This Day in History - October 9


Saturday, October 09, 2010

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Today is the 282nd day of 2010. There are 83 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight

1991: The US Food and Drug Administration conditionally approves the sale of DDI, the second drug used for routine AIDS treatment. It was approved for use by patients who failed to respond to AZT, the only other drug currently approved.

Other Events

1963: Mutesa II, ruler of Buganda becomes the first president of Uganda.

1967: Latin American guerrilla leader Che Guevara is executed in Bolivia while attempting to incite a revolution.

1970: Work begins on the Trans-Amazon highway.

1981: Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin arrives in Cairo for funeral of Egypt's President Anwar Sadat.

1989: Newly created Hungarian Socialist Party adopts a manifesto vowing commitment to democracy.

1993: Somali warlord General Mohammed Farah Aidid offers a ceasefire with US and UN forces in Somalia.

1998: After 15 years of disgrace, Ariel Sharon returns to the centre of power as foreign minister of Israel in charge of peace talks with the Palestinians.

2000: A Slovenian ski instructor becomes the first person ever to ski non-stop down the slopes of Mount Everest in Kathmandu.

2001: Americans Eric A Cornell, Carl E Wieman Wolfgang Ketterle win the Nobel Prize in physics for creating a new state of matter: an ultra-cold gas that could aid in developing smaller and faster electronics.

2002: Sniper attacks kill three people in northern Virginia, bringing to 11 the total number of victims killed or wounded in a string of related shootings in the Washington, DC area.

2006: The UN Security Council formally nominates South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon to succeed Kofi Annan as UN secretary general.

2007: The impoverished Nama tribe wins back diamond-rich land confiscated by a government mining company more than 80 years ago, ending South Africa's longest running court case.

2009: A beaming President Barack Obama says he was both honoured and humbled to win the Nobel Peace Prize and would accept it as a "call to action" to work with other nations to solve the world's most pressing problems.

Today's Birthdays

Camille Saint-Saens, French composer (1835-1921); Tawfiq Hakim, Egyptian writer (1898-1987); Jacques Tati, French film director and actor (1908-1982); John Lennon, British pop singer (1940-1980), Sharon Osbourne, actress (1952-), Sean Lennon, British singer (1975-).

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