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10-08-2008, 08:36 AM
1869 Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States, died in Concord, N.H., at age 64.

1871 The Great Chicago Fire erupted. The blaze destroyed four square miles of the city, killing about 250 people and leaving some 90,000 homeless.

1918 Sgt. Alvin C. York almost single-handedly killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 in the Argonne Forest in France.

1934 Bruno Hauptmann was indicted for murder in the death of the infant son of Charles A. Lindbergh.

1944 "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" made its debut on CBS Radio.

1945 President Harry S. Truman announced that the secret of the atomic bomb would be shared only with Britain and Canada.

1956 Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series as the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0 in Game 5.

1970 Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn was named winner of the Nobel Prize for literature.

1985 The hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro killed American passenger Leon Klinghoffer and dumped his body and wheelchair overboard.

2001 Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge was sworn in as director of the new Office of Homeland Security.

2004 Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reported to prison to begin serving a sentence for lying about a stock sale.

2005 A major earthquake flattened villages on the Pakistan-India border, killing an estimated 86,000 people.

Mr York was a Tennessee native. His homestead is an awesome place to visit.

10-08-2008, 02:46 PM
Yep, it is. He was a member of the 82nd Infantry Division,There is also a nice exhibit for him at the 82nd Airborne Div museum at Ft.ragg NC.

He used a British issued 303 enfield and the venerable Colt M1911 to take out the Germans.