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Today in History: Saturday, October  10, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On Oct. 10, 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew pleaded no contest to one count of federal income tax evasion and resigned.
Audio LinkVice President Spiro T. Agnew
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1813Composer Giuseppe Verdi was born in Le Roncole, Italy.
1845The U.S. Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Md.
1886The tuxedo dinner jacket made its American debut at the autumn ball in Tuxedo Park, N.Y.
1911Revolutionaries under Sun Yat-sen overthrew China's Manchu dynasty.
1935George Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess," featuring an all-black cast, opened on Broadway.
1943Chiang Kai-shek took the oath of office as president of China.
1964The 18th Summer Olympic Games opened in Tokyo.
1966The Beach Boys released the single "Good Vibrations."
1970Fiji became independent after nearly a century of British rule.
1979Hockey Hall-of-Famer Wayne Gretzky made his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers.
1985U.S. fighter jets forced an Egyptian plane carrying the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro to land in Italy, where the gunmen were taken into custody.
2002The House voted 296-133 to give President George W. Bush broad authority to use military force against Iraq. (The Senate followed suit the next day.)
2005Angela Merkel became Germany's first female chancellor and its first leader from the former Communist east.
2008Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled that gay couples have the right to marry.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Auto racer Dale Earnhardt Jr. turns 41 years old today.
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Peter CoyoteActor74
John PrineRock, country singer69
Ben VereenActor, dancer69
Nora RobertsAuthor65
Tanya TuckerCountry singer57
Julia SweeneyActress, comedian ("Saturday Night Live")56
Bradley WhitfordActor ("The West Wing")56
Rebecca PidgeonActress50
Brett FavreFootball player46
Mario LopezActor, TV host ("The X Factor")42
MyaR&B singer36
Dan StevensActor ("Downtown Abbey")33
Troy TulowitzkiBaseball player31
Aimee TeegardenActress ("Friday Night Lights")26
Rock singer David Lee Roth (Van Halen) turns 61 years old today.
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