Manchu) Dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China.
In 1935, the George Gershwin opera “Porgy and Bess,” featuring an all-Black cast, opened on Broadway, beginning a run of 124 performances.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy, responding to the Thalidomide birth defects crisis, signed an amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requiring pharmaceutical companies to prove that their products were safe and effective prior to marketing.
In 1964, entertainer Eddie Cantor, 72, died in Beverly Hills, California.
In 1966, the Beach Boys’ single “Good Vibrations” by Brian Wilson and Mike Love was released by Capitol Records.
In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, accused of accepting bribes, pleaded no contest to one count of federal income tax evasion, and resigned his office.
In 1981, funeral services were held in Cairo for Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat, who had been assassinated by Muslim extremists.
In 1985, U.S. fighter jets forced an Egyptian plane carrying the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro (ah-KEE’-leh LOW’-roh) to land in Italy, where the gunmen were taken into custody. Actor-director Orson Welles died in Los Angeles at age 70; actor Yul Brynner died in New York at age 65.
In 1997, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and its coordinator, Jody Williams, were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 2001, U.S. jets pounded the Afghan capital of Kabul. President George W. Bush unveiled a list of 22 most-wanted terrorists, including Osama bin Laden.
In 2004, Christopher Reeve, the “Superman” of celluloid who became a quadriplegic after a May 1995 horse riding accident, died in Mount Kisco, New York, at age 52.
In 2014, Malala Yousafzai (mah-LAH’-lah YOO’-suhf-zeye), a 17-year-old Pakistani girl, and Kailash Satyarthi (KY’-lash saht-YAHR’-thee), a 60-year-old Indian man, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for risking their lives for the right of children to receive an education and to live free from abuse.
Ten years ago: President Barack Obama conceded he did poorly the previous week in his first debate with Republican rival Mitt Romney, telling ABC he’d “had a bad night”; Romney, meanwhile, barnstormed battleground state Ohio and released a new commercial pledging not to raise taxes. Football star-turned-actor Alex Karras died in Los Angeles at age 77.
Five years ago: The U.S. soccer team failed to qualify for the World Cup, eliminated with a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago; it ended a run of seven straight U.S. appearances at soccer’s showcase event. A flood of new allegations poured in against movie executive Harvey Weinstein, including testimonies from Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. Reacting to reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had called him a “moron” after a classified briefing, President Donald Trump challenged Tillerson to “compare IQ tests;” the White House insisted Trump was only joking.
One year ago: After the first direct talks between U.S. officials and Afghanistan’s new Taliban leaders, the Taliban said the U.S. had agreed to provide humanitarian aid while refusing to give political recognition to the new rulers; the U.S. said only that the two sides had discussed the provision of U.S. humanitarian aid to the Afghan people. After more than 18 months of pandemic delays, Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film, “No Time to Die,” was the top earner at the box office on its opening weekend, grossing $56 million in North America.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Peter Coyote is 81. Entertainer Ben Vereen is 76. Actor Charles Dance is 76. Rock singer-musician Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers) is 74. Actor Jessica Harper is 73. Author Nora Roberts (aka “J.D. Robb”) is 72. Singer-musician Midge Ure is 69. Rock singer David Lee Roth is 68. Actor J. Eddie Peck is 64. Country singer Tanya Tucker is 64. Actor Julia Sweeney is 63. Actor Bradley Whitford is 63. Musician Martin Kemp is 61. Actor Jodi Benson is 61. Rock musician Jim Glennie (James) is 59. Actor Rebecca Pidgeon is 57. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is 55. Rock musician Mike Malinin (mah-LIHN’-ihn) (Goo Goo Dolls) is 55. Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre is 53. Actor Manu Bennett is 53. Actor Joelle Carter is 53. Actor Wendi McLendon-Covey is 53. Actor/TV host Mario Lopez is 49. Retired race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 48. Actor Jodi Lyn O’Keefe is 44. Singer Mya is 43. Actor Dan Stevens is 40. Singer Cherie is 38. MLB outfielder Andrew McCutchen is 36. Actor Rose McIver is 34. Actor Aimee Teegarden is 33.
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