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Today in History
Today in History: Thursday, October  30, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On Oct. 30, 1938, the radio play "The War of the Worlds," starring Orson Welles, aired on CBS. The live drama, which employed fake news reports, panicked some listeners who thought its portrayal of a Martian invasion was true.
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On this date in:
1735John Adams, the second president of the United States, was born in Braintree, Mass.
1885Poet Ezra Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho.
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1953George C. Marshall, who, as secretary of state following World War II, engineered a massive economic aid program for Europe, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
1961The Soviet Union tested a hydrogen bomb.
1974Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kinshasa, Zaire, to regain his world heavyweight title.
1975The New York Daily News ran the headline "Ford to City: Drop Dead" a day after President Gerald R. Ford said he would veto any proposed federal bailout of New York City.
1997A jury in Cambridge, Mass., convicted British au pair Louise Woodward of second-degree murder in the death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen. The judge later reduced the verdict to manslaughter and set Woodward free.
2003Lebron James made his NBA debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
2005Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks became the first woman to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
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Today's Birthdays:
Actor Matthew Morrison ("Glee") turns 36 years old today.
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Dick VermeilFootball coach78
Eddie HollandSongwriter75
Grace SlickRock singer (Jefferson Airplane/Starship)75
Henry WinklerActor ("Happy Days")69
Andrea MitchellBroadcast journalist68
Timothy B. SchmitRock musician (The Eagles)67
Harry HamlinActor ("L.A. Law")63
Kevin PollakActor57
Gavin RossdaleRock musician (Bush)49
Nia LongActress44
Gael Garcia BernalActor ("The Motorcycle Diaries")36
Nastia LiukinOlympic gold-medal gymnast25
Soccer player and coach Diego Maradona turns 54 years old today.
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