Today is Saturday, Oct. 7, the 280th day of 2017. There are 85 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Retired South African Archbishop and Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu is 86. Author Thomas Keneally is 82. Comedian Joy Behar is 75. Former National Security Council aide Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North (ret.) is 74. Actress Jill Larson is 70. Country singer Kieran Kane is 68. Singer John Mellencamp is 66. Rock musician Ricky Phillips is 66. Russian President Vladimir Putin is 65. Actress Mary Badham (Film: ‘‘To Kill a Mockingbird”) is 65. Actress Christopher Norris is 62. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is 62. Gospel singer Michael W. Smith is 60. Olympic gold medal ice dancer Jayne Torvill is 60. Recording executive and TV personality Simon Cowell is 58. Country singer Dale Watson is 55. Rhythm-and-blues singer Toni Braxton is 50. Rock singer-musician Thom Yorke (Radiohead) is 49. Actress Nicole Ari Parker is 47. Actress Allison Munn is 43. Singer Taylor Hicks is 41. Actor Omar Benson Miller is 39. Actor Shawn Ashmore is 38. Actor Jake McLaughlin is 35. Electronic musician Flying Lotus (AKA Stephen Ellison) is 34. MLB player Evan Longoria is 32. Actress Amber Stevens is 31. Actress Lulu Wilson is 12.
In 1765, the Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England.
In 1849, author Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore at age 40.
In 1949, the Republic of East Germany was formed.
In 1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and Republican opponent Richard Nixon held their second televised debate, this one in Washington, D.C.
In 1991, University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of making sexually inappropriate comments when she worked for him; Thomas denied Hill’s allegations.
In 1992, trade representatives of the United States, Canada and Mexico initialed the North American Free Trade Agreement during a ceremony in San Antonio.
Last year, the United States accused Russia of hacking American political sites and e-mail accounts in an effort to interfere with the upcoming presidential election and also directly accused Russia of war crimes in Syria; Moscow dismissed the allegations.