TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

Oct. 15, 1966

Pres­i­dent Lyn­don B. John­son signed a bill cre­at­ing the U.S. De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion. The rev­o­lu­tion­ary Black Pan­ther Party was founded by Huey New­ton and Bobby Seale in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia. ALSO ON THIS DATE

1940

Charles Chap­lin’s first all-talk­ing com­edy, “The Great Dic­ta­tor,” a lam­poon of Adolf Hitler, opened in New York.

1976

In the first de­bate of its kind be­tween vice-pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nees, Demo­crat Wal­ter F. Mon­dale and Repub­li­can Bob Dole faced off in Hous­ton.

1990

Soviet Pres­i­dent Mikhail S. Gor­bachev was named the re­cip­i­ent of the No­bel Peace Prize. South Africa’s Sep­a­rate Ameni­ties Act, which had barred blacks from pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties for decades, was for­mally scrapped.

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