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*1917American pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, among the first creators of modern jazz, was born. 
2003Rush Limbaugh annouced that he was addicted to painkillers and that he was going to check into a rehab center. 
2001U.S. President George W. Bush presented a list of 22 most wanted terrorists.  
1997The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, opened to the public. Architect Frank Gehry designed the 450 ft. long and 98 ft. wide building.  
1995Gary Kasparov won a chess championship against Viswanathan Anand that had lasted about a month.  
1994Iraq announced it was withdrawing its forces from the Kuwaiti border. No signs of a pullback were observed.  
1994Lt. Gen. Raoul Cedras resigned as Haiti's commander-in-chief of the army and pledged to leave the country.  
1991The United States cut all foreign aid to Haiti in reaction to a military coup that forced President Jean-Claude Aristide into exile.  
1987Tom McClean finished rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. It set the record at 54 days and 18 hours.  
1986An estimated 1,500 people were killed when an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale struck San Salvador, El Salvador.  
1985U.S. fighter jets forced an Egyptian plane to land in Italy so that the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achilles Lauro could be arrested.  
1985American motion-picture actor, director, producer, and writer Orson Welles died. 
1978The U.S. bill authorizing the Susan B. Anthony dollar was signed by U.S. President Jimmy Carter.  
1977Joe Namath played the last game of his National Football League (NFL) career.  
1973Vice President Spiro T. Agnew resigned from office and pleaded no contest to the charge of failing to report $29,500 in income while governor of Maryland. 
1970Fiji gained independence from Great Britain. 
1970Pierre Laporte, the labor minister of Quebec, was kidnapped by the Quebec Liberation Front (FLQ) during the October Crisis in Canada. He was found eight days later strangled to death.  
1965The Red Baron made his first appearance in the "Peanuts" comic strip.  
1963A dam burst in Italy killing 3,000 people.  
1959Pan American World Airways announced the beginning of the first global airline service.  
1957U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologized to Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, the finance minister of Ghana, after the official had been refused service in a Dover, DE, restaurant.  
1943Chaing Kai-shek took the oath of office as the president of China.  
1938Nazi Germany completed its annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.  
1937The Mutual Broadcasting System debuted "Thirty Minutes in Hollywood".  
1935George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess opened on Broadway. 
1933Dreft, the first synthetic detergent, went on sale.  
1932"Betty and Bob" began on radio.  
1932"Judy and Jane" began on radio.  
1928"Hold Everything" opened on Broadway.  
1913U.S. President Woodrow Wilson triggered the explosion of the Gamboa Dike that ended the construction of the Panama Canal.  
1911China's Manchu dynasty was overthrown by revolutionaries under Sun Yat-sen.  
1887Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Company.  
1886The tuxedo dinner jacket made its U.S. debut in New York City.  
1865The billiard ball was patented by John Wesley Hyatt.  
1846English astronomer William Lassell discovered Triton, the largest satellite of the planet Neptune. 
1845Founding of the U.S. Naval Academy. To improve the then-unsatisfactory methods of instructing midshipmen, George Bancroft—historian, educator, and secretary of the navy—founded the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on this day in 1845. 
1813Born October 9 or 10, 1813, Giuseppe Verdi was the leading Italian composer of the 19th century, noted for operas such as Rigoletto (1851), La traviata (1853), Aida (1871), and Falstaff (1893) and for his Requiem Mass (1874). 
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Famous Birthdays
1979 - Mya
1978 - Jodi Lyn OKeefe
1976 - Bob Burnquist
1974 - Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
1969 - Brett Favre
1967 - Mike Malinin
1958 - Tanya Tucker
1955 - David Lee Roth
1946 - Charles Dance
1946 - Ben Vereen
1930 - Harold Pinter
1926 - Richard Jaeckel
1924 - Edward D. Wood, Jr.
1917 - Thelonious Monk
1900 - Helen Hayes
1813 - Giuseppe Verdi

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