In 1853, Antioch College opened in Yellow Springs, Ohio, as the first non-sectarian school to offer equal opportunity for both men and women.
In 1921, sports writer Grantland Rice was at the microphone as baseball's World Series was broadcast on radio for the first time.
In 1927, The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson, Hollywood's legendary first talkie, premiered in New York, ushering in the era of sound and a subsequent end of the silents.
In 1981, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated as he reviewed a military parade in Cairo.
In 1985, England's worst post-war race rioting, which began almost a month earlier in Birmingham, spread to the Tottenham section of London.
In 1989, Oscar-winning Hollywood legend Bette Davis died of cancer in a suburb of Paris. She was 81.
In 1991, Anita Hill, a former personal assistant to U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas, accused Thomas of sexual harassment.
In 1997, U.S. President Bill Clinton used his new line-item veto power to eliminate 38 military spending projects.
In 2001, Cal Ripkin Jr. retired after a spectacular baseball career with the Baltimore Orioles that included playing in a record 2,632 consecutive games.
In 2004, a U.S. weapons inspector said that Iraq began destroying its illicit weapons in 1991 and had none by 1996, seven years before the United States invaded.
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