Today is Thursday, October 5, 2017.
1713 Denis Diderot, encyclopaedist
1829 Chester A. Arthur, 21st President (1881-1884)
1882 Robert Hutchings Goddard, father of modern rocketry
1902 Larry Fine
1905 Ray Kroc, who gave Ronald McDonald a job.
1908 Joshua Logan, Broadway producer
1919 Donald Pleasence
1923 Glynis Johns
1951 Karen Allen
1954 Bob Geldof
1965 Mario Lemieux
1972 Grant Hill
1975 Kate Winslet
1908 Bulgaria declares independence from Turkey
1910 Portugal overthrows monarchy, proclaims republic
1921 the first radio broadcast of a World Series.
1923 Edwin Hubble identifies the first Cepheid variable star
1931 first nonstop transpacific flight, Japan to Washington state
1970 PBS becomes a network. TV worth watching.
1982 Unmanned rocket sled reaches 9,851 kph at White Sands, N. Mexico
1984 Challenger carries first Canadian, Marc Garneau, into orbit.
1991 Linus Torvolds releases Linux 0.02, a "free version of minix-lookalike."
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