Today is Wednesday, Oct. 8, the 281st day of 2014

Today In HistoryToday’s Highlight in History:

On Oct. 8, 1914, the World War I song “Keep the Home Fires Burning,” by Ivor Novello and Lena Guilbert Ford, was first published in London under the title “Till the Boys Come Home.”

On this date:

In 1869, the 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce (puhrs), died in Concord, New Hampshire.

In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire erupted; fires also broke out in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, and in several communities in Michigan.

In 1918, U.S. Army Cpl. Alvin C. York led an attack that killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 others in the Argonne Forest in France.

In 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was indicted by a grand jury in New Jersey for murder in the death of the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

In 1944, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” starring Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, made its debut on CBS Radio. Former Republican presidential nominee Wendell Willkie, 52, died in New York.

In 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced that the secret of the atomic bomb would be shared only with Britain and Canada.

In 1956, Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series to date as the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5, 2-0.

In 1957, the Brooklyn Baseball Club announced it was accepting an offer to move the Dodgers from New York to Los Angeles.

In 1967, former British Prime Minister Clement Attlee died in London at age 84.

In 1970, Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was named winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.

In 1982, all labor organizations in Poland, including Solidarity, were banned.

In 1992, former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt died in Unkel, Germany, at age 78.

Ten years ago: In a testy debate rematch, President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry quarreled over the war in Iraq, jobs, education, health care, abortion, the environment, cheaper drugs and tort reform at a town-hall session in St. Louis. Thirty-four people, most of them Israelis, were killed when suicide bombers blew up the Taba Hilton Hotel in Egypt. A videotape surfaced showing militants beheading British hostage Kenneth Bigley in Iraq. Martha Stewart reported to the Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia to begin serving five months behind bars for lying about a stock sale. Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai (wan-GAH’-ree mah-DY’) won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Five years ago: An Arizona sweat lodge ceremony turned deadly as some participants became ill and collapsed inside the 415-square-foot structure; three died. (Motivational speaker James Arthur Ray, who’d led the ceremony, was convicted in 2011 of three counts of negligent homicide and served 20 months in prison.) A powerful car bomb exploded outside the Indian Embassy in Kabul, killing 17 people. Romanian-born German writer Herta Mueller won the Nobel Prize in literature.

One year ago: The White House said President Barack Obama would nominate Federal Reserve vice chair Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the nation’s central bank. Britain’s Peter Higgs and Belgian colleague Francois Englert won the Nobel Prize in physics for helping to explain how matter formed after the Big Bang. Phil Chevron, 56, the guitarist for the boisterous Anglo-Irish band the Pogues, died in Dublin.

Today’s Birthdays: Entertainment reporter Rona Barrett is 78. Actor Paul Hogan is 75. Rhythm-and-blues singer Fred Cash (The Impressions) is 74. Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson is 73. Comedian Chevy Chase is 71. Author R.L. Stine is 71. Actor Dale Dye is 70. Country singer Susan Raye is 70. TV personality Sarah Purcell is 66. Actress Sigourney Weaver is 65. Rhythm-and-blues singer Robert “Kool” Bell (Kool & the Gang) is 64. Producer-director Edward Zwick is 62. Country singer-musician Ricky Lee Phelps is 61. Actor Michael Dudikoff is 60. Comedian Darrell Hammond is 59. Actress Stephanie Zimbalist is 58. Rock musician Mitch Marine is 53. Actress Kim Wayans is 53. Rock singer Steve Perry (Cherry Poppin’ Daddies) is 51. Actor Ian Hart is 50. Gospel and rhythm-and-blues singer CeCe Winans is 50. Rock musician C.J. Ramone (The Ramones) is 49. Actress-producer Karyn Parsons is 48. Singer-producer Teddy Riley is 48. Actress Emily Procter is 46. Actor Dylan Neal is 45. Actor-screenwriter Matt Damon is 44. Actress Kristanna Loken is 35. Rhythm-and-blues singer Byron Reeder (Mista) is 35. Rock-soul singer-musician Noelle Scaggs (Fitz and the Tantrums) is 35. Actor Nick Cannon is 34. Actor Max Crumm is 29. Singer-songwriter-producer Bruno Mars is 29. Actor Angus T. Jones is 21. Actress Molly Quinn is 21.

Thought for Wednesday:

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”

– Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist (1875-1961).

 

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