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1849 Author Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore at age 40.
1910 A major wildfire devastated the northern Minnesota towns of Spooner and Baudette, charring at least 300,000 acres. Some 40 people are believed to have died.
1949 The Republic of East Germany was formed.
1982 The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Cats opened on Broadway. (The show closed Sept. 10, 2000, after a record 7,485 performances.)
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.
1992 Trade representatives of the United States, Canada and Mexico initialed the North American Free Trade Agreement during a ceremony in San Antonio, Texas.
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.
In The Star
Oct. 7, 1938, in The Star: “Nearly all the farmers do their banking and other business in Anniston,” Wilbur Harris, a widely known Choccolocco Valley farmer, told The Star when asked to explain his objections to the proposed removal of several government agricultural offices to the former county poorhouse building in Jacksonville. “The warehouses are here and it would be a lot of extra trouble and expense for a man to keep running between the warehouses in Anniston and the farm offices in Jacksonville.” Harris will likely be in attendance at the county Board of Revenue meeting Monday next week when an enormous delegation of farmers plans to protest the board’s removal plan. Also this date: The Anniston High School band will appear for the first time in new uniforms at the football game between Anniston and Oxford at Johnston Field tonight. The uniforms, which were purchased by public subscription, arrived this morning. The new uniforms feature red coats with black piping and black trousers with red piping. Additionally: Alexandria Methodist Church will celebrate its 100th anniversary as a congregation in special services Sunday. The Rev. Thad Ferrell is pastor.
Oct. 7, 1988, in The Star: Ohatchee businessman Gerald Acker and former Anniston Mayor Gertrude Williams were honored Thursday night as Calhoun County's top industrial developers of the year. Acker was given the Thomas E. Kilby Sr. Award for his efforts to attract more industry to Calhoun County, and Mrs. Williams received the Kilby Award for the most active retiree. Both awards were given at a banquet that served as the climax of “Industry and Commerce on Parade” week, sponsored by the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce. Bill Andrews, manager of industrial affairs for the chamber, said Acker has worked tirelessly to entice more business into this area, but Acker offered nothing but a concise acceptance speech after receiving the award: “From an old country boy from Ohatchee — thank you. That's all I've got to say.”
Birthdays for October 7
Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu is 82. Country singer Kieran Kane is 64. Singer John Mellencamp is 62. Rock musician Ricky Phillips is 62. Actress Mary Badham (To Kill a Mockingbird) is 61. Rock musician Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) is 60. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma is 58. Recording executive and TV personality Simon Cowell is 54. Rhythm-and-blues singer Toni Braxton is 46. Rock singer-musician Thom Yorke (Radiohead) is 45. Actor Omar Benson Miller is 35. MLB player Evan Longoria is 28. Actress Amber Stevens is 27.
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