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Today in History
Today in History: Wednesday, October  01, 2014
AP Highlight in History:
On Oct. 1, 1949, Mao Zedong proclaimed the People's Republic of China during a ceremony in Beijing.
 
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On this date in:
1903The visiting Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Americans 7-3 in the first World Series game.
1908Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile to the market; each car cost $825.
1936General Francisco Franco was proclaimed the head of an insurgent Spanish state.
1939Winston Churchill described the Soviet Union as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma" during a radio broadcast.
1961Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run of the season, breaking the record Babe Ruth set in 1927.
Audio LinkYankees broadcaster Phil Rizzuto makes the call
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1962Johnny Carson debuted as regular host of NBC's "Tonight" show.
1964The Free Speech Movement was launched at the University of California at Berkeley.
1971Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Fla.
1982Sony began selling the first commercial compact disc player in Japan.
1993Polly Klaas, 12, was abducted from her Petaluma, Calif., home during a slumber party and murdered. (Her case inspired California's three-strikes law.)
2001The Supreme Court suspended former President Bill Clinton from practicing before the high court.
2008A $700 billion financial industry bailout won lopsided passage in the Senate, 74-25, after it was loaded with tax breaks and other sweeteners.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Former President Jimmy Carter turns 90 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Julie AndrewsActress, singer79
Rod CarewBaseball Hall of Famer69
Stephen CollinsActor ("7th Heaven")67
Randy QuaidActor64
Youssou N'DourSinger55
Esai MoralesActor52
Mark McGwireBaseball player51
Cindy MargolisActress, model49
Kevin GriffinRock musician (Better Than Ezra)46
Brie LarsonActress ("United States of Tara")25
Actor Zach Galifianakis turns 45 years old today.
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