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On October fourth, 1970, rock
singer Janis Joplin, 27, was found dead in her
Hollywood hotel room.
On this date:
In 1777, George Washington's troops
launched an assault on the British at Germantown,
Pennsylvania, resulting in heavy American
In 1822, the 19th
president of the United States, Rutherford B.
Hayes, was born in Delaware, Ohio.
In 1895, the first
US Open golf tournament was held, at the Newport
Country Club in Rhode Island.
In 1931, the comic
strip "Dick Tracy," created by Chester
Gould, made its debut.
In 1940, Adolf
Hitler and Benito Mussolini conferred at Brenner
Pass in the Alps, where the Nazi leader sought
Italy's help in fighting the British.
In 1957, the Space
Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik,
the first man-made satellite, into orbit.
In 1958, the first
trans-Atlantic passenger jetliner service was
begun by British Overseas Airways Corporation
(BOAC) with flights between London and New York.
agriculture secretary Earl Butz resigned in the
wake of a controversy over a joke he'd made about
In 1978, funeral
services were held at the Vatican for Pope John
Paul the First.
In 1980, some 520
people were forced to abandon the cruise ship
"Prisendam" in the Gulf of Alaska after
the Dutch luxury liner caught fire -- no deaths
or serious injury resulted.
Ten years ago: For
the first time in nearly six decades, German
lawmakers met in the Reichstag for the first
meeting of reunified Germany's parliament.
Five years ago:
Pope John Paul the Second arrived in the United
States for a five-day visit. Hurricane
"Opal" battered the Florida panhandle.
One year ago: An
Illinois jury ordered State Farm to pay $456
million to 4.7 million customers in a lawsuit
accusing the nation's largest car insurer of
using inferior parts for auto body repairs. (Four
days later, the judge ruled State Farm had
committed fraud, and awarded $730 million in
actual and punitive damages on top of the jury
verdict. State Farm is appealing.)
"He who confers a
favor should at once forget it, if he is not to
show a sordid, ungenerous spirit."
Demosthenes, Greek statesman (384 B.C.-322 B.C.).