TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT Oct. 5, 1986

In an in­ci­dent that helped ex­pose the Iran-Con­tra af­fair, a plane se­cretly fer­ry­ing sup­plies to Nicaraguan Con­tra rebels was shot down over south­ern Nicaragua by San­din­ista forces. One of the plane’s oc­cu­pants, Eu­gene Hasen­fus, parachuted to safety while three other men were killed. Hasen­fus was cap­tured, tried and con­victed in Nicaragua, but then was par­doned and al­lowed to re­turn to the United States.

ALSO ON THIS DATE 1947

Pres­i­dent Harry S. Tru­man de­liv­ered the first tele­vised White House ad­dress as he spoke on the world food cri­sis.

1969

The Bri­tish TV com­edy pro­gram “Monty Python’s Fly­ing Cir­cus” made its de­but on BBC 1.

1990

A jury in Cincinnati ac­quit­ted an art gallery and its di­rec­tor of ob­scen­ity charges stem­ming from an ex­hibit of sex­u­ally graphic pho­to­graphs by the late Robert Map­plethorpe.

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