updated 10/10/2006 12:07:02 AM ET 2006-10-10T04:07:02

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 10, the 283rd day of 2006. There are 82 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 10, 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Md.

On this date:
In 1813, composer Giuseppe Verdi was born in Le Roncole, Italy.

In 1911, revolutionaries under Sun Yat-sen launched their overthrow of China’s Manchu dynasty.

In 1935, George Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess” opened on Broadway.

In 1938, Germany completed its annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland.

In 1943, Chiang Kai-shek took the oath of office as president of China.

In 1956, the New York Yankees won the World Series, defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers, 9-0, in Game 7 at Ebbets Field.

In 1964, the 18th Summer Olympic Games opened in Tokyo.

In 1970, Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte was kidnapped by the Quebec Liberation Front, a militant separatist group. (Laporte’s body was found a week later.)

In 1973, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, accused of accepting bribes, pleaded no contest to one count of federal income tax evasion, and resigned his office.

In 1981, funeral services were held in Cairo for Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat, who had been assassinated by Muslim extremists.

Ten years ago: President Clinton joined Vice President Gore in Knoxville, Tenn., where the president moved to broaden the sweep of the Internet at 100 universities, national labs and other federal institutions. Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole hosted a rally in Cincinnati that featured his running mate, Jack Kemp, and retired Gen. Colin Powell.

Five years ago: U.S. jets pounded the Afghan capital of Kabul. President Bush unveiled a list of 22 most-wanted terrorists, including Osama bin Laden and associates. U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California won the race for the No. 2 House Democratic leader. Americans George A. Akerlof, A. Michael Spence and Joseph E. Stiglitz won the Nobel Prize in economics; Americans William S. Knowles, K. Barry Sharpless and Japanese Ryoji Noyori won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

One year ago: Angela Merkel struck a power-sharing deal that made her the first woman and politician from the ex-communist east to serve as Germany’s chancellor. President Bush dined in the French Quarter and stayed in a luxury hotel to showcase progress in hurricane-battered New Orleans. Israeli-American Robert J. Aumann and Thomas C. Schelling of the U.S. won the Nobel Memorial Prize for economics. Milton Obote, Uganda’s first prime minister, died in Johannesburg, South Africa, at age 80.

Today’s Birthdays: Playwright Harold Pinter is 76. Former Illinois Sen. Adlai Stevenson III is 76. Actor Peter Coyote is 64. Entertainer Ben Vereen is 60. Singer John Prine is 60. Actor Charles Dance is 60. Rock singer-musician Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers) is 58. Actress Jessica Harper is 57. Singer-musician Midge Ure is 53. Country singer Tanya Tucker is 48. Actress Julia Sweeney is 47. Actor Bradley Whitford is 47. Musician Martin Kemp is 45. Rock musician Jim Glennie (James) is 43. Actress Rebecca Pidgeon is 41. Rock musician Mike Malinin (Goo Goo Dolls) is 39. Actor Mario Lopez is 33. Actress Jodi Lyn O’Keefe is 28. Singer Mya is 27. Singer Cherie is 22.

Thought for Today: “An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” — Niels Bohr, Danish physicist (1885-1962).

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