Today is Sunday, Oct. 14, the 288th day of 2012. There are 78 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History
On Oct. 14, 1912, former President Theodore Roosevelt, campaigning for the White House as the Progressive candidate, was shot in the chest in Milwaukee by New York saloonkeeper John Schrank. Despite the wound, Roosevelt went ahead with a scheduled speech, declaring, “It takes more than one bullet to kill a bull moose.”
On this date
• In 1066, Normans under William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings.
• In 1947, Air Force test pilot Charles E. (“Chuck”) Yeager broke the sound barrier as he flew the experimental Bell XS-1 (later X-1) rocket plane over Muroc Dry Lake in California.
• In 1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy suggested the idea of a Peace Corps while addressing an audience of students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
• In 1964, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
• In 1977, singer Bing Crosby died outside Madrid, Spain, at age 74.
• In 1987, a 58-hour drama began in Midland, Texas, as 18-month-old Jessica McClure slid 22 feet down an abandoned well at a private day care center; she was rescued on Oct. 16.
Ten years ago
• President George W. Bush called recent attacks in Kuwait, Indonesia and Yemen part of a grim pattern of terror, and said “we’ve got a long way to go” to defeat Osama bin Laden’s global network.
Five years ago
• Lorena Ochoa clinched her second straight LPGA Tour player of the year award with a runaway victory in the Samsung World Championship, finishing at 18-under 270.
One year ago
• President Barack Obama cast himself as a savior of the U.S. auto industry as he stood in a once-shuttered Michigan assembly plant with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to boast of a new trade deal and the auto bailout he’d pushed through Congress.
• The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 to take a 3-2 lead in the NL championship series.
• In Tokyo, Japan’s Kohei Uchimura gave the home fans what they wanted, becoming the first man to win three titles at the world gymnastics championships.
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop is 96. Actor Roger Moore is 85. Former White House counsel John W. Dean III is 74. Country singer Melba Montgomery is 74. Fashion designer Ralph Lauren is 73. Actor Harry Anderson is 60. Actor Greg Evigan is 59. Actress Lori Petty is 49. MLB manager Joe Girardi is 48. Singer Karyn White is 47. Actor Jon Seda is 42. Country musician Doug Virden is 42. Country singer Natalie Maines (The Dixie Chicks) is 38. Actress-singer Shaznay Lewis (All Saints) is 37. Singer Usher is 34. TV personality Stacy Keibler is 33. Actor Jordan Brower is 31. Actress Skyler Shaye is 26. Actor-comedian Jay Pharoah (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 25.