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Saturday, October 8, 2005

Today in History: October 8

1480: A four-day battle begins in which forces of the Golden Horde, opposed by those of Grand Duke Ivan III of Moscow fail to effect a crossing the Ugra River.  The ultimate result of the ensuing stand-off is that Russia becomes formally independent of the Khans.

1600: The world’s oldest republic, San Marino, adopts its written constitution.

1869: Former New Hampshire lawyer U.S. President Franklin Pierce, who said after losing renomination, "What else is there to do now but drink?" dies of cirrhosis of the liver at Concord, New Hampshire.

Chicago_fire 1871: A fire starts in a barn owned by Patrick and Catherine O’Leary.  The O’Leary home itself is one of relatively few buildings that will survive the Great Chicago Fire.  (Left: Corner of Dearborn & Monroe Sts. after the fire -- Wikipedia Public Domain.)

1889: Airline entrepreneur Collett Everett Woolman is born at Bloomington, Indiana.  He’ll start Delta Airlines as a crop-dusting outfit in Macon, Georgia.

1944: The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet debuts on CBS radio.  Although it will move in 1949 to NBC and in 1952 to television, it will stay on the air until 1966.

1957: Owner Walter O’Malley (Fordham Law 1930) announces that the Brooklyn Dodgers will move to Los Angeles, California, after Brooklyn authorities resist his plan to replace the aging Ebbets Field.  He’ll build his new park in L.A. entirely with private money.

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