Today is Sunday, Oct. 7, the 280th day of 2018. There are 85 days left in the year.
Highlight in history
On Oct. 7, 1991,
University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of making sexually inappropriate comments when she worked for him; Thomas denied Hill’s allegations.
On this date
In 1916, in the most lopsided victory in college football history, Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland University 222-0 in Atlanta.
In 1949, the Republic of East Germany was formed.
In 1954, Marian Anderson became the first black singer hired by the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York.
In 1992, trade representatives of the United States, Canada and Mexico initialed the North American Free Trade Agreement during a ceremony in San Antonio.
In 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was beaten and left tied to a wooden fence post outside of Laramie, Wyoming; he died five days later. (Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney are serving life sentences for Shepard’s murder.)
Retired South African Archbishop and Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu is 87. Former National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Oliver North (ret.) is 75. Singer John Mellencamp is
67. Russian President Vladimir Putin is 66. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is 63. Gospel singer Michael W. Smith is 61. Recording executive and TV personality Simon Cowell is 59. Rhythm-and-blues singer Toni Braxton is
51. Rock singer-musician Thom Yorke (Radiohead) is 50. MLB player Evan Longoria is 33.