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On October 27th, 1858, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, was born in New York City.
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In 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers, a series of essays calling for ratification of the United States Constitution, was published under the pseudonym “Publius” (the essays were a collaborative effort by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay).
In 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, a U-2 reconnaissance aircraft was shot down while flying over Cuba, killing the pilot, U.S. Air Force Maj. Rudolf Anderson Jr.
In 1971, the Democratic Republic of Congo was renamed the Republic of Zaire (but it went back to its previous name in 1997).
In 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their progress toward achieving a Middle East accord.
In 1992, Petty Officer Allen Schindler, a gay U.S. Navy sailor, was beaten to death near Sasebo Naval Base in southwestern Japan by shipmate Terry Helvey, who pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
Ten years ago
Suicide bombers in Baghdad struck Red Cross headquarters and three police stations, killing dozens of people. Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Walter Edward Washington died at age 88. Rod Roddy, announcer on “The Price is Right,” died in Los Angeles at age 66.
Five years ago
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted in Washington of seven corruption charges for lying about free home renovations and other gifts from a wealthy oil contractor. (A judge later dismissed the case, saying prosecutors had withheld evidence that might have been favorable to Stevens at trial.) The body of singer-actress Jennifer Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, was found in an SUV three days after Hudson’s mother and brother were found shot to death in the Chicago home they’d shared. (The estranged husband of Hudson’s sister, William Balfour, is charged in the killings.) Umpires halted play in Game 5 of the World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays tied at 2 because of rain. (The game was completed two days later, at which time the Phillies beat the Rays 4-3 to win the Series.)
One year ago
Sixty million people in the eastern United States braced for high winds, torrential rains, power outages and even snow from Hurricane Sandy, which was headed toward a merger with two wintry weather systems.
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Snow, ice, deep-freeze hit large swath of US
A late fall cold snap that has gripped much of the country is being blamed for a handful of deaths and has forced people to deal with frigid temperatures, power outages by the thousands and treacherous roads.
Weather forecasters say the powerful weather system has Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic in its icy sights next.
Police: Pa. newlyweds killed man from Craigslist
A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.
Pearl Harbor ceremony marks bombing anniversary
About 50 survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor paused Saturday at the site to honor those killed and remember the moment that plunged the U.S. into World War II.
Today in History for Dec. 8, 2013
Today is Sunday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2013. There are 23 days left in the year.
Song, dance, tears for Mandela in South Africa
Themba Radebe spun slowly in a circle.
First he pointed his cellphone camera at a group of children chanting Nelson Mandela’s name as they waved posters of the anti-apartheid champion. Then pivoting to his right, Radebe aimed his camera at a swaying group of adults who sang in Zulu while rocking and clapping.
Icy winter storm shuts down North Texas
Freezing rain and stinging winds slammed the Southwest Friday and made a strangely blank landscape out of normally sun-drenched North Texas: mostly empty highways covered in a sometimes impassable frost, closed schools and businesses, and millions of residents hunkered down for icy conditions expected to last through the weekend.
Today in History for Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
Today is Saturday, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2013. There are 24 days left in the year.
Mexico plans how to safely box up recovered cobalt
Officials were engaged Thursday in the delicate task of recovering a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 abandoned in a rural field in central Mexico state.
Prosecutors face tough choices in NYC derailment
While the Metro-North Railroad is already getting hit with multimillion-dollar civil claims over a deadly commuter train derailment, prosecutors will face tough choices when deciding whether to bring criminal charges against the train’s engineer, who told investigators he nodded or fell into a daze at the controls.
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s peacemaker, dies
Nelson Mandela was a master of forgiveness.
South Africa’s first black president spent nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid, yet he sought to win over its defeated guardians in a relatively peaceful transition of power that inspired the world.
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