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Monday, October 27, 2008


Today is Monday, Oct. 27, the 301st day of 2008.
There are 65 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

  • On Oct. 27, 1858, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, was born in New York City.

On this date:

  • In 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers, a series of essays calling for ratification of the United States Constitution, was published in New York.
  • In 1795, the United States and Spain signed the Treaty of San Lorenzo (also known as "Pinckney's Treaty"), which provided for free navigation of the Mississippi River.
  • In 1880, Theodore Roosevelt married his first wife, Alice Lee.
  • In 1904, the first rapid transit subway, the IRT, was inaugurated in New York City.
  • In 1907, Union Station in Washington, D.C., opened.
  • In 1914, author-poet Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea, Wales.
  • In 1922, the first annual celebration of Navy Day took place.
  • In 1938, Du Pont announced a name for its new synthetic yarn: "nylon."
  • In 1954, Walt Disney's first television program, titled "Disneyland" after the yet-to-be completed theme park, premiered on ABC.
  • 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.

Ten years ago:
  • Hurricane Mitch cut through the western Caribbean, pummeling coastal Honduras and Belize; the storm caused several thousand deaths in Central America in the days that followed.
  • Serb forces drew back from former Kosovo battlefronts, holding off the immediate threat of NATO airstrikes.

Five years ago:
  • Suicide bombers in Baghdad struck Red Cross headquarters and three police stations, killing dozens of people.
  • Former Washington Mayor Walter Edward Washington died at age 88.
  • Rod Roddy, announcer on "The Price is Right," died in Los Angeles at age 66.

One year ago:
  • Despite significant dissent among some of its workers, United Auto Workers members narrowly passed a four-year contract agreement with Chrysler LLC.
  • The Boston Red Sox took a 3-0 World Series lead with a 10-5 win over the Colorado Rockies in Denver.

Today's Birthdays:
  • Actress Nanette Fabray is 88.
  • Baseball Hall-of-Famer and sportscaster Ralph Kiner is 86.
  • Actress Ruby Dee is 84.
  • Former Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher is 83.
  • Actor-comedian John Cleese is 69.
  • Country singer Lee Greenwood is 66.
  • Producer-director Ivan Reitman is 62.
  • Country singer-musician Jack Daniels is 59.
  • Rock musician Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) is 59.
  • Author Fran Lebowitz is 58.
  • Rock musician K.K. Downing (Judas Priest) is 57.
  • Actor-director Roberto Benigni is 56.
  • Actor Peter Firth is 55.
  • Actor Robert Picardo is 55.
  • Singer Simon Le Bon is 50.
  • Musician J.D. McFadden is 44.
  • Rock musician Jason Finn (Presidents of the United States of America) is 41.
  • Rock singer Scott Weiland is 41.
  • Actor Sean Holland is 40.
  • Actress Sheeri Rappaport is 31.
  • Actress-singer Kelly Osbourne is 24.

Thought for Today:
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."
Theodore Roosevelt, American president (1858-1919).

"Let's all be careful out there!"