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Today in history: October 27

/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Friday, Oct. 27, the 300th day of 2006. There are 65 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 27, 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers, a series of essays calling for ratification of the United States Constitution, was published in a New York newspaper.

On this date:
In 1795, the United States and Spain signed the Treaty of San Lorenzo (also known as “Pinckney’s Treaty”), which provided for free navigation of the Mississippi River.

In 1858, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, was born in New York City.

In 1880, Theodore Roosevelt married Alice Lee.

In 1904, the first rapid transit subway, the IRT, was inaugurated in New York City.

In 1922, the first annual celebration of Navy Day took place.

In 1938, Du Pont announced a name for its new synthetic yarn: “nylon.”

In 1947, “You Bet Your Life,” starring Groucho Marx, premiered on ABC Radio. (It later became a television show on NBC.)

In 1967, Expo ’67 closed in Montreal.

In 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their progress toward achieving a Middle East accord.

In 1986, the New York Mets won the World Series, coming from behind to defeat the Boston Red Sox 8-5 in Game 7 played at Shea Stadium.

Ten years ago: U.S. envoy Dennis Ross shuttled between Jerusalem and the Palestinians’ Gaza Strip headquarters, trying to finesse a deal to start an overdue Israeli withdrawal from Hebron.

Five years ago: In Washington, the search for deadly anthrax widened to thousands of businesses and 30 mail distribution centers. The Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the World Series 9-1.

One year ago: White House counsel Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to the Supreme Court after three weeks of brutal criticism from fellow conservatives. As many Floridians continued to struggle to find food, water and fuel in the wake of Hurricane Wilma, President Bush visited the state to inspect the damage. Tropical Storm Beta formed in the Caribbean Sea.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Nanette Fabray is 86. Baseball Hall-of-Famer and sportscaster Ralph Kiner is 84. Actress Ruby Dee is 82. Former Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher is 81. Actor-comedian John Cleese is 67. Country singer Lee Greenwood is 64. Producer-director Ivan Reitman is 60. Country singer-musician Jack Daniels is 57. Rock musician Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) is 57. Author Fran Lebowitz is 56. Rock musician K.K. Downing (Judas Priest) is 55. Actor-director Roberto Benigni is 54. Actor Peter Firth is 53. Actor Robert Picardo is 53. Singer Simon Le Bon is 48. Musician J.D. McFadden is 42. Rock musician Jason Finn (Presidents of the United States of America) is 39. Rock singer Scott Weiland is 39. Actor Sean Holland is 38. Actress Sheeri Rappaport is 29. Actress-singer Kelly Osbourne is 22.

Thought for Today: “The man who does not learn is dark, like one walking in the night.” — Chinese proverb.