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This Day in History for October 10 – Spiro Agnew Resigns and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1845 – The US Naval Academy opens in Annapolis, Maryland, with 50 midshipmen students (More info)

1973 – US Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns after being charged with federal income tax evasion (More info)

1985 – Fighter jets intercept an Egyptian plane carrying terrorists who hijacked the Achille Lauro cruise ship, after which they land and are arrested (More info)

1991 – Fired US postal worker Joseph Harris kills his supervisor, her fiance, and two former co-workers, thus giving birth to the phrase “going postal” (More info)

2004 – Actor Christopher Reeve, who starred in four Superman films and became an activist for spinal cord research after being paralyzed in a 1995 riding accident, dies from heart failure at the age of 52 (More info)

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