This day in history

Today is Thursday, Oct. 5, the 278th day of 2017. There are 87 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Actress Glynis Johns is 94. College Football Hall of Fame coach Barry Switzer is 80. Singer-musician Steve Miller is 74. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Democrat of Maryland, is 74. Actress Karen Allen is 66. Writer Clive Barker is 65. Boomtown Rats singer and famine-relief organizer Bob Geldof is 63. Astrophysicist-author Neil deGrasse Tyson is 59. Vietnam Memorial designer Maya Lin is 58. Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux is 52. Singer-actress Heather Headley is 43. The Decemberists singer Colin Meloy is 43. Actress Parminder Nagra is 42. Actress Kate Winslet is 42. Actor Jesse Eisenberg is 34.

In 1931, Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon completed the first nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean, arriving in Washington state some 41 hours after leaving Japan.


In 1941, former Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, the first Jewish member of the nation’s highest court, died in Washington at age 84.

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In 1947, President Truman delivered the first televised White House address as he spoke on the world food crisis.

In 1953, Earl Warren was sworn in as the 14th chief justice of the United States, succeeding Fred M. Vinson.

In 1969, the British TV comedy program ‘‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’’ made its debut on BBC 1.

In 1974, the Irish Republican Army bombed two pubs in Guildford, England, killing five and injuring dozens. (Four men who became known as the Guildford Four were convicted of the bombings but were ultimately vindicated.)


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

In 1990, a jury in Cincinnati acquitted an art gallery and its director of obscenity charges stemming from an exhibit of sexually graphic photographs by the late Robert Mapplethorpe.

In 2011, Apple founder Steve Jobs, 56, died in Palo Alto, Calif.

Last year, Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres won the Security Council’s unanimous backing to become the next UN secretary general, succeeding Ban Ki-moon.