Archive for October 8th, 2017


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Susan Alexandra Weaver

Sigourney Weaver played the resourceful action hero Ellen Ripley in Alien
(1979), Aliens (1986) for which she was nominated for the Academy Award
for Best Actress, Alien 3 (1992), and Alien Resurrection (1997). She also
played Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989) 
and Dr. Grace Augustine in Avatar (2009).

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Sigourney Weaver in Alien.

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NEW YORK (AP) – A mahogany speedboat that belonged to John F. Kennedy
sold for $75,000, and a flight suit that belonged to CIA operative Francis Gary Powers sold for $2,750 Saturday at
a New York auction of Kennedy-era

The sale at Guernsey’s included a wide array of Camelot-era lots, including documents, photos, stationery and even inscribed sterling silver baby toothbrushes.

A rocking chair that Kennedy used in the White House, specially made for
him because of a back injury, sold for $30,000.


FILE- In this undated file photo provided by Guernsey's, John F. Kennedy is at the wheel of his speedboat, Restofus.   Hot memorabilia with a Cold War theme, including property of the late President John F. Kennedy and CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers, is being featured at an auction in New York City on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.
In this undated photo, John F. Kennedy is at the wheel of his
speedboat, Restofus.

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The Great Chicago Fire was a large destructive fire that burned from Sunday, October 8, to early Tuesday, October 10, 1871. It killed up to 300 people,
destroyed roughly 3.3 square miles of
Chicago, Illinois, and left more than
100,000 residents homeless
. The fire started at about 9:00 p.m. on October 8,
in or around a small barn belonging to the O’Leary family.
The shed next to
the barn was the first building to be consumed by the fire, but city officials
never determined the exact cause of the blaze. There has, however, been
much speculation over the years.

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In Poland on this day in 1982, all labor organizations were banned
including Solidarity.

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On this day in 1970, Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn won the
Nobel Prize for literature.

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The Novels of Alexander Solzhenitsyn:
4-book Set (Cancer Ward, August 1914,
First Circle, One Day in the Life of

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Donald James Larsen (New York Yankees) pitched the first
perfect game in the history of the World Series on this day
in 1956.

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Donald James Larsen turned 88 on August 7.

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