TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1941, Adolf Hitler declared in a speech in Berlin that Russia had been “broken” and would “never rise again.”
In 1944, during World War II, U.S. Army troops cracked the Siegfried Line north of Aachen, Germany.
In 1951, the New York Giants captured the National League pennant by a score of 5-4 as Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer off Ralph Branca of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the “shot heard ‘round the world.”
In 1961, “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” also starring Mary Tyler Moore, made its debut on CBS.
In 1970, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was established under the Department of Commerce.
In 1974, Frank Robinson was named major league baseball’s first Black manager as he was hired by the Cleveland Indians.
In 1981, Irish nationalists at the Maze Prison near Belfast, Northern Ireland, ended seven months of hunger strikes that had claimed 10 lives.
In 1990, West Germany and East Germany ended 45 years of postwar division, declaring the creation of a reunified country.
In 1995, the jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles found the former football star not guilty of the 1994 slayings of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman.
In 2001, the Senate approved an agreement normalizing trade between the United States and Vietnam.
In 2003, a tiger attacked magician Roy Horn of duo “Siegfried & Roy” during a performance in Las Vegas, leaving the superstar illusionist in critical condition on his 59th birthday.
In 2008, O.J. Simpson was found guilty of robbing two sports-memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room. (Simpson was later sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison; he was granted parole in July 2017 and released from prison in October of that year.)
In 2011, an Italian appeals court freed Amanda Knox of Seattle after four years in prison, tossing murder convictions against Knox and an ex-boyfriend in the stabbing of their British roommate, Meredith Kercher.
In 2012, Mitt Romney sparred with President Barack Obama on the economy and domestic issues in their first campaign debate.
In 2013, a smugglers’ ship packed with African migrants sank off the coast of a southern Italian island, killing more than 365 people.
In 2017, Yahoo announced that the largest data breach in history had affected all 3 billion accounts on its service, not the 1 billion it had revealed earlier.
Composer Steve Reich is 87.
Rock and roll star Chubby Checker is 82.
Actor Alan Rachins is 81.
Former Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., is 80.
Singer Lindsey Buckingham is 74.
Jazz musician Ronnie Laws is 73.
Blues singer Keb’ Mo’ is 72.
Former astronaut Kathryn Sullivan is 72.
Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield is 72.
Baseball Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley is 69.
Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton is 69.
Actor Hart Bochner is 67.
Actor Peter Frechette is 67.
World Golf Hall of Famer Fred Couples is 64.
Actor-comedian Greg Proops is 64.
Actor Jack Wagner is 64.
Actor/musician Marcus Giamatti is 62.
Rock musician Tommy Lee is 61.
Actor Clive Owen is 59.
Actor Janel Moloney is 54.
Singer Gwen Stefani (No Doubt) is 54.
Pop singer Kevin Richardson (Backstreet Boys) is 52.
Rock singer G. Love is 51.
Actor Keiko Agena is 50.
Actor Neve Campbell is 50.
Actor Lena Headey is 50.
Singer India.Arie Simpson is 48.
Rapper Talib Kweli is 48.
Actor Alanna Ubach is 48.
Actor Seann William Scott is 47.
Actor Shannyn Sossamon is 45.
Rock musician Josh Klinghoffer is 44.
Actor Seth Gabel is 42.
Actor Erik Von Detten is 41.
Actor Tessa Thompson is 40.
Country singer Drake White is 40.
Actor Meagan Holder is 39.
Actor Christopher Marquette is 39.
Actor-singer Ashlee Simpson is 39.
Rapper A$AP Rocky is 35.
Actor Alicia Vikander is 35.
Actor Noah Schnapp (TV: “Stranger Things”) is 19.