This day in history

Monday, Oct. 29, is the 303d day of 2012. There are 63 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Rock musician Denny Laine is 68. Singer Melba Moore is 67. Musician Peter Green is 66. Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 65. Actress Kate Jackson is 64. Actress Winona Ryder is 41. Actress Gabrielle Union is 39.

In 1901, President McKinley’s assassin, Leon Czolgosz, was electrocuted.


In 1923, the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed.

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In 1929, Wall Street crashed on ‘‘Black Tuesday,’’ beginning America’s Great Depression.

In 1940, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson drew the first number — 158 — in America’s first peacetime military draft.

In 1956, during the Suez Canal crisis, Israel invaded Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. ‘‘The Huntley-Brinkley Report’’ premiered as NBC’s nightly television newscast.

In 1960, a chartered plane carrying the California Polytechnic State University football team crashed on takeoff from Toledo, Ohio, killing 22 of the 48 people on board.


In 1966, the National Organization for Women was formally organized.

In 1998, Senator John Glenn, at age 77, roared back into space aboard the shuttle Discovery, retracing the trail he’d blazed for America’s astronauts 36 years earlier.

In 2011, a ‘‘white Halloween’’ storm with record-setting snowfalls hit the northeastern United States, knocking out power to millions; 39 deaths were blamed on the weather.