Today is Monday, Oct. 7, the 280th day of 2019. There are 85 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History

On Oct. 7, 2001, the 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 Sept. 11 attacks.

On this date

In 1777, the second Battle of Saratoga began during the American Revolution. (British forces under Gen. John Burgoyne surrendered 10 days later.)

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

In 1954, Marian Anderson became the first black singer hired by the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York.

In 1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and Republican opponent Richard Nixon held their second televised debate, this one in Washington, D.C.

In 1996, Fox News Channel made its debut.

In 2004, President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney conceded that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction as they tried to shift the Iraq War debate to a new issue, arguing that Saddam was abusing a U.N. oil-for-food program.

Today’s Birthdays: Retired South African Archbishop and Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu is 88. Comedian Joy Behar is 77. Singer John Mellencamp is 68. Russian President Vladimir Putin is 67. Rhythm-and-blues singer Toni Braxton is 52. Rock singer-musician Thom Yorke (Radiohead) is 51. Singer Taylor Hicks is 43. Actor Omar Miller is 41. Actor Shawn Ashmore is 40. Actress Holland Roden is 33. Actress Amber Stevens is 33.

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