Today In History

Today is Saturday, Oct. 29, the 303rd day of 2016. There are 63 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlights

On Oct. 29, 1956, during the Suez Canal crisis, Israel invaded Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. “The Huntley-Brinkley Report” premiered as NBC’s nightly television newscast.

On this date

In 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh, the English courtier, military adventurer and poet, was executed in London for treason.

In 1901, President William McKinley’s assassin, Leon Czolgosz , was electrocuted.

In 1929, Wall Street crashed on “Black Tuesday,” heralding the start of America’s Great Depression.

In 1940, a blindfolded Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson drew the first number — 158 — from a glass bowl in America’s first peacetime military draft.

In 1964, thieves made off with the Star of India and other gems from the American Museum of Natural History in New York. (The Star and most of the other gems were recovered; three men were convicted of stealing them.)

Thought for Today

“Love is like a card trick. After you know how it works, it’s no fun anymore.” — Fanny Brice (1891-1951)