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–Today In History —

Today is Tuesday, October 10th, the 283rd day of the year. There are 82 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1935, the George Gershwin opera “Porgy and Bess,” opened on Broadway.

In 1952, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” debuted on ABC Television.

In 1965, The Red Baron made his first appearance in the “Peanuts” comic strip.

In 1966, the game “Twister” was introduced by Milton Bradley.

In 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew pleaded no contest to one count of federal tax evasion and later resigned his office.

In 1975, Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor married actor Richard Burton, again.

In 1976, Meadowlands Stadium opened in New Jersey.

In 1977, “Broadway” Joe Namath ended his National Football League playing career.

In 1985, legendary actor, director, producer Orson Welles died at the age of 70. Welles is best known for his film, “Citizen Kane.”

In 1986, advertising executive Hal Mason died at the age of 69. He created such popular commercial figures as the Pillsbury Doughboy and Mr. Clean.

In 1992, Michael Jackson’s first television concert aired on HBO.

In 1997, the major tobacco companies agreed to a settlement in the class-action suit brought against them by 60-thousand present and former flight attendants, who claimed secondhand smoke in airplanes had caused them to get cancer and other diseases.

In 2001, President Bush unveiled a list of 22 most-wanted terrorists, including Osama bin Laden and his associates.

In 2004, “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve died of heart failure at the age of 52.

In 2015, big crowds turned out to mark the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, DC. The original event brought African-American men together for one of the largest civil rights rallies in American history two decades ago.

In 2015, “Playboy” magazine announced it would stop publishing pictures of fully nude women in its print editions. About a year later, the magazine resumed printing nude pictures.

In 2016, Red Sox star David Ortiz retired. “Big Papi” played his final game for Boston as the Red Sox were swept by the Indians in the American League Division Series.

Today In Rock History

In 1978
Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Steve Tyler were hurt after a cherry bomb was thrown on stage in Philadelphia while touring.

In 1980
Led Zeppelin’s drummer John Bonham “Bonzo” was laid to rest. He was found dead at Jimmy Page’s house from asphyxiation after inhaling his own vomit after taking 40 vodka shots in four hours. He was 32.

In 1999
A charity auction sold Elvis Presley’s belongings at The Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

In 2007
A survey in Blender magazine named Sting as the worst lyricists ever.

In 2013
Paul McCartney and his band had a short impromptu concert on a long truck in the middle of Times Square. The free concert attracted over three-thousand people. McCartney performed songs from his new album.

In 2014
Taylor Swift was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year 2014. This made her the first artist to be awarded the honor twice. The honor is awarded to the female artist who over the last year “has shaped and inspired the music industry with her success, leadership and innovation.”

In 2015
Steve Mackay, an American tenor saxophone player died from sepsis in a California hospital at the age of 66. He worked with the Stooges, Violent Femmes, Snakefinger, Commander Cody and others.

Today’s Birthdays

Actor Peter Coyote is 76. (Born 1941) His credits include the TV series “Brothers & Sisters,: “The 4400” and “Commander-in-Chief” and the movies “Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief,” “Adopt a Sailor,” “Shadow of Fear,” “A Walk to Remember” and “Patch Adams.”

Tony Award-winning singer and actor Ben Vereen is 71. (Born 1946) His credits include the TV series “Oz,” the miniseries “Roots,” and the movies “Idlewild,” “The Painting” and “All That Jazz.”

Musician Cyril Neville is 69. (Born 1948) He’s a member of the Neville Brothers.

Actress Jessica Harper is 68. (Born 1949) Her credits include the TV series “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and the movies “Minority Report” and “Phantom of the Paradise.”

Musician and activist Midge Ure is 64. (Born 1953) He was in the group Ultravox. Along with Bob Geldof, Ure was an organizer of the Live Aid and Live 8 events.

Singer David Lee Roth is 63. (Born 1954) He is the lead singer of the group Van Halen.

Country singer Tanya Tucker is 59. (Born 1958)

Emmy Award-winning actor Bradley Whitford is 58. (Born 1959) He won the Emmy for his work on the TV show “The West Wing.” His other credits include the TV series “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and the movies “Get Out,” “The Cabin in the Woods,” “Bottle Shock,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “Kate & Leopold,” “Billy Madison,” “The Client,” and “Scent of a Woman.”

Actress comedienne Julia Sweeney is 58. (Born 1959) She is best known for her work on “Saturday Night Live.” Her other credits include the movies “Beethoven’s 3rd,” “Beethoven’s 4th,” “Whatever It Takes,” and “Clockstoppers.”

Voice actress Jodi Benson is 56. (Born 1961) She is best known for voicing Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” films and Barbie in the “Toy story” films.

Rapper DJ Skribble is 49. (Born 1968)

NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre is 48. (Born 1969) He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2016 class.

TV personality Mario Lopez is 44. (Born 1973) His credits include hosting the TV series “The X Factor,” “Extra,” “ESPN Hollywood,” “America’s Most Talented Kid,” and the talk show “The Other Half.” His acting credits include the sitcom “Saved By The Bell.” He finished in second place on a season of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.”

Race car driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is 43. (Born 1974)

Actress Jodi Lyn O’Keefe is 39. (Born 1978) Her credits include the movies “She’s All That” and “The Crow: Salvation” and the TV series “Prison Break,” “The Evidence” and “Nash Bridges.”

Pop singer Mya is 38. (Born 1979)

Baseball player Andrew McCutchen is 31. (Born 1986) He was named the National League MVP in 2013.

Actress Aimee Teegarden is 28. (Born 1989) She starred as Julie Taylor on NBC’s “Friday Night Lights.” Her credits include TV show “Notorious,” “Star-Crossed,” and films “Prom,” “Scream 4” and “Love And Honor.”

These famous people would have celebrated birthdays on this day:

French painter Jean-Antoine Watteau. (Born 1684)

Composer Guiseppe Verdi. (Born 1813)

Academy Award-winning actress Helen Hayes. (Born 1900) She is known as the First Lady of the American Theatre. She won Oscars for the movies “Airport” and “The Sin of Madelon Claudet.”

Academy Award-winning composer and arranger Johnny Green. (Born 1908) He won Oscars for “West Side Story,” “Oliver,” “Easter Parade” and “An American in Paris.”

Actress Florida Friebus. (Born 1909) Her credits include the TV shows “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” and “The Bob Newhart Show.”

Musician Ivory Joe Hunter. (Born 1914)

Hockey Hall of Famer Bill Chadwick. (Born 1915) As a referee, he developed hand signals to signify penalties.

Jazz legend Thelonious Monk. (Born 1917)

Film producer and director Ed Wood. (Born 1924)

Emmy Award-winning author and screenwriter James Clavell. (Born 1924) He won the Emmy for “Shogun.” His other credits include the movies “The Fly,” and “The Great Escape.”

Actor Richard Jaeckel. (Born 1926) He appeared in several films including “The Sands of Iwo Jima” and “The Dirty Dozen.”

Playwright Harold Pinter. (Born 1930) He wrote the screenplays for “Betrayal” and “The French Lieutenant’s Woman.”

Singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl. (Born 1959)

Journalist Daniel Pearl. (Born 1963)

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