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This Day In History: Oct. 10

This Day in History

1845: The U.S. Naval Academy opens in Annapolis, MD.
1920: Baseball player Bill Wambsganss turns the first unassisted triple play in the World Series.
1928: Chiang Kai-shek is inaugurated as president of China in Nanking.
1935: Porgy and Bess opens in New York.
1973: Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns after pleading no contest to a charge of income tax evasion.
1986: Earthquakes in El Salvador kill more than 1,000 people.
1997: Major tobacco companies agree to a settlement in a class-action suit brought against them by 60,000 current and former flight attendants.

Today's Birthdays

1684: Antoine Watteau, painter (France; died 1721)
1731: Henry Cavendish, chemist/physicist (Nice, France; died 1810)
1738: Benjamin West, painter (Springfield, PA; died 1820)
1813: Giuseppe Verdi, composer (Le Roncole, Italy; died 1901)
1825: Paul Kruger, South African statesman (Colesburg, South Africa; died 1904)
1830: Isabella II, queen of Spain (Madrid, Spain; died 1904)
1837: Robert Gould Shaw, Union Army officer (Boston, MA; died 1863)
1861: Fridtjof Nansen, explorer, Nobel Peace prize winner (near Kristiania--now Oslo, Norway; died 1930)
1900: Helen Hayes, actress (Washington, D.C.; died 1993)
1901: Alberto Giacometti, sculptor (Switzerland; died 1966)
1906: R(asipuram) K(rishnaswamy) Narayan, novelist (Madras, India; died 2001)
1913: Claude Simon, writer (Tananarive, Madagascar; died 2005)
1918: Theolonius Monk, jazz musician (Rocky Mount, NC; died 1982)
1930: Harold Pinter, playwright/director (London, England)
1946: Ben Vereen, actor/singer/dancer (Miami, FL)
1950: Nora Roberts, writer (Washington, D.C.)
1955: David Lee Roth, singer/musician (Bloomington, IN)
1958: Tanya Tucker, singer (Seminole, TX)
1959: Bradley Whitford, actor (Madison, WI)
1961: Julia Sweeney, actress (Spokane, WA)
1969: Brett Favre, football quarterback (Gulfport, MS)
1973: Mario Lopez, actor (San Diego, CA). Mya, singer (Washington, D.C.)

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