1849: Poet-writer Edgar Allan Poe died at age 40.
1949: The Republic of East Germany was formed.
1968: The Motion Picture Association of America adopted its film-rating system, ranging from "G" for general audiences to "X" for adults only.
1998: Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, was beaten, robbed, and left tied to a fence. He died five days later.
2001: U.S. and British forces launched bombing campaign against Taliban government and al-Qaeda terrorist camps in Afghanistan.
2003: California Gov. Gray Davis was recalled and former bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected in his place.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
(1913 - 1960)