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Today in history: October 6

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Thursday, Oct. 6, the 279th day of 2005. There are 86 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 6, 1927, the era of talking pictures arrived with the opening of “The Jazz Singer,” a movie starring Al Jolson which featured both silent and sound-synchronized scenes.

On this date:
In 1884, the Naval War College was established in Newport, R.I.

In 1889, the Moulin Rouge in Paris first opened its doors to the public.

In 1905, 100 years ago, tennis great Helen Wills Moody was born in Berkeley, Calif.

In 1949, President Truman signed the Mutual Defense Assistance Act, totaling $1.3 billion in military aid to NATO countries.

In 1949, American-born Iva Toguri D’Aquino, convicted of treason for being Japanese wartime broadcaster “Tokyo Rose,” was sentenced in San Francisco to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000. (She ended up serving more than six years.)

In 1973, war erupted in the Middle East as Egypt and Syria attacked Israel during the Yom Kippur holiday.

In 1976, in his second debate with Jimmy Carter, President Ford asserted there was “no Soviet domination of eastern Europe.” (Ford later conceded he’d misspoken.)

In 1981, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was shot to death by extremists while reviewing a military parade.

In 1983, Cardinal Terence Cooke, the spiritual head of the Archdiocese of New York, died at age 62.

In 1989, actress Bette Davis died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, at age 81.

Ten years ago: Boeing Co.’s largest group of union workers went on a 69-day strike after voting down a new three-year contract offer. President Clinton delivered an address in which he defended his stewardship of U.S. foreign policy and spoke out against what he said was a spreading mood of isolationism.

Five years ago: Slobodan Milosevic finally conceded defeat to Vojislav Kostunica in Yugoslavia’s presidential elections, a day after protesters angry at Milosevic for clinging to power stormed parliament and ended his 13-year autocratic regime. Stuntman-turned-actor Richard Farnsworth died at his New Mexico ranch at age 80.

One year ago: The top U.S. arms inspector in Iraq, Charles Duelfer, reported finding no evidence Saddam Hussein’s regime had produced weapons of mass destruction after 1991. The Senate approved an intelligence reorganization bill endorsed by the Sept. 11 commission. Israelis Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko, and American Irwin Rose won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Britt Ekland is 63. Impressionist Fred Travalena is 63. Singer Millie Small is 59. Singer-musician Thomas McClary is 55. Rock singer Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) is 54. Rock singer-musician David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) is 51. Actress Elisabeth Shue is 42. Singer Matthew Sweet is 41. Actress Jacqueline Obradors is 39. Country singer Tim Rushlow is 39. Rock musician Tommy Stinson is 39. Actor Ioan Gruffudd is 32.

Thought for Today: “There are plenty of fools in the world; but if they had not been sent for some wise purpose, they wouldn’t have been here; and since they are here they have as good a right to have elbow-room in the world as the wisest.” — Susan Edmonstone Ferrier, Scottish novelist (1782-1854).