Valdosta Daily Times

October 29, 2012

Today in History for Monday, Oct. 29, 2012


The Associated Press

-- — Highlight in History

On Oct. 29, 1929, Wall Street crashed on “Black Tuesday,” heralding the beginning of America’s Great Depression.



Ten years ago

A Minneapolis memorial service for the late Sen. Paul Wellstone turned into a virtual political rally as his friends and relatives urged Minnesotans to honor his memory by putting a Democrat in his seat on Election Day.



Five years ago

A suicide bomber rode his bicycle into a crowd of police recruits in Baqouba, Iraq, killing some 30 people.



One year ago

A “white Halloween” storm with record-setting snowfalls brought down trees across the northeastern U.S., knocking out power to millions; 39 deaths were blamed on the weather. A grain elevator explosion in Atchison, Kan., killed six people. A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into an armored NATO bus on a busy thoroughfare in Kabul, killing 17 people, including a dozen Americans. Jimmy Savile, 84, a veteran British broadcaster and famously eccentric culture figure, died in Leeds, England, two days before his birthday. (Since then, there have been allegations that Savile had molested dozens, possibly hundreds, of girls.)