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This Day in History – October 20

On October 20 in 1977, during a flight from Greenville, South Carolina, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this band's tour plane crashed in a heavily wooded area of southeastern Mississippi during a failed emergency landing attempt, killing several band-members

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This Day in History – October 13

On October 13 in 1792, the cornerstone of this famous building is laid in the nation's new capital, Washington, D.C.   - This Day in History

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This Day in History – October 10

The hijacking of this cruise ship reaches a dramatic climax on October 10, 1985 when U.S. Navy F-14 fighters intercept an Egyptian airliner attempting to fly the Palestinian hijackers to freedom and force the jet to land at a NATO base in Sigonella, Sicily

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This Day in History – October 9

On October 9 in 1967, this revolutionary and guerilla leader is killed by the Bolivian army. The U.S.-military-backed Bolivian forces captured him on October 8 while battling his band of guerillas in Bolivia and assassinated him the following day

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This Day in History – October 8

On this day in 1871, flames spark in this city, igniting a two-day blaze that kills between 200 and 300 people, destroys 17,450 buildings, leaves 100,000 homeless and causes an estimated $200 million (in 1871 dollars; $3 billion in 2007 dollars) in damages

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This Day in History – October 7

On October 7 in 2003, this actor is elected governor of California, the most populous state in the nation with the world's fifth-largest economy. Despite his inexperience, he came out on top in the 11-week campaign to replace Gray Davis, who had earlier become the first United States governor to be recalled by the people since 1921

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This Day in History – October 6

On October 6 in 1866, the Reno gang carries out the first robbery of this kind in the U.S., making off with over $10,000 in Jackson County, Indiana.  - This Day in History

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This Day in History – October 3

At the end of a sensational trial, this suspect is acquitted of the brutal 1994 double murder of his estranged wife and her friend. In the epic 252-day trial, his "dream team" of lawyers employed creative and controversial methods to convince jurors that his guilt had not been proved "beyond a reasonable doubt," thus surmounting what the prosecution called a "mountain of evidence" implicating him as the murderer

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This Day in History – October 2

On October 2 in 1985, this person becomes the first major U.S. celebrity to die of complications from AIDS. His death raised public awareness of the epidemic, which until that time had been ignored by many in the mainstream as a "gay plague

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This Day in History – October 1

On October 1 in 1890, an act of Congress creates national site, home of such natural wonders as Half Dome and the giant sequoia trees. Environmental trailblazer John Muir (1838-1914) and his colleagues campaigned for the congressional action, which was signed into law by President Benjamin Harrison and paved the way for generations of hikers, campers and nature lovers, along with countless "Don't Feed the Bears" signs

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