KSAT Kids: Today in History, Oct. 6

Pope John Paul II visits the White House

** FILE ** President Jimmy Carter , right, talks with Pope John Paul II at the White House in Washington in this Oct. 6, 1979 file photo. Carter hosted the first White House by a pope. Pope John Paul II was greeted at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington by Vice President Walter Mondale. His stay at the White House featured 10,000 guests _ split between separate arrival and departure ceremonies on the North and South Lawns. (AP Photo) (Anonymous, AP1979)

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 6, the 280th day of 2020. There are 86 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

  • In 1979, Pope John Paul II, on a week-long U.S. tour, became the first pontiff to visit the White House, where he was received by President Jimmy Carter.

On this date:

  • In 1884, the Naval War College was established in Newport, Rhode Island.
  • In 1927, the era of talking pictures arrived with the opening of “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson, a feature containing both silent and sound-synchronized sequences.
  • In 1928, Chiang Kai-shek became president of China
  • In 1939, in a speech to the Reichstag, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler spoke of his plans to reorder the ethnic layout of Europe — a plan which would entail settling the “Jewish problem.”
  • In 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed the Mutual Defense Assistance Act, providing $1.3 billion in military aid to NATO countries.
  • In 1969, the New York Mets won the first-ever National League Championship Series, defeating the Atlanta Braves, 7-4, in Game 3; the Baltimore Orioles won the first-ever American League Championship Series, defeating the Minnesota Twins 11-2 in Game 3.
  • In 1973, war erupted in the Middle East as Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israel during the Yom Kippur holiday. (Israel, initially caught off guard, managed to push back the Arab forces before a cease-fire finally took hold in the nearly three-week conflict.)
Blood donors line up behind an ambulance on a Tel Aviv street, Oct. 6, 1973. Action continued on the Syrian and Egyptian borders during the Arab-Israeli war. (AP Photo) (AP)
  • In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford, in his second presidential debate with Democrat Jimmy Carter, asserted that there was “no Soviet domination of eastern Europe.” (Ford later conceded such was not the case.)
  • In 1981, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was shot to death by extremists while reviewing a military parade.
  • In 2004, the top U.S. arms inspector in Iraq, Charles Duelfer, reported finding no evidence Saddam Hussein’s regime had produced weapons of mass destruction after 1991.
  • In 2014, the Supreme Court unexpectedly cleared the way for a dramatic expansion of gay marriage in the United States as it rejected appeals from five states seeking to preserve their bans, effectively making such marriages legal in 30 states.
  • In 2018, in the narrowest Senate confirmation of a Supreme Court justice in nearly a century and a half, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed by a 50-48 vote; he was sworn in hours later.

Today’s Birthdays:

Broadcaster and writer Melvyn Bragg is 81. Actor Britt Ekland is 78. Musician Sid McGinnis is 71. Rock singer Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) is 69. Rock singer-musician David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) is 66. Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dungy is 65. Actor Elisabeth Shue is 57. Singer Matthew Sweet is 56. Actor Jacqueline Obradors is 54. Country singer Tim Rushlow is 54. Rock musician Tommy Stinson is 54. Actor Amy Jo Johnson is 50. Actor Emily Mortimer is 49. Actor Lamman Rucker is 49. Actor Ioan Gruffudd is 47. Actor Jeremy Sisto is 46. Actor Brett Gelman is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Melinda Doolittle is 43. Actor Wes Ramsey is 43. Actor Karimah Westbook is 42. Singer-musician Will Butler is 38. Actor Stefanie Martini is 30.

Johnson, now 50, has kept active in television with recurring roles on "Wildfire," "The Division" and "Covert Affairs." Johnson, who is also known for playing the Pink Ranger on "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers," also starred on the Canadian police drama "Flashpoint" between 2008 and 2012. (Canadian Film Centre via Wikimedia Commons)