Today is Sunday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2013. There are 72 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct 20 -
In 1740, Maria Theresa became ruler of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia upon the death of her father, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI.
In 1803, the U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.
In 1903, a joint commission ruled in favor of the United States in a boundary dispute between the District of Alaska and Canada.
In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence and infiltration in the U.S. motion picture industry.
In 1964, the 31st president of the United States, Herbert Hoover, died in New York at age 90.
In 1967, seven men were convicted in Meridian, Miss., of violating the civil rights of three slain civil rights workers.
In 1979, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum was dedicated in Boston.
In 1987, 10 people were killed when an Air Force jet crashed into a Ramada Inn hotel near Indianapolis International Airport after the pilot, who was trying to make an emergency landing, ejected safely.
In 1990, three members of the rap group 2 Live Crew were acquitted by a jury in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. of violating obscenity laws with an adults-only concert in nearby Hollywood the previous June.
In 2002, with a U.S. invasion looming, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein issued an amnesty decree releasing everyone from pickpockets to political prisoners from prison.
In 2003. Arkansas TV anchorwoman Anne Pressly was found severely beaten in her Little Rock home; she died several days later. (A suspect, Curtis Vance, faces trial.)
In entertainment history -
In 1954, singer LaVern Baker recorded "Tweedlee Dee" in New York. It became her first major hit.
In 1976, Led Zeppelin's concert film "The Song Remains The Same" premiered in London.
In 1983, country singer-songwriter Merle Travis died at age 65.
In 1991, country singer Clint Black and actress Lisa Hartman were married.
In 1992, Madonna's album "Erotica" was released, one day before her book "Sex" hit the bookshelves.
In 1998, former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell was appointed a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund.
In 2003, character actor Jack Elam died at age 84.