This day in history

Saturday is Oct. 5, the 278th day of 2013. There are 87 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Musician Steve Miller is 70. Actress Karen Allen is 62. Rock singer and famine-relief organizer Bob Geldof is 59. Actress Kate Winslet is 38.

In 1892, the Dalton Gang, notorious for its train robberies, was practically wiped out while attempting to rob two banks in Coffeyville, Kan.


In 1931, Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon completed the first nonstop flight across the Pacific, arriving in Washington state from Japan.

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In 1947, President Truman delivered the first televised White House address.

In 1962, the Beatles’ first hit recording, ‘‘Love Me Do,’’ was released in the United Kingdom. The first James Bond movie, ‘‘Dr. No,’’ starring Sean Connery, premiered in London.

In 1969, the British comedy program ‘‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’’ made its BBC debut.

In 1981, President Reagan signed a resolution granting honorary American citizenship to Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg.


In 1988, Democrat Lloyd Bentsen lambasted Republican Dan Quayle during their vice-presidential debate, telling Quayle, ‘‘Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.’’