TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

Sunday Star - - OPINION - By THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

To­day is Sun­day, Oct. 7, the 280th day of 2018. There are 85 days left in the year.

To­day’s 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 1777, the sec­ond Bat­tle of Saratoga be­gan dur­ing the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion. (Bri­tish forces un­der Gen­eral John Bur­goyne sur­ren­dered ten days later.)

In 1858, the fifth de­bate be­tween Illi­nois se­na­to­rial can­di­dates Abra­ham Lin­coln and Stephen Dou­glas took place in Gales­burg.

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 1960, Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date John F. Kennedy and Repub­li­can op­po­nent Richard Nixon held their sec­ond tele­vised de­bate, this one in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

In 1979, Pope John Paul II con­cluded his week-long tour of the United States with a Mass on the Wash­ing­ton Mall.

In 1982, the An­drew Lloyd Web­ber-Tim Rice mu­si­cal “Cats” opened on Broad­way. (The show ended its orig­i­nal run on Sept. 10, 2000, af­ter a then-record 7,485 per­for­mances.)

In 1985, Pales­tinian gun­men hi­jacked the Ital­ian cruise ship Achille Lauro in the Mediter­ranean. (The hi­jack­ers killed Leon Klinghof­fer, a Jewish-Amer­i­can tourist, be­fore sur­ren­der­ing on Oct. 9.)

In 1989, Hun­gary’s Com­mu­nist Party re­nounced Marx­ism in fa­vor of demo­cratic so­cial­ism dur­ing a party congress in Bu­dapest.

In 1992, trade rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the United States, Canada and Mex­ico ini­tialed the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment dur­ing a cer­e­mony in San An­to­nio, Texas, in the pres­ence of Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Brian Mul­roney and Mex­i­can Pres­i­dent Car­los Sali­nas de Gor­tari.

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