Egyptian President and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Anwar Sadat was assassinated on this date in 1981 as he reviewed a military parade in Cairo. It was Sadat who, along with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, met with President Jimmy Carter at Camp David, Md., and took the first steps toward restoring Egyptian-Israeli relations. Ironically, he was killed at a parade commemorating the 1973 Egyptian-Israeli War.
It was on this date in 1991 that reports first surfaced of Anita Hill's accusations of sexual harassment against U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas. Hill, a former personal assistant to Thomas, said her ex-boss had made crude, rude remarks to her from 1981 to 1983. Despite her allegations, and congressional hearings into the matter, Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court by the Senate.
"The Jazz Singer" -- the first talking motion picture -- had its premiere in New York on this date in 1927, ushering in the era of "talkies." It starred Al Jolson in what would be his last singing role.
On this date in 1853, Antioch College opened in Yellow Springs, Ohio. It was the first nonsectarian school to offer equal opportunity for both men and women.
In sports history...
Sports writer Grantland Rice was at the microphone as the World Series was broadcast for the first time on this date in 1921.
And on this date in 1993, Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan announced he was retiring. Jordan had been shaken by the murder that summer of his father. In 1994, "Air Jordan" would take up baseball and play for the minor leagues in a season that was shortened by a players' strike. He eventually returned to basketball --- and the Bulls.
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