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10/7/2021 12:06:00 AM
Today In History - October 7

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Today in History in 1492 Columbus misses Florida when he changed course; in 1957 American Bandstand premiered; and in 1971 Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1492 - Columbus misses Florida when he changes course
  • 1763 - George III of Great Britain issues Proclamation of 1763, closing lands in North America north & west of Alleghenies to white settlement
  • 1765 - Stamp Act Congress convenes in NY
  • 1913 - Henry Ford institutes moving assembly line
  • 1916 - Georgia Tech, coached by John Heisman, defeat Cumberland 222-0, the most lopsided score in the history of college football
  • 1929 - Ramsay MacDonald is first British premier to address US Congress
  • 1952 - First "Bandstand" broadcast in Philadelphia on WFIL-TV (Dick Clark joins in 1955 as a substitute-host)
  • 1957 - "American Bandstand" premieres
  • 1958 - US manned space-flight project renamed Project Mercury
  • 1960 - "Route 66" premieres
  • 1971 - Disney World opens in Orlando, Florida
  • 2003 - Gray Davis is recalled as Governor of California, three years before the official end of his office term. Film star Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected Governor.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1746 - William Billings, Boston Mass, hymn composer (Rose of Sharon)
  • 1926 - Diana Lynn, LA CA, actress (Annapolis Story, Easy Come Easy Go)
  • 1927 - Al Martino, Phila, singer (Here in My Heart)/actor (Godfather)
  • 1931 - Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop of S Afr (Nobel Peace Prize 1982)
  • 1943 - Oliver L North, US colonel (Irangate)
  • 1952 - Vladimir Putin, Russian politician
  • 1955 - Yo-Yo Ma, Paris, France, world famous cellist (2001 National Medal of Arts, 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom)
  • 1958 - Judy Landers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, American actress (BJ & the Bear, Madame's Place)
  • 1959 - Simon Cowell, Lambeth, London, recording executive and television producer (X-Factor, American Idol)
  • 1967 - Toni Braxton, American singer
  • 1976 - Taylor Hicks, American musician
  • 1976 - Rachel McAdams, Canadian actress

Famous Weddings

  • 1776 - Crown Prince Paul of Russia marries Sophie Marie Dorothea of Württemberg.
  • 1914 - 44th US Ambassador to the United Kingdom Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (26) weds John F. Fitzgerald's mother, Rose Fitzgerald (24)
  • 1965 - Actress and comedian Phyllis Diller (48) weds actor Warde Donovan
  • 1978 - Country singer Merle Haggard (41) weds his backup singer Leona Williams (35)
  • 1989 - Radio talk show host Larry King weds Julie Alexander
  • 1995 - "Cheers" actor Ted Danson (47) weds Academy Award-winning actress Mary Steenbergen (42)
  • 2006 - Comedian-actor Tim Allen (53) weds actress Jane Hajduk (39) at an outdoor ceremony in Grand Lake, Colorado
  • 2012 - Media personality Jack Osbourne (26) weds Lisa Stelly on the Big Island of Hawaii

Famous Divorces

  • 1988 - Robin Givens files for divorce after 8-month marriage to Mike Tyson
  • 2004 - Actress Andie MacDowell (46) divorces businessman Rhett Hartzog (45) after nearly three years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1792 - George Mason, American statesman, advocated for "The Bill of Rights" (b. 1725)
  • 1849 - Edgar Allan Poe, American writer, poet and critic, dies in Baltimore at 40
  • 1959 - Mario Lanza, opera singer, dies at 38 of a heart attack
  • 1991 - Leo Durocher, baseball player and manager (Dodgers, Giants), dies at 86
  • 1993 - Agnes de Mille, choreographer (Oklahoma!, Rodeo), dies at 88

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