On this date:In 1618
,Sir Walter Raleigh,the English courtier,militaryadventurer and poet,was executed in London.
,the opera “Don Giovanni”by Wolfgang AmadeusMozart had its world premiere in Prague.
,President William McKinley’s assassin,LeonCzolgosz (CHAWL’-gahsh),was electrocuted.
,the Republic of Turkey was proclaimed.
,Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson drew the ﬁrstnumber — 158 — in America’s ﬁrst peacetime military draft.
,during the Suez Canal crisis,Israel invaded Egypt’sSinai Peninsula. “The Huntley-Brinkley Report”premiered asNBC’s nightly television newscast.
,a chartered plane carrying the California PolytechnicState University football team crashed on takeoff from Toledo,Ohio,killing 22 of the 48 people on board.
,the National Organization for Women was formallyorganized during a conference in Washington,D.C.
,Expo 67 in Montreal,Quebec,Canada,closed aftersix months.
,on the 50th anniversary of the great stock marketcrash,anti-nuclear protesters tried but failed to shut down theNew York Stock Exchange.
,following the conﬁrmation defeat of Robert H. Bork toserve on the U.S. Supreme Court,President Ronald Reaganannounced his choice of Douglas H. Ginsburg,a nomination thatfell apart over revelations of Ginsburg’s previous marijuana use.
,Sen. John Glenn,at age 77,roared back into spaceaboard the shuttle Discovery,retracing the trail he’d blazed forAmerica’s astronauts 36 years earlier.
Ten years ago:
A Minneapolis memorial service for the lateSen. Paul Wellstone turned into a virtual political rally asfriends and relatives urged Minnesotans to honor his memoryby putting a Democrat in his seat on Election Day.Bluegrass singer-musician Sonny Osborne (The OsborneBrothers) is 75. Rock musician Denny Laine is 68. MusicianPeter Green is 66. Actor Richard Dreyfuss is 65. Actress KateJackson is 64. The president of Turkey,Abdullah Gul,is 62.Actor Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”) is 55. Country musi-cian Steve Kellough (Wild Horses) is 55. Comic strip artist TomWilson (“Ziggy”) is 55. Singer Randy Jackson is 51. Rock musi-cian Peter Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) is 47. Actress Joely Fisheris 45. Rapper Paris is 45. . Actress Gabrielle Union is 39. ActressMilena Govich is 36. Actor Jon Abrahams is 35. Actor Ben Fosteris 32. Rock musician Chris Baio (Vampire Weekend) is 28.
Reports:UK rocker arrestedas part of Savile case
LONDON — Police investigatingchild sex abuse allegations against thelate BBC television host Jimmy Savilearrested former glam rock star and con-victed sex offender Gary Glitter onSunday,British media reported,raisingfurther questions about whether Savilewas at the center of a broader pedophilering.Police would not directly identify thesuspect arrested Sunday,but mediaincluding the BBC and PressAssociation reported he was the 68-year-old Glitter.The musician,whose real name isPaul Gadd,made it big with the crowd-pleasing hit “Rock & Roll (Part 2),”amostly instrumental anthem that hasbeen a staple at American sportingevents,thanks to its catchy “hey”cho-rus. But he fell into disgrace after beingconvicted on child abuse charges inVietnam.Sunday’s arrest was the first in awidening scandal over Savile’s allegedsex crimes,which started garneringattention earlier this month when a tele-vision documentary showed severalwomen claiming that Savile abusedthem when they were teenagers.Hundreds of potential victims have sincecome forward to report similar claims topolice against Savile,a much-loved chil-dren’s TV presenter and disc jockey whodied at the age of 84last year.Most have allegedabuse by Savile,butsome said they wereabused by Savile andothers. Most claimedthey were assaultedin their early teens.The scandal hasraised questionsabout whether the BBC,the publiclyfunded and trusted broadcaster,hadignored crimes it suspected over severaldecades. Its executives have apologizedand vowed to uncover the true scale of the alleged abuse.“The BBC’s reputation is on the line,”Chris Patten,the chairman of the BBCTrust,wrote in The Mail on Sundaynewspaper. “The BBC risks squanderingpublic trust because one of its stars overthree decades was apparently a sexualcriminal ... and because others — BBCemployees and hangers-on — may alsohave been involved.”On Sunday,the BBC and Sky Newsshowed footage of Glitter,who wore ahat,a dark coat and sunglasses,beingtaken from his home by ofﬁcers anddriven away.Police would not directly identify thesuspect,but when asked about Glitter aspokesman said the force arrested a manin his 60s early Sunday morning inLondon on suspicion of sexual offensesin connection with the Savile probe. Hewas released later Sunday and was dueto return to a London police station inDecember for further questioning,police said. British police do not gener-ally identify suspects under arrest byname until they are charged.Glitter,known for his shiny jumpsuitsand bouffant wigs,was jailed in Britainin 1999 for possessing child pornogra-phy,and convicted in 2006 in Vietnamof committing “obscene acts with chil-dren”— offenses involving girls aged10 and 11. He was deported back toBritain in 2008.In 2006,the NFL advised its footballteams not to use the Glitter version of “Rock and Roll (Part 2)”at games.One witness recently told a BBC-TVshow that she once saw Glitter havingsex with a schoolgirl in Savile’s dressingroom at the broadcaster’s TV center inthe 1970s. Glitter has denied the allega-tions.Police have said that though the major-ity of cases it is investigating relate toSavile alone,some involve the entertainerand other unidentiﬁed suspects. In addi-tion,some potential victims who reportedabuse by Savile also told police aboutseparate allegations against unidentiﬁedmen that did not involve the BBC host.The scandal has horriﬁed Britain withrevelations that Savile,the longtime hostof the popular BBC shows “Top of thePops”and “Jim will Fix It,”allegedlycajoled and coerced vulnerable teensinto having sex with him in his car,hiscamper van,and even in dingy dressingrooms on BBC premises.
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