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Today in History: Thursday, October  01, 2015
AP Highlight in History: 
On Oct. 1, 1949, Mao Zedong proclaimed the People's Republic of China during a ceremony in Beijing.
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On this date in:
1903 The visiting Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Americans 7-3 in the first World Series game.
1908 Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile to the market; each car cost $825.
1936 General Francisco Franco was proclaimed the head of an insurgent Spanish state.
1939 Winston Churchill described the Soviet Union as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma" during a radio broadcast.
1961 Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run of the season, breaking the record Babe Ruth set in 1927.
Audio Link Yankees broadcaster Phil Rizzuto makes the call
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1962 Johnny Carson debuted as regular host of NBC's "Tonight" show.
1964 The Free Speech Movement was launched at the University of California at Berkeley.
1971 Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Fla.
1982 Sony began selling the first commercial compact disc player in Japan.
1993 Polly Klaas, 12, was abducted from her Petaluma, Calif., home during a slumber party and murdered. (Her case inspired California's three-strikes law.)
2001 The Supreme Court suspended former President Bill Clinton from practicing before the high court.
2008 A $700 billion financial industry bailout won lopsided passage in the Senate, 74-25, after it was loaded with tax breaks and other sweeteners.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Former President Jimmy Carter turns 91 years old today.
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Name Profession Age
Julie Andrews Actress, singer 80
Rod Carew Baseball Hall of Famer 70
Stephen Collins Actor ("7th Heaven") 68
Randy Quaid Actor 65
Youssou N'Dour Singer 56
Esai Morales Actor 53
Mark McGwire Baseball player 52
Cindy Margolis Actress, model 50
Kevin Griffin Rock musician (Better Than Ezra) 47
Brie Larson Actress ("United States of Tara") 26
Actor Zach Galifianakis turns 46 years old today.
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