1845 U.S. Naval School Opens
U.S. Naval School, later known as the United States Naval Academy, opened in Annapolis, Maryland. 50 students attended in its inaugural year. Only one U.S. president has attended the Naval Academy — President Jimmy Carter, class of 1947.
1967 Outer Space Treaty
International space laws went into effect on Oct. 10, 1967. The treaty had been signed on Jan. 27, 1967 by the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union. The treaty lays out basic tenets of space law, establishing that outer space is free for exploration by all nations and that each nation is responsible for objects they send into space. 98 countries have ratified the treaty, as of 2008.
1973 Vice President Spiro Agnew Resigns
Spiro Agnew resigned from position, pleading no contest to tax evasion.
1973 Yom Kippur War
Mideast war escalates when Egyptian and Syrian forces attack Israeli forces.
1983 James Watt Resigns
Secretary of the Interior James Watt resigned after remarks about liberals and environmentalists.
2004 Christopher Reeve Dies
Christopher Reeve died at the age of 52. Reeve became famous for his starring role in the 1978 “Superman” film. In 1995, Christopher Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down after falling from a horse in Virginia. His injury increased public awareness to spinal cord injuries, and he helped raise money for research toward a cure.
1924 Ed Wood
1950 Nora Roberts
1969 Brett Favre
1973 Mario Lopez
1976 Bob Burnquist
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