Today in History
Today in History: Friday, October  09, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On Oct. 9, 1940, rock musician and songwriter John Lennon of the Beatles was born in Liverpool, England.
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1635Religious dissident Roger Williams was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1701The Collegiate School of Connecticut – later Yale University – was chartered in New Haven.
1776A group of Spanish missionaries settled in present-day San Francisco.
1888The public was first admitted to the Washington Monument.
1930Laura Ingalls became the first woman to fly across the United States as she completed a nine-stop journey from Roosevelt Field in New York to Glendale, Calif.
1936The first generator at Boulder (later Hoover) Dam began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles.
1946The Eugene O'Neill drama "The Iceman Cometh" opened on Broadway.
1958Pope Pius XII died at age 82.
1967Guerrilla leader Che Guevara was executed in Bolivia while attempting to incite revolution.
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1975Soviet scientist Andrei Sakharov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1985The hijackers of the Achille Lauro cruise liner surrendered after the ship arrived in Port Said, Egypt.
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1990David Souter was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
2001Letters postmarked in Trenton, N.J., that later tested positive for anthrax spores were mailed to Sens. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.
2006North Korea announced that it had conducted its first nuclear weapons test.
2006Google Inc. announced it was snapping up YouTube Inc. for $1.65 billion in a stock deal.
2007The Dow Jones industrial average closed at an all-time high of 14,164.53.
2008The Dow Jones industrials fell below 9,000 – to 8,579.19 – for the first time in five years.
2009President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
2010Chile's 33 trapped miners cheered and embraced each other as a drill punched into their underground chamber where they had been stuck for an agonizing 66 days.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Rock musician Sean Lennon turns 40 years old today.
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Trent LottFormer U.S. senator, R-Miss.74
Nona HendryxR&B singer71
Sharon OsbourneTV personality63
Tony ShalhoubActor ("Monk," "Wings")62
Scott BakulaActor ("Star Trek: Enterprise," "Quantum Leap")61
James FearnleyRock musician (The Pogues)61
John O'HurleyActor ("Seinfeld")61
Mike SingletaryFootball Hall of Famer57
David CameronBritish prime minister49
P.J. HarveyRock singer46
Steve McQueenDirector46
Annika SorenstamGolfer45
Brandon RouthActor ("Superman Returns")36
Rock singer Jackson Browne turns 67 years old today.
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