In 1929, Teapot Dome Scandal trial begins


Today is Sunday, Oct. 7, the 281st day of 2012. There are 85 day s left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History

On Oct. 7, 1929, former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall, one of the main figures of the Teapot Dome scandal, went on trial in Washington, D.C., charged with accepting a bribe from oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny. (Fall was found guilty and sentenced to a year in prison and fined $100,000; he ended up serving nine months. Ironically, Doheny was acquitted at trial of offering the bribe that Fall was convicted of taking.)

On this date

• In 1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and Republican opponent Richard M. Nixon held their second televised debate, in Washington, D.C.

• In 1991, University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of making sexually inappropriate comments when she worked for him; Thomas denied Hill’s allegations.

• In 2001, the current war in Afghanistan started as the United States and Britain launched air attacks against military targets and Osama bin Laden’s training camps in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Five years ago

• Tyler Peterson, a 20-year-old sheriff’s deputy, went on a shooting rampage in Crandon, Wis., killing six people, including his ex-girlfriend, before taking his own life as police closed in.

today’s birthdays

Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is 81. Comedian Joy Behar (TV: “The View”) is 70. Former National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Oliver North (ret.) is 69. Singer John Mellencamp is 61. Actress Christopher Norris is 59. Recording executive and TV personality Simon Cowell (TV: “The X Factor”) is 53. Rhythm-and-blues singer Toni Braxton is 45. Rock singer-musician Damian Kulash is 37. Singer Taylor Hicks (“American Idol”) is 36. Actor Omar Benson Miller is 34. Electronic musician Flying Lotus (AKA Stephen Ellison) is 29. MLB player Evan Longoria is 27. Actress Amber Stevens is 26.