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.
1920 Mario Puzo
1923 Italo Calvino
1926 Michel Foucault
1959 Sarah Ferguson
1959 Emeril Lagasse
1959 Todd Solondz
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