This Day in History

Today is Monday, October 29th, the 302nd day of the year.  There are 63 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1952, "Dial M for Murder" opened on Broadway.

In 1964, the Star of India and other valuable jewels were stolen from the American Museum of Natural History in New York.  They were recovered three months later.

In 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered an end to all school segregation "at once."

In 1971, musician Duane Allman died at the age of 24.  He was a member of The Allman Brothers Band.

In 1974, Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, to regain the world heavyweight boxing championship.  The fight was billed as "The Rumble in the Jungle."

In 1987, legendary bandleader Woody Herman died at the age of 74.

In 1998, 77-year-old Senator John Glenn blasted off back into space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, 36-years after he blazed the trail for American astronauts. 

In 1999, a memorial service was held for golfer Payne Stewart who was killed along with five other people in a Learjet crash.

In 2011, a rare and powerful October snowstorm blanketed parts of the Northeast downing power lines and snapping tree limbs.  The storm forced governors in several states to declare a state of emergency. 

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy left death and destruction in several Northeastern states, including New York and New Jersey.  President Obama declared a state of emergency in for several states.

In 2015, Astronaut Scott Kelly officially set the record for the longest space mission by an American, breaking Michael Lopez-Alegria's record of 215 days.  He started his mission in the International Space Station back in March and spent 342 days orbiting the Earth.   

In 2015, China announced that they were putting an end to the one-child-only policy its been enforcing for more than three decades.  The state news agency reported that the Communist Central Committee has approved plans to allow all couples to have two children.

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