Today in History: Oct. 5

This is an undated portrait of Chester Alan Arthur, 21st president of the U.S., from 1881 to 1885. (AP Photo)
In 1829, the 21st president of the United States, Chester Alan Arthur, was born in North Fairfield, Vermont.

This is an undated portrait of Arthur. (AP Photo)

Pilots Hugh Herndon, left and Clyde Pangborn after arriving at Croydon Aerodrome in England on July 30, 1931. (AP Photo)
In 1931, Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon completed the first non-stop flight across the Pacific Ocean, arriving in Washington state some 41 hours after leaving Japan.

Herndon, left, and Pangborn, right, are seen here in England on July 30, 1931. (AP Photo)

President Harry Truman operates a movie camera during a picture-taking session on the south grounds of the White House, Oct. 5, 1947.  The subjects were members of the White House News Photographers' Association, who presented the movie camera and a still camera to the president in a brief ceremony.  Others are unidentified.  (AP Photo/Harvey Georges)
In 1947, President Harry S. Truman delivered the first televised White House address as he spoke on the world food crisis.

Here, on the same day, Truman operates a movie camera during a picture-taking session on the south grounds of the White House. The subjects were members of the White House News Photographers’ Association, who presented the movie camera and a still camera to the president in a brief ceremony. (AP Photo/Harvey Georges)

Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court Earl Warren poses for a formal portrait in December 1953.  (AP Photo)
In 1953, Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th chief justice of the United States, succeeding Fred M. Vinson.

Here, Warren poses for a formal portrait in December 1953. (AP Photo)

Members of the British humor group “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” pose outside City Center building in New York, Wednesday, April 14, 1976 where they are performing for a few weeks from left to right: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Graham, Chapman, Terry Jones. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
In 1969, the British TV comedy program “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” made its debut on BBC 1.

Here, members of “Monty Python’’s Flying Circus” pose outside City Center building in New York, Wednesday, April 14, 1976. From left to right: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Graham, Chapman, Terry Jones. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)

Shuttle Challenger mission specialist Kathryn Sullivan wears a white cooling garment, Oct. 11, 1984, prior to putting on her space suit.  Sullivan is the first woman in the U.S. Astronaut Corp that will space walk.  (AP Photo/NASA-TV)
In 1984, the space shuttle Challenger blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center on an 8-day mission; the crew included Kathryn D. Sullivan, who became the first American woman to walk in space, and Marc Garneau, the first Canadian astronaut.

In this image, Sullivan wears a white cooling garment, Oct. 11, 1984, prior to putting on her space suit. (AP Photo/NASA-TV)

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 1988, file photo, Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas, left, shakes hands with Sen. Dan Quayle, R-Ind., before the start of their vice presidential debate at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Neb. They spend hours mastering policy. Learning to lean on the podium just so. Perfecting the best way to label their opponents as liars without whining. But presidential candidates and their running mates often find that campaign debates turn on unplanned zingers, gaffes or gestures that speak volumes. Debate wins and losses often are scored based on the overall impressions that candidates leave with voters. In the history books, though, small debate moments often end up telling the broader story. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
In 1988, Democrat Lloyd Bentsen lambasted Republican Dan Quayle during their vice-presidential debate, telling Quayle, “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”

FILE – In this Oct. 5, 1988, file photo, Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas, left, shakes hands with Sen. Dan Quayle, R-Ind., before the start of their vice presidential debate at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Neb. They spend hours mastering policy. Learning to lean on the podium just so. Perfecting the best way to label their opponents as liars without whining. But presidential candidates and their running mates often find that campaign debates turn on unplanned zingers, gaffes or gestures that speak volumes. Debate wins and losses often are scored based on the overall impressions that candidates leave with voters. In the history books, though, small debate moments often end up telling the broader story. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Tim Cook, Steve Jobs
In 2011, Apple founder Steve Jobs, 56, died in Palo Alto, California.

