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Today in History: October 10

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Today in History
October 10

19   Germanicus, the best loved of Roman princes, dies of poisoning. On his deathbed he accuses Piso, the governor of Syria, of poisoning him.
732   At Tours, France, Charles Martel kills Abd el-Rahman and halts the Muslim invasion of Europe.
1733   France declares war on Austria over the question of Polish succession.
1789   In Versailles France, Joseph Guillotin says the most humane way of carrying out a death sentence is decapitation by a single blow of a blade.
1794   Russian General Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov crushes the rebel Polish army at Maciejowice, Poland.
1845   The U.S. Naval Academy is founded at Annapolis, Md.
1863   The first telegraph line to Denver is completed.
1877   Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer is buried at West Point in New York.
1911   Revolution in China begins with a bomb explosion and the discovery of revolutionary headquarters in Hankow. The revolutionary movement spread rapidly through west and southern China, forcing the abdication of the last Ch'ing emperor, six-year-old Henry Pu-Yi. By October 26, the Chinese Republic will be proclaimed, and on December 4, Premier Yuan Shih-K'ai will sign a truce with rebel general Li Yuan-hung.
1911   The Panama Canal opens.
1933   At Rio de Janeiro, nations of the Western Hemisphere sign a non-aggression and conciliation treaty. President Roosevelt adopts a "good neighbor" policy toward Latin America and announces a policy of nonintervention in Latin American affairs at the December 7th International American Conference at Montevideo, Uruguay.
1941   Soviet troops halt the German advance on Moscow.
1953   The Mutual Defense Treaty between the US and South Korea signed.
1966   U.S. Forces launch Operation Robin, in Hoa Province south of Saigon in South Vietnam, to provide road security between villages.
1970   The Quebec Provincial Minister of Labour, Pierre Laporte, is kidnapped by terrorists.
1971   The London Bridge, built in 1831 and dismantled in 1967, reopens in Lake Havusu City, Arizona, after being sold to Robert P. McCulloch and moved to the United States.
1973   Spiro Agnew resigns the vice presidency amid accusations of income tax evasion. President Richard Nixon names Gerald Ford as the new vice president. Agnew is later convicted and sentenced to three years probation and fined $10,000.
1985   An Egyptian plane carrying hijackers of the Achille Lauro cruise ship is intercepted by US Navy F-14s and forced to land at a NATO base in Sicily.
2008   Orakzai bombing, Afghanistan: members of the Taliban drive an explosive-laden truck into a meeting of 600 people discussing ways to rid their area of the Taliban; the bomb kills 110.

Born on October 10

1731   Henry Cavendish, English physicist who measured the density and mass of the Earth.
1813   Giuseppe Verdi, composer (Rigoletto, Aida).
1900   Helen Hayes, American actress.
1901   Alberto Giacometti, sculptor and painter.
1920   Thelonius Monk, jazz pianist and composer.
1924   James Clavell, novelist (Shogun, Noble House).
1930   Harold Pinter, British playwright (The Homecoming, Betrayal).
1940   Winston Spencer-Churchill, British politician; grandson of famed Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
1946   John Prine, singer, songwriter; influential for his poem-like lyrics ("The Great Compromise," "Blue Umbrella").
1946   Ben Vereen, actor (Roots miniseries).
1949   Wang Wanxing, Chinese rights advocate; prisoner for 13 years in detention centers and psychiatric institutions (Ankang), he is the only person thus far to be released from these institutions and allowed to live in a Western country.
1954   David Lee Roth, singer, songwriter, actor, author; lead vocalist for hard rock band Van Halen; member of Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame (2007).
1958   Tanya Tucker, singer whose first hit, "Delta Dawn," came when she was just 13.
1963   Daniel Pearl, journalist; captured and beheaded by Al Queda in Pakistan; Daniel Pearl Foundation to promote tolerance and understanding internationally founded in his memory.
1969   Brett Favre, pro football player; only pro quarterback to throw for over 70,000 yards, completing 6,000 passes, including over 500 for touchdowns.
1974   Dale Earnhardt Jr., stock car racing driver and team owner; won Most Popular Driver Award in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 10 times (2003–2012).

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