Today is Wednesday, October 14th. It’s National Dessert Day, National Fossil Day, National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day, National Chocolate-Covered Insects Day, Emergency Nurses Day, National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work & School Day, National Curves Day, National FRUMP Day, National Lowercase Day, National Stop Bullying Day and Be Bald & Be Free Day
There are 16 days until SIU football plays SEMO in the War For The Wheel Game
There are 17 days until Halloween
There are 18 days remaining until Daylight Saving Time ends
There are 43 days until Thanksgiving
There are 72 days until Christmas
Today is the day that…
— in 1884, George Eastman patents paper-strip photographic film
— in 1892, Arthur Conan Doyle publishes “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes,” a collection of twelve stories originally published serially in “The Strand Magazine”
— in 1926, A. A. Milne’s book “Winnie the Pooh” is released
— in 1943, RCA sells the NBC Blue radio network to Edward J. Noble for $8 million. It would eventually be renamed the American Broadcasting Company.
— in 1960, The Peace Corps is first suggested by John F. Kennedy in a speech at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
— in 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his civil rights work
— in 1968, The first live telecast to come from a manned U.S. spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7
— in 1970, Leading up to his “War On Drugs” initiative, President Richard Nixon encourages radio stations to work with him in stopping drug abuse.
— in 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on ABC-TV’s The Dick Cavett Show to promote John’s new album Imagine, Yoko’s new book, and their upcoming art exhibition
— in 1977, Bing Crosby dies of a heart attack after finishing a round of golf in Spain. He was 73.
— also in 1977, KISS release Alive II, recorded over three nights at the Forum in Los Angeles
— in 1978, all four KISS solo LPs enter the Billboard Albums chart at #85 thru #89 respectively. Gene Simmons’ album winds up selling the most copies.
— in 1980, then-Presidential nominee Ronald Reagan promises to name a woman to the U.S. Supreme Court
— in 1986, The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel, for his efforts to ensure the Holocaust was remembered
— in 1987, Danny Cox tosses a complete-game 8-hitter as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 6-0 to win the National League Championship Series
— also in 1987, In Midland, Texas, toddler Jessica McClure falls 22 feet down a well, setting off a frantic 56-hour rescue mission that captured the world’s attention.
— in 1994, the movie Pulp Fiction opens in theaters, directed by Quentin Tarantino, and starring John Travolta in his comeback role
— in 1996, Madonna gives birth to her first child, a daughter named Lourdes
— in 1998, the FBI charged Eric Robert Rudolph with 6 bombings including the 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta
— in 2003, John Allen Muhammad plead innocent to murder in the Washington-area sniper case. He was later convicted and sentenced to death.
— also in 2003, the Chicago Cubs lost Game 6 of the NLCS to the Florida Marlins, 8-3. With the Cubs leading 3-0 in the 8th inning, and four outs away from the National League pennant, the Marlins’ Luis Castillo hit a fly ball into foul territory in left field. A fan, Steve Bartman reached for the ball, but he deflected it, disrupting Moises Alou’s potential catch. The Cubs would go on to lose Game 7 and the series the following night.
— in 2007, the reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” featuring Kim, Khloé, and Kourtney Kardashian, premieres on E!
— in 2008, Florida mother Casey Anthony was charged with killing her 3 year-old daughter, Caylee. Casey waited a month before telling the Florida police her daughter was missing.
— in 2009, former pro wrestler, manager and actor Captain Lou Albano died at the age of 76.
— in 2011, the Apple iPhone 4S was released
— in 2012, Felix Baumgartner became the first skydiver to break the speed of sound, descending 24 miles in a jump over the New Mexico desert
— in 2014, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg donated $25 million to fight Ebola
— and in 2017, disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein is expelled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after historical revelations of sexual harassment and rape
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