Oct. 15: Global Handwashing Day; Clarence Thomas Confirmed; China’s First Manned Space Flight

Oct 15, 2011 6:17pm

Oct. 15 is Global Handwashing Day, a movement to promote washing hands with soap and water to prevent the spread of disease.  Millions of children in developing countries die each year of diarrhea and respiratory infections — conditions that could be  lessened by washing hands before eating and after using the toilet.

 

1968 First Live Video From Space

Apollo 7 sends first live network transmission of video images from space.

 

 

1990: Gorbachev Wins Peace Prize

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev receives the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in slowing the arms race.

 

 

1991: Clarence Thomas Confirmed

By a narrow margin, the Senate votes Clarence Thomas onto the Supreme Court.

 

 

2001: Anthrax Scare at ABC, Senate

ABC employee’s child has anthrax while Sen. Tom Daschle finds substance in his mail.

 

2003 China Launches First Manned Space Mission

Space shuttle Shenzhou 5 marks China’s first manned space flight.  Yang Liwei was the sole crew member aboard the 21-hour space flight.

 

 

 

Famous Birthdays

1920 Mario Puzo

1923 Italo Calvino

1926 Michel Foucault

1959 Sarah Ferguson

1959 Emeril Lagasse

1959 Todd Solondz

 

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