October 10

1845

The U.S. Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Md.

1886

The tuxedo dinner jacket made its debut at a ball in Tuxedo Park, N.Y.

1911

Sun Yat-sen's revolutionaries overthrew the Manchu dynasty in China.

1935

George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess debuted on Broadway.

1943

Chiang Kai-shek took the oath of office as president of China.

1970

Fiji gained its independence from Great Britain.

1973

Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with tax evasion.

1985

Actor and director Orson Welles died in Hollywood at age 70.

2001

California representative Nancy Pelosi became minority whip.

2002

The US Congress gave President Bush authorization to use military force against Iraq.

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