Today in History

  • Thu Oct 4th, 2012 6:48pm
  • Life

Today is Friday, Oct. 5, the 279th day of 2012. There are 87 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight:

The first James Bond movie, “Dr. No” starring Sean Connery as Agent 007, premiered in London.

On this date:

In 1892, the Dalton Gang, notorious for its train robberies, was practically wiped out while attempting to rob a pair of banks in Coffeyville, Kan.

In 1931, Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon completed the first non-stop flight across the Pacific Ocean, arriving in Washington state some 41 hours after leaving Japan.

In 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt, speaking in Chicago, called for a “quarantine” of aggressor nations.

In 1941, former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis — the first Jewish member of the nation’s highest court — died in Washington at age 84.

In 1947, President Harry S. Truman delivered the first televised White House address as he spoke on the world food crisis.

In 1953, Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th chief justice of the United States, succeeding Fred M. Vinson.

In 1970, British trade commissioner James Richard Cross was kidnapped in Canada by militant Quebec separatists; he was released the following December.

In 1988, Democrat Lloyd Bentsen lambasted Republican Dan Quayle during their vice-presidential debate, telling Quayle, “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”

Associated Press