Today is Sunday, Oct. 24, the 297th day of 2010. There are 68 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 24, 1945, the United Nations officially came into existence as its charter took effect. (On this date in 1949, construction began on U.N. headquarters in New York.)
On this date:
In 1648, the Peace of Westphalia (west-FAY'-lee-uh) ended the Thirty Years War and effectively destroyed the Holy Roman Empire.
In 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent as Chief Justice Stephen J. Field of California transmitted a telegram to President Abraham Lincoln.
In 1901, widow Anna Edson (correct) Taylor became the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
In 1931, the George Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, was officially dedicated (it opened to traffic the next day).
In 1940, the 40-hour work week went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
Ten years ago: Secretary of State Madeleine Albright ended two days of historic talks with North Korea's Kim Jong Il, with the Communist leader indicating a willingness to restrain his country's long-range missile program.
Five years ago: Hurricane Wilma knifed through Florida with winds up to 125 mph. Civil rights icon Rosa Parks died in Detroit at age 92. President George W. Bush nominated economic adviser Ben Bernanke (bur-NANG'-kee) to succeed Alan Greenspan as Federal Reserve chairman. Bombs went off near the Palestine and Sheraton hotels in Baghdad, killing as many as 17 Iraqi pedestrians and security guards.
One year ago: Pakistani officials announced that their soldiers had captured the strategically located hometown of Pakistan's Taliban chief after fierce fighting.
Today's Birthdays: Football Hall-of-Famer Y.A. Tittle is 84. Rock musician Bill Wyman is 74. Actor-producer David Nelson is 74. Actor F. Murray Abraham is 71. Actor Kevin Kline is 63. Former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume (kwah-EE'-see oom-FOO'-may) is 62. Country musician Billy Thomas (Terry McBride and the Ride) is 57. Actor B.D. Wong is 50. Rock musician Ben Gillies (Silverchair) is 31. Singer-actress Monica Arnold is 30. Rhythm-and-blues singer Adrienne Bailon (3lw) is 27. Actress Shenae Grimes (TV: "90210") is 21.
Thought for Today: "History must always be taken with a grain of salt. It is, after all, not a science but an art." — Phyllis McGinley, American poet and author (1905-1978).
(Above Advance for Use Sunday, Oct. 24)
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