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Today in History
Today in History: Monday, October  20, 2014
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On Oct. 20, 2011, Moammar Gadhafi, Libya's dictator for 42 years, was killed as revolutionary fighters overwhelmed his hometown of Sirte and captured the last major bastion of resistance two months after his regime fell. Gadhafi was 69.
 
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1803The U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.
1931Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle was born in Spavinaw, Okla.
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1944Gen. Douglas MacArthur stepped ashore at Leyte in the Philippines, 2 1/2 years after he'd said, "I shall return."
1947The House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into alleged Communist influence in the motion picture industry.
1964Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, died at age 90 in New York City.
1968Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.
1973Special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox and Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus were fired and Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson resigned in the so-called Saturday Night Massacre.
1977Three members of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed in the crash of a chartered plane near McComb, Miss.
1992The host Toronto Blue Jays beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 in the first World Series game played outside the United States.
2000Egyptian-born Ali Mohamed, a U.S. citizen who'd served in the Army, pleaded guilty in New York to helping plan the U.S. embassy bombings in Africa in 1998 that killed 224 people.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Rapper Snoop Dogg turns 43 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
William ChristopherActor ("M.A.S.H.")82
Juan MarichalBaseball Hall of Famer77
Tom PettyRock singer, musician64
Sheldon WhitehouseU.S. senator, D-R.I.59
Danny BoyleDirector ("Slumdog Millionaire")58
Hilda SolisFormer secretary of labor57
Viggo MortensenActor56
Actor John Krasinski ("The Office") turns 35 years old today.
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