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1849, author Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore at age 40.

1949, the Republic of East Germany was formed.

1982, the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical "Cats" opened on Broadway. (The show closed Sept. 10, 2000, after a record 7,485 performances.)

1985, Palestinian gunmen hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean. (The hijackers, who killed Jewish American tourist Leon Klinghoffer, surrendered two days after taking over the ship.)

1991, University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of making sexually inappropriate comments when she worked for him; Thomas denied Hill's allegations.

2001, the current war in Afghanistan started as the United States and Britain launched air attacks against military targets and Osama bin Laden's training camps in the wake of the September 11 attacks.



TODAY IN HISTORY

1849: Author Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore at age 40.

1949: The Republic of East Germany was formed.

1982: The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Cats opened on Broadway. (The show closed Sept. 10, 2000, after a record 7,485 performances.)

2001: The current war in Afghanistan started as the United States and Britain launched air attacks against military targets and Osama bin Laden's training camps in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

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