This Day in History

Posted: Monday, October 01, 2007

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In 1907, New York's Plaza Hotel opened to the public.

In 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile to the market.

In 1957, the motto "In God We Trust" began appearing on U.S. paper currency.

In 1961, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run to set a new record for homers in a season.

In 1964, the Free Speech Movement was launched at the University of California Berkeley.

In 1971, Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Fla.

In 1987, eight people were killed when an earthquake measuring magnitude 5.9 struck the Los Angeles area.

In 1997, in Pearl, Miss., 16-year-old Luke Woodham stabbed his mother to death, then went to school with a rifle and opened fire, killing his former girlfriend and another student and wounding seven others. (Woodham is serving three life sentences plus 140 years in prison.)

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