Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 276th day of 2008. There are 90 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 2, 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
On this date:
In 1780, British spy John Andre was hanged in Tappan, N.Y.
In 1835, the first battle of the Texas Revolution took place as American settlers fought Mexican soldiers near the Guadalupe River; the Mexicans ended up withdrawing.
In 1869, political and spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi was born in Porbandar, India.
In 1919, President Wilson suffered a stroke at the White House that left him partially paralyzed.
In 1941, during World War II, German armies began an all-out drive against Moscow.
In 1944, Nazi troops crushed the two-month-old Warsaw Uprising, during which a quarter of a million people were killed.
In 1950, the comic strip "Peanuts," created by Charles M. Schulz, was syndicated to seven newspapers.
In 1958, the former French colony of Guinea in West Africa proclaimed its independence.
In 1985, actor Rock Hudson died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 59 after battling AIDS.
In 2006, an armed milk truck driver took a group of girls hostage in an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., killing five of the girls and wounding five others before committing suicide.
Ten years ago: The House released 4,600 pages of evidence that meticulously detailed President Clinton's efforts to contain the Monica Lewinsky scandal as it erupted. Hollywood's original singing cowboy and former owner of the Anaheim Angels, Gene Autry, died at age 91.
Five years ago: The Los Angeles Times published allegations that California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger had sexually harassed six women in the past; the actor acknowledged "bad behavior" on his part, and apologized. The House voted 281-142 to prohibit doctors from carrying out what abortion opponents called partial birth abortion. South African J.M. Coetzee won the 2003 Nobel Prize for literature. Former Labor Secretary John Dunlop died at age 89.
One year ago: Blackwater chairman Erik Prince, testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, vigorously rejected charges that guards from his private security firm acted recklessly while protecting State Department personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. Five workers were found dead 1,000 feet inside an empty underground water tunnel following a chemical fire at a Colorado hydroelectric plant. A federal jury in New York ordered the owners of the New York Knicks to pay $11.6 million to former team executive Anucha Browne Sanders, concluding she'd been sexually harassed and fired out of spite. Tony Award-winning actor George Grizzard died in New York at age 79.
Today's Birthdays: Country singer-musician Leon Rausch (Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys) is 81. Former Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills is 76. Movie critic Rex Reed is 70. Singer-songwriter Don McLean is 63. Cajun/country singer Jo-el Sonnier is 62. Actor Avery Brooks is 60. Photographer Annie Leibovitz is 59. Rock musician Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike & the Mechanics) is 58. Singer-actor Sting is 57. Actress Lorraine Bracco is 54. Country musician Greg Jennings (Restless Heart) is 54. Rock singer Phil Oakey (The Human League) is 53. Rhythm-and-blues singer Freddie Jackson is 50. Singer-producer Robbie Nevil is 50. Retro-soul singer James Hunter is 46. Rock musician Bud Gaugh (Sublime, Eyes Adrift) is 41. Folk-country singer Gillian Welch is 41. Country singer Kelly Willis is 40. Rhythm-and-blues singer Dion Allen (Az Yet) is 38. Actress-talk show host Kelly Ripa is 38. Singer Tiffany is 37. Rock singer Lene Nystrom is 35. Actor Efren Ramirez is 35. Rhythm-and-blues singer LaTocha Scott (Xscape) is 35. Gospel singer Mandisa (TV: "American Idol") is 32.
Thought for Today: "Heresy is another word for freedom of thought." _ Graham Greene, English writer (1904-1991).