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HOSTAGE CRISIS IN MOSCOW ON THIS DAY

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On October 23, 2002, about 50 Chechen rebels storm a Moscow theater,
taking up to 700 people hostage during a sold-out performance of a
popular musical.

The second act of the musical “Nord Ost” was just beginning at the
Moscow Ball-Bearing Plant’s Palace of Culture when an armed man
walked onstage and fired a machine gun into the air. The terrorists—
including a number of women with explosives strapped to their bodies,
identified themselves as members of the Chechen Army. They had one
demand: that Russian military forces begin an immediate and complete
withdrawal from Chechnya, the war-torn region located north of the
Caucasus Mountains.

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Russian special forces officers make their way toward the theater
seized by Chechen rebels.

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IT MADE HISTORY ON THIS DAY

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On this day in 1981, the 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444
days arrived in the
United States and were reunited with their
families.

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On this day in 1959, American Airlines had the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707.

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American Airlines’ inaugural flight crew with Boeing 707 Flagship California.

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On this day in 1968, North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo, charging it had intruded into the nation’s territorial waters on a
spying mission. The crew was released 11 months later.

The Pueblo’s mission began in early January, 1968, when the crew
set off from the U.S. Navy base on Yokosuka, Japan with orders to conduct surveillance on Soviet Navy and North Korean signal and electronic intelligence activity.

Pueblo, is still being held by North Korea today, officially remains
a
commissioned vessel of the United States Navy. Since early 2013,
the ship has been
moored along the Potong River in Pyongyang, and       
used there as a museum ship at the Pyongyang Victorious War
Museum
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The captured crew (above) were beaten and nearly starved in the
incident that almost led to another war.

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Pueblo on display in North Korea, 2012.

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North Koreans raise their fists during a rally in 2010 in front of the
U.S. Navy spy ship Pueblo.

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On this day in 1977, the TV mini-series "Roots," began airing on ABC. The show was based on the Alex Haley novel. Roots received 37 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and won nine. It also won a
Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. It received unprecedented
Nielsen ratings for the finale, which still holds a record as the third-highest-rated episode for any type of television series, and the
second-most watched overall series finale in U.S. television
history.


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LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte, a warrior of the Mandinka people
in Gambia who is captured by slavers and taken to Annapolis,
Md.

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John William Carson (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005)


Television host, comedian, writer, and producer Johnny Carson was 
best known as the host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
(1962–1992) on NBC. Carson received six
Emmy Awards, the Television
Academy
‘s 1980 Governor’s Award, and a 1985 Peabody Award. He was
inducted into the
Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987 awarded the
Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992 and received a Kennedy Center
Honor
in 1993.

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On this day in 1981, Iran released 52 Americans that had been held hostage for 444 days. The hostages were flown to Algeria and then
to a U.S. base in Wiesbaden, West Germany. The release occurred minutes after the
U.S. presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter
to Ronald Reagan. The Iranians waited until the hour President
Reagan was sworn in before allowing the plane with the hostages
to take off.

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President Ronald Reagan being sworn into office on this day1981.

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy takes the Oath of Office and becomes the
35th President of the United States on this day in 1961. At age 43,
he is the youngest man and the first Roman Catholic ever elected, winning by one of the smallest margins of victory, only 115,000 
popular votes. Lyndon B. Johnson, 51, is his Vice President.


President John F. Kennedy During his inaugural speech on Jan. 20,
1961.

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