Today's History Trivia for October 10
Vice-President Agnew Resigns
U.S. Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew resigns and pleads no contest to income tax evasion charges and is fined $10,000 and put on three years' probation in exchange for dropping charges of political corruption. He was under investigation for taking kickbacks for construction projects in Baltimore while he was chief executive of Baltimore County and later governor of Maryland. He was the second U.S. Vice-President to resign.
1920 First World Series Bases-Loaded Grand Slam Elmer "Mike" Smith batting for Cleveland against Brooklyn. In the same game, in the 5th inning, Bill Wambsganss (Cleveland) turns the first and only unassisted triple play ever in the Series.
2002 Iraq War "If we think there is a fast solution to changing the governance of Iraq, then we don’t understand history, the nature of the country, the divisions, or the underneath-suppressed passions that could rise up. God help us if we think this transition will occur easily." Quote by Four-star Marine Corps general Anthony Zinni.
1991 Anita Hill testifies that Supreme Court nominee Clearance Thomas had sexually harassed her while he was her boss.
1990 Gulf War A 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl testifies at a hearing on Capitol Hill that she had seen Iraqi soldiers come into a Kuwaiti hospital with guns, take babies out of the incubators, taking the incubators, and leaving the babies on the floor to die. It later turned out that she was the daughter of Kuwait's Ambassador to the US and that the story was a lie.
1989 Russian UFO's The Soviet press agency Tass reports that alien creatures had landed a spacecraft in Voronezh, Russia.
1981 Eddie Murphy does Buckwheat Murphy debuts his interpretation of the Little Rascals star.
1978 First U.S. coin to honor a woman The Susan B. Anthony dollar is authorized. Source: Famous First Facts
1953 Winky Dink and You debuts on CBS, an interactive TV show in which the audience helps Winky Dink by writing on the screen.
1952 The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet debuts on ABC. It became TV's longest running situation comedy (ended 1966).
1934 Buckwheat selected 3-year-old Billie Thomas appears at an open audition for the Little Rascals and is selected by producer Hal Roach.
1920 First Unassisted Triple Play in a World Series Game Brooklyn Dodgers' pitcher Clarence Mitchell hits one to Cleveland Indians' second baseman Bill Wambsganss who makes the play. Source: Famous First Facts
1845 U.S. Naval Academy opens at Annapolis, Maryland.
Today's Birthdays for October 10
1958 Tanya Tucker American country singer, Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year (1991). Music: Just Another Love (1986, #1) and Strong Enough to Bend (1988, #1).
1954 David Lee Roth American singer, with Van Halen. Music: Runnin' With the Devil (1976) and Jump (1984, #1).
1946 Ben Vereen American Tony-Emmy-winning actor. TV: Roots (Chicken George) and Webster (Uncle Philip).
1929 Ed Blackwell d. 1992 American jazz drummer.
1921 James Clavell d. 1994 (Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell), British-born American author, screenwriter. Film: The Fly (1958), The Great Escape (1963), To Sir With Love (1967), and Shogun (1975).
1913 Johnny Downs d. 1994 American actor, as one of the Little Rascals, he appeared in 24 Our Gang films (1923-26). Film: Babes in Toyland (1934, Little Boy Blue).
1908 Min Chueh Chang d. 1991 Chinese-born American biologist, co-inventor of the birth control pill.
1908 Johnny Green d. 1989 American Oscar-winning songwriter. Music: Coquette (1928) and Body and Soul (1930). West Side Story (1961), Bye Bye Birdie (1963), and Oliver! (1968).
1901 Frederick Douglass Patterson d. 1988 American educator, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, President of the Tuskegee Institute (1935-53), and founder of the United Negro College Fund (1944).
1900 Helen Hayes d. 1993 American Oscar-Tony-Emmy-winning actress. Film: Victoria Regina (1935), Airport (1970, Oscar), and Herbie Rides Again (1974).
1731 Henry Cavendish d. 1810 English chemist, physicist. Discovered nitric acid and was the first to recognize that hydrogen and oxygen combined to make water.
Deaths for October 10
1980 Buckwheat b. 1931 (William Thomas, Jr.), American actor, one of the Little Rascals, with his famous catch phrase, "Otay!" He appeared in 93 Our Gang films. He later worked as a lab technician with Technicolor editing film. Biography "Otay!" The Billy "Buckwheat" Thomas Story.
1927 Gustave Whitehead b. 1874 Bavarian-born American inventor. According to some documents, he made the first manned heavier-than-air flight in 1901 - two years before the Wright Brothers. Reports were published in the New York Herald, and the Bridgeport Herald and was witnessed by several people, including a reporter for the Bridgeport Herald. Children and youngsters who were present signed affidavits about 30 years later about what they saw. Reports said he started on the wheels from a flat surface, flew 800 meters at a height of 15 meters, and landed softly on the wheels.
1911 Jack Daniel b. 1846 (Jasper Newton Daniel), American whiskey maker. According to legend, he died of blood poisoning from a wound incurred while kicking a safe because he had forgotten the combination. (Biography: Blood and Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel).
2013 Scott Carpenter b. 1925 American astronaut, one of the seven original Project Mercury astronauts. He was the second American to orbit the Earth and the fourth American in space.
2012 Alex Karras b. 1935 American College Hall of Fame football player, pro wrestler, actor. TV: Webster (1983–89, Webster's adoptive father George). Film: Blazing Saddles (1974, Mongo). Football: NFL Detroit Lions (1958-62, 1964-70).
2004 Christopher Reeve b. 1952 American actor. He became a quadriplegic after a horseback-riding accident (1995). Film: The Superman movies (1978-87, the man of steel). Writings: Still Me (1998, won a Grammy for the audio version).
1985 Orson Welles b. 1915 American actor, director, producer, panicked the nation with his radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds (October 30, 1938). He was also the voice of radio's The Shadow and directed the film classic Citizen Kane (1941).
1973 Austin Briggs b. 1908 American cartoonist. Drew Secret Agent X-9 (1938-40) and Flash Gordon dailies (1940-44) and Sundays (1944-48).
1967 George Frederick Dick b. 1881 American physician. He and wife determined the cause of scarlet fever (1924) and developed an immunization for it.
1964 Eddie Cantor b. 1892 (Edward Israel Iskowitz), American comedian. He starred in the Ziegfeld Follies from 1917 to 1919.
1959 Carl Ed b. 1890 American cartoonist. Creator of Harold Teen (1919) which was later made into movies.
1925 James Buchanan Duke b. 1856 American tobacco magnate. He founded the American Tobacco Co. (1890) and Duke University (1925).
1914 Carol I b. 1839 the first King of Rumania (1881-1914).
1885 John McCloskey b. 1810 American Roman Catholic prelate, archbishop of New York, the first American cardinal (1875). Source: An Almanac of the Christian Church
1872 William Henry Seward b. 1801 American statesman. He purchased Alaska for the U.S. from Russia for 2¢ an acre, which was derisively called "Seward's Folly." He was also governor of New York (1839-43), U.S. Senator (1849-61), and U.S. Secretary of State (1861-69).
1797 Carter Braxton b. 1736 American statesman. Signer of the Declaration of Independence. He supported a bill to recruit slaves to fight for the Revolution, giving them their freedom in return. The bill was defeated.