Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Wednesday, October 5

This Day In History

  • 1830   Chester A. Arthur, the 21st president of the United States, was born in Fairfield, Vt.
  • 1921   The World Series was broadcast on radio for the first time.
  • 1937   President Franklin D. Roosevelt called for a ''quarantine'' of aggressor nations.
  • 1941   Former Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, the first Jewish member of the nation's highest court, died at age 84.
  • 1947   The first U.S. president to make use of television addressed the nation from the White House. ‘Give ’Em Hell’ Harry Truman accomplished the feat. In this speech, Truman requested that the American people not eat meat on Tuesdays, nor poultry on Thursdays, to save on feed grains to help the starving in Europe.
  • 1953   Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th chief justice of the United States, succeeding Fred M. Vinson.
  • 1962   The Beatles' first hit, ''Love Me Do,'' was released in the United Kingdom.
  • 1969   ''Monty Python's Flying Circus'' made its debut on BBC Television.
  • 1986   American Eugene Hasenfus was captured by Sandinista soldiers after the weapons plane he was riding in was shot down over southern Nicaragua.
  • 1988   Democrat Lloyd Bentsen lambasted Republican Dan Quayle during their vice-presidential debate, telling Quayle, ''Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy.''
  • 1989   A jury in Charlotte, N.C., convicted former PTL evangelist Jim Bakker of using his TV show to defraud followers.
  • 1990   A jury in Cincinnati acquitted an art gallery and its director of obscenity charges stemming from an exhibit of sexually graphic photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe.
  • 1998   Michael Carneal pleaded guilty but mentally ill to fatally shooting three fellow students and wounding five other people at Heath High School in West Paducah, Ky.
  • 1999   MCI WorldCom Inc. announced a $115 billion deal to take over Sprint Corp.
  • 2001   Former Senate majority leader and ambassador Mike Mansfield died at age 98.
  • 2001   A man died of inhaled anthrax in Boca Raton, Fla.
  • 2001   Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants set a new mark for home runs in a single season, hitting his 71st and 72nd in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Happy Birthday To
  • 1829   Chester A. (Alan) Arthur (21st U.S. President [1881-1885]; married to Ellen Lewis Herndon [two sons, one daughter]; nickname: The Gentleman Boss; died Nov 18, 1886)
  • 1882   Robert (Hutchings) Goddard (‘father of the Space Age’: launched a liquid-fuel powered rocket as early as 1926; died Aug 10, 1945)
  • 1902   Ray Kroc (entrepreneur: founder of McDonald’s)
  • 1922   Bil Keane (cartoonist: Family Circus)
  • 1929   Richard Gordon Jr. (NASA astronaut [walked in space on Gemini 11: 1966], orbited the moon on Apollo 12 [1969])
  • 1936   Vaclav Havel (government official: President: Republic of Czechoslovakia)

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