This Day in History

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2003

In Alaska

• In 1964, the Anchorage City Council appointed a 28-person committee to put together a bid for the 1972 Winter Olympics.

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• In 1865, Sydney Laurence, Alaska's most famous artist, was born in Brooklyn, NY. He lived until 1940.

• In 1890, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States, was born in Denison, Texas.

• In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt, campaigning for the presidency, was shot in the chest in Milwaukee. Despite the wound, he went ahead with a scheduled speech.

• In 1943, the Radio Corporation of America completed sale of the NBC Blue radio network to businessman Edward J. Noble for $8 million. The network was renamed the American Broadcasting Co.

• In 1947, Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier as he flew the experimental Bell X-1 rocket plane over Edwards Air Force Base in California.

• In 1960, the idea of a Peace Corps was first suggested by Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy to an audience of students at the University of Michigan.

• In 1964, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

• In 1968, the first live telecast from a manned U.S. spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7.

• In 1990, composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein died in New York at age 72.

• In 1998, "Polka king" Frankie Yankovic died in Tampa, Fla., at age 83. Animal rights advocate and author Cleveland Amory died in New York at age 81. The San Diego Padres won the National League pennant, defeating the Atlanta Braves 5-0 in game six of their championship series.

In the world

• In 1066, Normans under William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings.

• In 1933, Nazi Germany announced it was withdrawing from the League of Nations.

• In 1944, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel committed suicide rather than face execution for allegedly conspiring against Adolf Hitler.

• In 1993, U.S. helicopter pilot Michael Durant and a Nigerian peacekeeper were freed by Somali fighters loyal to Mohamed Farrah Aidid. In Haiti, gunmen assassinated Justice Minister Guy Malary, a supporter of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

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