Today is Friday, Oct. 10, the 283rd day of 2014. There are 82 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 10, 1964, the Summer Olympics were opened in Tokyo by Japanese
Emperor Hirohito; it was the first time the games were held in Asia.
On this date:
In 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy was established in Annapolis, Maryland.
In 1913, the Panama Canal was effectively completed as President Woodrow Wilson sent a signal from the
White House by telegraph, setting off explosives that destroyed a section of the Gamboa dike.
In 1935, the George Gershwin opera "Porgy and Bess," featuring an all-black cast, opened on
In 1938, Nazi Germany completed its annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland.
In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologized to the finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli
Gbdemah, after the official was refused seating in a Howard Johnson’s restaurant near Dover, Delaware.
In 1967, the Outer Space Treaty, prohibiting the placing of weapons of mass destruction on the moon or
elsewhere in space, entered into force.
In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, accused of accepting bribes, pleaded no contest to one count of
federal income tax evasion and resigned his office.
In 1985, U.S. fighter jets forced an Egyptian plane carrying the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship
Achille Lauro to land in Italy, where the gunmen were taken into custody.
One year ago: Kwame Kilpatrick, a former Democratic mayor of Detroit, was sent to federal prison to serve
a 28-year sentence for corruption.