TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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To­day is Mon­day, Oct. 30, the 303rd day of 2017. There are 62 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory

On Oct. 30, 1944, the Martha Gra­ham bal­let “Appalachian Spring,” with mu­sic by Aaron Co­p­land, pre­miered at the Li­brary of Congress in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., with Gra­ham in a lead­ing role.

On this date

1735 — The sec­ond pres­i­dent of the United States, John Adams, was born in Brain­tree, Mas­sachusetts. 1864 — He­lena, Mon­tana, was founded. 1921 — The silent film clas­sic “The Sheik,” star­ring Ru­dolph Valentino, pre­miered in Los An­ge­les. 1938 — The ra­dio play “The War of the Worlds,” star­ring Or­son Welles, aired on CBS. 1945 — The U.S. gov­ern­ment an­nounced the end of shoe ra­tioning, ef­fec­tive at mid­night. 1961 — The So­viet Union tested a hy­dro­gen bomb, the “Tsar Bomba,” with a force es­ti­mated at about 50 mega­tons. 1974 — Muham­mad Ali knocked out Ge­orge Fore­man in the eighth round of a 15-round bout in Kin­shasa, Zaire, known as the “Rum­ble in the Jun­gle,” to re­gain his world heavy­weight ti­tle. 1975 — The New York Daily News ran the head­line “Ford to City: Drop Dead” a day af­ter Pres­i­dent Ger­ald R. Ford said he would veto any pro­posed fed­eral bailout of New York City. 1997 — A jury in Cam­bridge, Mas­sachusetts, con­victed Bri­tish au pair Louise Wood­ward of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the death of eight­month-old Matthew Eap­pen. (The judge, Hiller B. Zo­bel, later re­duced the ver­dict to man­slaugh­ter and set Wood­ward free.) 2002 — Jam Mas­ter Jay (Ja­son Mizell), a rap­per with the hip-hop group Run-DMC, was killed in a shoot­ing in New York; he was 37. 2012 — Lynn’s Store on Ga. 20 near the Alabama state line was re­duced to rub­ble af­ter a propane ex­plo­sion that in­jured one per­son.

Five years ago

A weak­en­ing Su­per­storm Sandy inched in­land across Penn­syl­va­nia, leav­ing be­hind it a dazed, in­un­dated New York City, a wa­ter­logged At­lantic Coast and a moon­scape of dis­ar­ray and de­bris; the New York Stock Ex­change was closed for a sec­ond day from weather, the first time that had hap­pened since the Great Bliz­zard of 1888.

The Walt Dis­ney Co. an­nounced that it would buy Lu­cas­film Ltd. for $4.05 bil­lion, paving the way for a new “Star Wars” tril­ogy.

To­day’s Birth­days

Movie di­rec­tor Claude Lelouch is 80. Rock singer Grace Slick is 78. Rhythm-and-blues singer Otis Williams (The Temp­ta­tions) is 76. Ac­tor Henry Win­kler is 72. Broad­cast jour­nal­ist An­drea Mitchell is 71. Rock mu­si­cian Chris Slade (Asia) is 71. Coun­try/rock mu­si­cian Ti­mothy B. Sch­mit (The Ea­gles) is 70. Ac­tor Leon Rippy is 68. Ac­tor Harry Ham­lin is 66. Coun­try singer T. Gra­ham Brown is 63. Ac­tor Kevin Pol­lak is 60. Rock singer-mu­si­cian Gavin Ross­dale (Bush) is 52. Ac­tress Nia Long is 47. Coun­try singer Kas­sidy Os­born (SHeDAISY) is 41. Ac­tor Gael Gar­cia Ber­nal is 39. Busi­ness ex­ec­u­tive and pres­i­den­tial ad­viser Ivanka Trump is 36. Ac­tress Fiona Dou­rif is 36. Ac­tor Shaun Si­pos is 36. Ac­tress Janel Par­rish is 29. Ac­tor Te­quan Rich­mond is 25.

Thought for to­day ‘We lie loud­est when we lie to our­selves.’ Eric Hof­fer Amer­i­can philoso­pher (1902-1983)

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