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Friday, October 28, 2005

Today in History: October 28

1704: The father of the “Social Contract,” English political economist John Locke, dies at age 72.

1919: Over President Wilson’s veto, the U.S. Congress passes the Volstead Act, outlawing the sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States.

1927: Pan-American Airways makes the first commercial international flight, from Key West, Florida, to Havana, Cuba.

1943: The U.S. Navy turns the destroyer USS Eldridge invisible and accidentally teleports it from Philadelphia harbor to Newport News, Virginia, and back again, accompanied by blue flashes of light.  All records of the “Philadelphia Experiment” are destroyed in a massive cover-up.

1948: Paul Hermann Müller of Swiss chemical firm J. R. Geigy wins the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his development of DDT as an insecticide.

1950: Lucky Strike Cigarettes presents the first episode of television's The Jack Benny Show, which will run for 15 years.

1955: William Henry Gates III is born at Seattle, Washington.

1986: The Neiman-Marcus catalogue offers a 100-year subscription to the Wall Street Journal for just $6,000, or $5,400 off the regular rate.

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