Today in History
Today is Sunday, Oct. 27, the 300th day of 2013. There are 65 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On October 27th –
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 1858, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, was born in New York City.
In 1904, the first rapid transit subway, the IRT, was inaugurated in New York City.
In 1922, the first annual celebration of Navy Day took place.
In 1971, the Democratic Republic of Congo was renamed the Republic of Zaire (but it went back to its previous name in 1997).
In 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (men-AH'-kem BAY'-gihn) were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their progress toward achieving a Middle East accord.
In 2001, in Washington, the search for deadly anthrax widened to thousands of businesses and 30 mail distribution centers.
In 2012, sixty million people in the eastern United States braced for high winds, torrential rains, power outages and even snow from Hurricane Sandy, which was headed toward a merger with two wintry weather systems.
In entertainment history, on Oct 27 –
In 1936, country artist Ernest Tubb made his first recordings.
In 1947, the radio show "You Bet Your Life," starring Groucho Marx, premiered on ABC. It later became a television show on NBC.
In 1954, Marilyn Monroe's divorce from Joe DiMaggio was finalized.
In 1956, Clarence Henry's "Ain't Got No Home" was released. It was his first hit and the inspiration for his name "Frogman," since he sings like a frog on the record.
In 1975, Bruce Springsteen appeared on the covers of both Newsweek and Time.
In 1989, Jane Pauley announced that she was leaving NBC's "Today" show.
In 1995, singer Gloria Estefan performed for Pope John Paul the Second as part of the celebration of his 50th anniversary in the priesthood. She was the first pop star to receive a call from the Pope to perform.
In 2003 Rod Roddy, announcer on "The Price is Right," died in Los Angeles at age 66.
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).