October 20, the “Saturday Night Massacre”


Today is Thursday, October 20, the 293rd day of 2022. There are 72 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On October 20, 2011, Muammar Gaddafi, 69, Libyan dictator for 42 years, was killed as revolutionary fighters overwhelmed his hometown of Sirte (SURT) and captured the last major stronghold of the resistance two months after the fall of his regime.

To this date :

In 1803, the United States Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.

In 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged communist influence and infiltration in the American motion picture industry.

In 1967, a jury in Meridian, Mississippi convicted seven men of violating the civil rights of slain civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner; all seven were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 3 to 10 years.

In 1973, during the so-called “Saturday Night Massacre”, Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox was removed from office and Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus resigned.

In 1976, 78 people were killed when the Norwegian tanker Frosta rammed the George Prince commuter ferry on the Mississippi River near New Orleans.

In 1977, three members of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, were killed along with three others in a charter plane crash near McComb, Mississippi.

In 1979, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum opened in Boston.

In 1990, three members of the rap group 2 Live Crew were acquitted by a jury in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for violating obscenity laws at an adults-only concert in Hollywood last June.

In 2001, officials announced that anthrax had been discovered at a House postal facility on Capitol Hill.

In 2004, a US Army Staff Sergeant, Ivan “Chip” Frederick, pleaded guilty to abusing Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison. (Frederick was sentenced to eight years in prison; he was paroled in 2007.)

In 2018, Saudi Arabia announced that American journalist Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL’ khahr-SHOHK’-jee) had been killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul; there was immediate international skepticism over the Saudi account that Khashoggi had died during a “fight”. (A US intelligence report later concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman likely approved the killing of Khashoggi by a team of Saudi security and intelligence officials.)

In 2020, two weeks before Election Day, President Donald Trump called on Attorney General William Barr to immediately launch an investigation into unverified allegations about Democrat Joe Biden and his son Hunter, effectively demanding that the Department of Justice Justice abandons its historic resistance to getting involved in elections. .

A decade ago: Ahead of the final weeks of the campaign, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stepped up his criticism of President Barack Obama’s plans for a second term, accusing the Democrat of failing to tell Americans what what he would do with four more years; the Obama campaign aggressively disputed the notion, saying it was Romney who failed to provide specific details to voters.

Five years ago: The US government says 24 of its workers have been confirmed victims of unseen attacks in Cuba. Suicide bombers hit two mosques in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, killing more than 60 people.

A year ago: Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty to murdering 17 people during a February 2018 rampage at his former high school in Parkland, Florida. (A jury would spare Cruz the death penalty, instead sending him to life in prison.) Nine months after he was kicked off social media for his role in inciting the Capitol insurgency on Jan. 6, the former President Donald Trump said he was launching a new media company with his own social media platform. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city will require all of its city staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or placed on unpaid leave. Netflix employees staged a strike at the company’s office and studio complex in Los Angeles to protest a Netflix special in which comedian Dave Chappelle made anti-transgender comments. A federal court filing has revealed that the NFL and attorneys for thousands of retired players reached an agreement to end race-based adjustments in dementia testing as part of a $1 billion settlement dollars in concussion claims.

Today’s birthdays: Empress Michiko of Japan turns 88. Rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson is 85. The former actor, Reverend Mother Dolores Hart, is 84. Actor William “Rusty” Russ is 72 years old. Actor Melanie Mayron is 70 years old. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, DR.I., is 67 years old. Director Danny Boyle is 66 years old. Former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis is 65. Actor Viggo Mortensen is 64 years old. Vice President Kamala Harris is 58. Rock musician Jim Sonefeld (Hootie & The Blowfish) is 58. Rock musician Doug Eldridge (Oleander) is 55. Journalist Sunny Hostin (TV: “The View”) is 54 years old. Political commentator and blogger Michelle Malkin is 52. Actor Kenneth Choi is 51 years old. Rapper Snoop Dogg is 51 years old. Singer Dannii Minogue is 51 years old. Singer Jimi Westbrook (country band Little Big Town) is 51 years old. Actor/comedian Dan Fogler is 46 years old. Rock musician Jon Natchez (The War on Drugs) is 46. Actor Sam Witwer is 45 years old. Actor John Krasinski is 43. Rock musician Daniel Tichenor (Cage the Elephant) is 43. Actor Katie Featherston is 40 years old. Actor Jennifer Nicole Freeman is 37 years old.


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