Monday, October 10, 2005

Monday, October 10

This Day In History

  • 1813   Composer Giuseppe Verdi was born in Le Roncole, Italy.
  • 1845   The U.S. Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Md.
  • 1886   The tuxedo dinner jacket made its American debut at the autumn ball in Tuxedo Park, N.Y.
  • 1911   Revolutionaries under Sun Yat-sen overthrew China's Manchu dynasty.
  • 1935   George Gershwin's opera ''Porgy and Bess'' opened on Broadway.
  • 1938   Germany completed its annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
  • 1943   Chiang Kai-shek took the oath of office as president of China.
  • 1957   President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologized to Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, the finance minister of Ghana, after the official had been refused service in a Dover, Del., restaurant.
  • 1970   Fiji became independent after nearly a century of British rule.
  • 1978   President Jimmy Carter signed a bill authorizing the $1 Susan B. Anthony coin.
  • 1985   U.S. fighter jets forced an Egyptian plane carrying the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro to land in Italy, where the gunmen were taken into custody.
  • 1985   Actor-director Orson Welles died at age 70.
  • 1998   Former defense secretary and presidential adviser Clark Clifford died at age 91.
  • 1998   A New York judge awarded $185,000 in damages to a white former prosecutor who was falsely accused by advisers to Tawana Brawley of taking part in the alleged rape of the black woman.
  • 2002   The House voted 296-133 to give President George W. Bush broad authority to use military force against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, with or without U.N. support.
Happy Birthday To
  • 1813   Guiseppe Verdi (composer: Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Aida; died Jan 27, 1901)
  • 1900   Helen Hayes (Brown) (actress: Tony Award-winning actress)
  • 1946   Ben Vereen (singer, dancer, Tony Award-winning actor)
  • 1958   Tanya Tucker (singer)

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