With a photo of former Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs projected in the background, Apple CEO Tim Cook kicks off the event for a new product announcement at the Steve Jobs Theater on the new Apple campus, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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This is an undated portrait of Chester Alan Arthur, 21st president of the U.S., from 1881 to 1885. (AP Photo)
Pilots Hugh Herndon, left and Clyde Pangborn after arriving at Croydon Aerodrome in England on July 30, 1931. (AP Photo)
President Harry Truman operates a movie camera during a picture-taking session on the south grounds of the White House, Oct. 5, 1947.  The subjects were members of the White House News Photographers' Association, who presented the movie camera and a still camera to the president in a brief ceremony.  Others are unidentified.  (AP Photo/Harvey Georges)
Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court Earl Warren poses for a formal portrait in December 1953.  (AP Photo)
Members of the British humor group “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” pose outside City Center building in New York, Wednesday, April 14, 1976 where they are performing for a few weeks from left to right: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Graham, Chapman, Terry Jones. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
Shuttle Challenger mission specialist Kathryn Sullivan wears a white cooling garment, Oct. 11, 1984, prior to putting on her space suit.  Sullivan is the first woman in the U.S. Astronaut Corp that will space walk.  (AP Photo/NASA-TV)
FILE - In this Oct. 5, 1988, file photo, Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas, left, shakes hands with Sen. Dan Quayle, R-Ind., before the start of their vice presidential debate at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Neb. They spend hours mastering policy. Learning to lean on the podium just so. Perfecting the best way to label their opponents as liars without whining. But presidential candidates and their running mates often find that campaign debates turn on unplanned zingers, gaffes or gestures that speak volumes. Debate wins and losses often are scored based on the overall impressions that candidates leave with voters. In the history books, though, small debate moments often end up telling the broader story. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
Tim Cook, Steve Jobs

Today is Saturday, Oct. 5, the 278th day of 2019. There are 87 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Oct. 5, 1947, President Harry S. Truman delivered the first televised White House address as he spoke on the world food crisis.

On this date:

In 1829, the 21st president of the United States, Chester Alan Arthur, was born in North Fairfield, Vermont.

In 1921, the World Series was carried on radio for the first time as Newark, New Jersey station WJZ (later WABC) relayed a telephoned play-by-play account of the first game from the Polo Grounds. (Although the New York Yankees won the opener, 3-0, the New York Giants won the series, 5 games to 3.)

In 1953, Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th chief justice of the United States, succeeding Fred M. Vinson.

In 1958, racially-desegregated Clinton High School in Clinton, Tennessee, was mostly leveled by an early morning bombing.

In 1983, Solidarity founder Lech Walesa was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1984, the space shuttle Challenger blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center on an 8-day mission; the crew included Kathryn D. Sullivan, who became the first American woman to walk in space, and Marc Garneau, the first Canadian astronaut.

In 1989, a jury in Charlotte, North Carolina, convicted former P-T-L evangelist Jim Bakker of using his television show to defraud followers.

In 1999, two packed commuter trains collided near London’s Paddington Station, killing 31 people.

In 2001, tabloid photo editor Robert Stevens died from inhaled anthrax, the first of a series of anthrax cases in Florida, New York, New Jersey and Washington.

In 2005, defying the White House, senators voted 90-9 to approve an amendment sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that would prohibit the use of “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” against anyone in U.S. government custody. (A reluctant President George W. Bush later signed off on the amendment.)

In 2011, Apple founder Steve Jobs, 56, died in Palo Alto, California.

In 2017, Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein announced that he was taking a leave of absence from his company after a New York Times article detailed decades of alleged sexual harassment against women including actress Ashley Judd.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama filled the Rose Garden with doctors supportive of his health care overhaul, saying “nobody has more credibility with the American people on this issue than you do.” Americans Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak won the 2009 Nobel Prize in medicine. A suicide bomber blew himself up in the lobby of the U.N. food agency in Islamabad, killing five staffers.

Five years ago: A suicide bomber blew himself up in Grozny, killing five policemen and wounding 12 others as the Chechen capital celebrated the birthday of its pro-Russian leader, Ramzan Kadyrov. Geoffrey Holder, a Tony Award-winning director, actor, painter, dancer and choreographer, died in New York at age 84.

One year ago: Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced that they would vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, all but assuring that Kavanaugh would be confirmed. A jury in Chicago convicted white police officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. The government reported that the unemployment rate fell in September to 3.7 percent, the lowest since 1969, reflecting a healthy economy driven by strong consumer and business spending. In an elaborate prank orchestrated by the street artist Banksy, one of the artist’s paintings self-destructed in front of auction-goers in London, moments after it had been sold for $1.4 million.

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