The Progress-Index Weekend - - OPINION -

To­day is Satur­day, Oct. 7, the 280th day of 2017. There are 85 days left in the year.

To­day's High­light in His­tory:

On Oct. 7, 1977, the Queen dou­ble-A sin­gle "We Are the Cham­pi­ons" (by lead singer Fred­die Mer­cury) and "We Will Rock You" (by lead gui­tarist Brian May) was re­leased in the United King­dom by EMI Records.

On this date:

In 1765, the Stamp Act Congress con­vened in New York to draw up colo­nial griev­ances against Eng­land.

In 1849, au­thor Edgar Al­lan Poe died in Bal­ti­more at age 40.

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, Texas, in the pres­ence of Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush, Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Brian Mul­roney (muhl-ROO'-nee) and Mex­i­can Pres­i­dent Car­los Salinas de Gor­tari.

To­day's Birth­days:

Re­tired South African Arch­bishop and No­bel Peace lau­re­ate Des­mond Tutu is 86. Co­me­dian Joy Be­har is 75. For­mer Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil aide Lt. Col. Oliver North (ret.) is 74. Rock mu­si­cian Kevin God­ley (10cc) is 72. Ac­tress Jill Lar­son is 70. Singer John Mel­len­camp is 66. Rock mu­si­cian Ricky Phillips is 66. Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin is 65. Ac­tress Mary Bad­ham (Film: "To Kill a Mock­ing­bird") is 65. Rock mu­si­cian Tico Tor­res (Bon Jovi) is 64. Ac­tress Christo­pher Nor­ris is 62. Gospel singer Michael W. Smith is 60. Ac­tor Dy­lan Baker is 59. Record­ing ex­ec­u­tive and TV per­son­al­ity Si­mon Cow­ell is 58. Rock mu­si­cian Char­lie Marinkovich (Iron But­ter­fly) is 58. Pop singer Ann Cur­less (Ex­pose) is 54. Rhythm-and-blues singer Toni Brax­ton is 50. Rock singer-mu­si­cian Thom Yorke (Ra­dio­head) is 49. Rock mu­si­cian­dancer Leeroy Thorn­hill is 48. Ac­tress Ni­cole Ari Parker is 47. Ac­tress Al­li­son Munn is 43. Rock singer-mu­si­cian Damian Ku­lash (KOO'-lahsh) is 42. Singer Tay­lor Hicks is 41. Ac­tor Omar Ben­son Miller is 39. Neo-soul singer Nathaniel Rateliff (Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats) is 39. Ac­tor Shawn Ash­more is 38. Ac­tor Jake McLaughlin is 35. Elec­tronic mu­si­cian Fly­ing Lo­tus (AKA Stephen El­li­son) is 34. Ac­tress Hol­land Ro­den is 31. Ac­tress Am­ber Stevens is 31.

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