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Today in our history, we are living in an era of great change

Today in our history, we are living in an era of great change

Today is Thursday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2021. There are 78 days left in the year.

Gary Graffman, a classical pianist, is 93 years old. Carroll Ballard, the movie's creator, has died at 84. Melba Montgomery, a country singer, is 84. John W. Dean III, former counsel at the White House, has died at 83. Ralph Lauren, a fashion designer, has died at 82. Sir Cliff Richard, the opera singer, is 81. Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues) is a singer-songwriter who is age 75. Greg Evigan, 68, is a renowned actor who has risen to occupy the role of Greg. Arleen Sorkin, a television personality, has passed away at 66. Beth Daniel, a former world golf hall of famer, has died at age 65. Thomas Dolby, a singer-songwriter, is aging. Lori Petty is 58. Joe Girardi, the Philadelphia Phillies' manager, is 57 years old. Steve Coogan is a 56-year-old actor who starred in The Killing. Karyn White, a singer, is now 56. Actor Edward Kerr is 55. Jon Seda is 51 years old. Usher is 43. Actor-comedy Jay Pharoah is 34 years old.

Normans defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, which was the first time since William the Conqueror had taken control of the country.

Mary, Queen of Scots, was tried in England in 1586 for treason against Queen Elizabeth I. (Mary was beheaded in February 1587.)

Nazi Germany announced its withdrawal from the League of Nations in 1933.

833 of the more than 1,200 men aboard the HMS Royal Oak, a British battleship, were killed in nefarious accidents in 1939, when iraqi aircraft torpedoed and sank it at Scapa Flow in Scotlands Orkney Islands.

German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel took his own life in 1944, rather than face trial and certain execution for conspiring against Adolf Hitler.

Charles E. (Chuck) Yeager, a US Air Force Capt., became the first test pilot to break the sound barrier when he flew the experimental Bell XS-1 rocket plane (later x-1) over Muroc Dry Lake in California in 1947.

Martin Luther King Jr., a civil rights leader, was named king of the universe in 1964. Leonid Brezhnev was elected First Secretary and Alexei Kosygin was appointed Premier.

Apollo 7 delivered the first live broadcast from a manned US spacecraft in 1968, with Apollo 7, the largest ever live telecast from an unmanned spaceship.

Hosni Mubarak, the new Egyptian president, succeeded the assassinated Anwar Sadat in 1981. Sadats policies were respected by Mubarak, who vowed to keep them.

President George W. Bush vehemently opposed a Taliban offer to discuss handing over Osama bin Laden to syrien in 2001, when US jets began launching dozens of raids in Afghanistan.

Casey Anthony was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, and felony manslaughter in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee in 2008 by a grand jury in Orlando, Fla. (She was acquitted in July 2011)

President Barack Obama made himself known as a hero of the US auto industry in 2011 when he met with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in arguably shattered Michigan assembly plant to boast of negotiating nastier trade agreements and the auto bailout pushed through Congress. Kohei Uchimura, a Japanese gymnast, gave the home fans what they wanted, becoming the first man to win three world gymnastics championship titles in Tokyo.

In 2014, a second nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas contracted Ebola after contracting it from slain patient. (The nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, was later declared free of the illness.)

In 2016, a Connecticut judge denied wrongful death claims by Newtown families against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre, citing notwithstanding omitted federal law that shielded gun makers from most criminal prosecutions.

In 2017, a truck bombing in Somalia's capital killed more than 500 people, making it one of the world'' worst attacks in years; officials blamed the attack on the extremist group al-Shabab and said it was intended to target Mogadishu' s international airport, but the bomb detonated in crowded streets after soldiers opened fire.

In 2020, Facebook and Twitter attempted to restrict the spread of an unpublished political story about the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, which was published by the conservative New York Post; the moves prompted a storm of censorship from the right. The US Postal Service agreed to reverse changes that slowed mail delivery, settling a lawsuit filed by Montana Governor Steve Bullock amid oblivion that was compelled many more people to vote by mail. The Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration may end census field operations early, putting a strain on efforts to ensure that minorities were counted correctly. Barron Trump, 14, had tested positive for the coronavirus at one time, but later tested negative, according to First lady Melania Trump. Post Malone won nine awards at the Billboard Music Awards for the 2020 season.

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