Thursday, October 1, 2009


This Day in History, October 1
On October 1st, 1908, Ford introduced the Model T.

Other Notable Events, Oct. 1
In 1903, the first World Series opened in Boston. The Boston Pilgrims of the American League closed out the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League in the eighth game of a best-of-nine series.

In 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model-T automobile.

In 1949, Mao Zedong and other communist leaders formally proclaimed establishment of the People's Republic of China.

In 1974, former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell and four other Nixon administration officials went on trial on Watergate cover-up charges.

In 1991, the United States suspended economic aid to Haiti and refused to recognize the military junta that ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

In 1992, Dallas billionaire Ross Perot formally announced his candidacy for the presidency. He called his group the Reform Party.

Also in 1992, a missile accidentally fired by the U.S.S. Saratoga struck a Turkish destroyer in the Aegean Sea, killing nine Turkish sailors.

In 1995, 10 Muslims were convicted of conspiring to conduct a terrorist campaign in the New York City area aimed at forcing the United States to drop its support of Egypt and Israel.

In 2001, about 40 people were killed when a militant Muslim group attacked the legislative assembly building in the Indian province of Jammu and Kashmir.

In 2003, a report said hostility to the United States "has reached shocking levels" among Muslims and Arabs.

In 2004, the U.S. army said it killed 109 Sunni insurgents in a major offensive with Iraqi national guards against the city of Samara.

In 2005, a reported 36 people, mostly foreign tourists, died in explosions at two resort restaurants on the island of Bali. More than 100 others were reported injured.

In 2006, Brazilians voted for president following a campaign rife with corruption allegations against incumbent and favored Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

In 2007, Vladimir Putin, ineligible to seek another term as Russian president after eight years in the post, indicated to lawmakers his desire to become prime minister.

Notable Birthdays for Oct. 1
Those born on this date include:
- Navy Capt. James Lawrence, hero of the War of 1812, in 1781
- Novelist Faith Baldwin in 1893
- Pianist Vladimir Horowitz in 1903
- Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States, in 1924 (age 85)
- U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, also in 1924
- Former major league batting champion Rod Carew in 1945 (age 64)
- Actor Walter Matthau in 1920
- Actor James Whitmore in 1921 (age 88)
- Actor Tom Bosley in 1927 (age 82)
- Actor George Peppard in 1928
- Actor Laurence Harvey in 1928
- Actor Richard Harris in 1930
- Actress Julie Andrews in 1935 (age 74)
- Actress Stella Stevens in 1936 (age 73)
- Actor Stephen Collins in 1947 (age 62)
- Actor Randy Quaid in 1950 (age 59)
- Former home run champ Mark McGwire in 1963 (age 46)

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