Monday, October 08, 2007

Today in History....October 8

On this day in …

* 1871, the Great Chicago Fire erupted; fires also broke out in Peshtigo, Wis., and in the Michigan communities of Holland, Manistee and Port Huron

* 1918, Sgt. Alvin C. York almost single-handedly killed 25 German soldiers and helped capture 132 in the Argonne Forest in France

* 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was indicted by a grand jury in New Jersey for murder in the death of the son of Charles A. Lindbergh

* 1945, President Truman announced that the secret of the atomic bomb would be shared only with Britain and Canada

* 1956, Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series to date as the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5, 2-0

* 1957, the Brooklyn Baseball Club announced it was accepting an offer to move the Dodgers from New York to Los Angeles

* 1981, at the White House, President Reagan greeted former Presidents Carter, Ford and Nixon, who were preparing to travel to Egypt for the funeral of Anwar Sadat

* 1982, all labor organizations in Poland, including Solidarity, were banned

* 1997, scientists reported the Mars Pathfinder had yielded what could be the strongest evidence yet that Mars might once have been hospitable to life

* 2002, a federal judge approved President Bush's request to reopen West Coast ports, ending a caustic 10-day labor lockout that was costing the U.S. economy an estimated $1 billion to $2 billion a day. ALSO: Two Kuwaiti gunmen, practitioners of that "religion of peace", attacked U.S. forces during war games on a Gulf island, killing one Marine and wounding another before they were shot to death

* 2006, word reached the United States of North Korea's claim that it had conducted its first nuclear weapons test (because of the time difference, it was Oct. 9 in North Korea)


At 7:07 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

My great-great uncle was at Muese-Argonne!

At 8:22 AM, Blogger Joe Gringo said...

Very cool......My Grandpa was in WW1, he and his comrades were walking over a bridge somewhere in France and they came upon some dead Frenchies, my Grandpa and the others took some of the dead's belongings, my Grandpa took a guitar, on it are engravings of the French guy and some of his friends, it's very cool, he gave it to my Dad, who in turn gave it to my oldest brother.


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