This day in history

Tuesday, Oct. 8, is the 281st day of 2013. There are 84 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Entertainment reporter Rona Barrett is 77. Actor Paul Hogan is 74. Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson is 72. Comedian Chevy Chase is 70. Author R.L. Stine is 70. Actress Sigourney Weaver is 64. R&B singer Robert ‘‘Kool’’ Bell is 63. Filmmaker Edward Zwick is 61. Comedian Darrell Hammond is 58. Actor Matt Damon is 43. Actor Nick Cannon is 33. Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars is 28.

In 1869, the 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, died in Concord, N.H.


In 1918, US Army Corporal Alvin York led an attack that killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 others in France’s Argonne Forest.

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In 1934, Bruno Hauptmann was indicted by a grand jury in New Jersey for murder in the death of the son of Charles Lindbergh.

In 1945, President Truman announced that the secret of the atomic bomb would be shared only with Britain and Canada.

In 1956, Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series to date as the Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5, 2-0.

In 1957, the Brooklyn Baseball Club announced it was accepting an offer to move the Dodgers from New York to Los Angeles.