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TODAY IN HISTORY – Wilmington News Journal

Today is Thursday, October 6, the 279th day of 2022. There are 86 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On October 6, 1973, war broke out in the Middle East when Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israel during the Yom Kippur holiday. (Israel, initially caught off guard, managed to repel Arab forces before a ceasefire finally took hold in the nearly three-week conflict.)

To this date :

In 1536, English theologian and scholar William Tyndale, who was the first to translate the Bible into modern English, was executed for heresy.

In 1927, the era of talking pictures arrived with the overture to “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson, a feature film containing both silent and synchronized sound sequences.

In 1939, in a speech to the Reichstag, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler spoke of his plans to reorganize the ethnic configuration of Europe – a plan which would involve dealing with the “Jewish problem”.

In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford, during his second presidential debate with Democrat Jimmy Carter, asserted that there was “no Soviet domination over Eastern Europe”. (Ford later admitted that was not the case.)

In 1979, Pope John Paul II, during a week-long tour of the United States, became the first pontiff to visit the White House, where he was received by President Jimmy Carter.

In 1981, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was shot dead by extremists while surveying a military parade.

In 2003, American Paul Lauterbur and Briton Peter Mansfield won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discoveries that led to magnetic resonance imaging.

In 2014, the Supreme Court unexpectedly paved the way for a dramatic expansion of same-sex marriage in the United States by rejecting appeals from five states seeking to preserve their bans, making same-sex marriages legal in 30 states.

In 2018, in the narrowest Senate confirmation of a Supreme Court justice in nearly a century and a half, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed by a vote of 50 to 48; he was sworn in a few hours later.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Britt Ekland turns 80. Rock singer Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) is 71 years old. Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dungy is 67 years old. Actor Elisabeth Shue is 59 years old. Singer Matthew Sweet is 58 years old.


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