(2012) This day starts the banned books week. The annual awareness draws attention to the fact that restraints are imposed on the availability of information in society. Some of the previously banned books include "The Catcher in the Rye," Lord of the Flies," and "Harry Potter." Seems tame.
(1989) The Soviet government ended press censorship, allowing books, magazines, newspapers, and other articles of print to get published without gaining prior government approval.
(1973) The Concorde made its first transatlantic flight.
(1960) The first televised U.S. presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon took place. The next one was shown in 1976.
(1888) Nobel Prize laureate T.S. Elliot is born. He was playwright, publisher, and "arguably the most important poet of the 20th century."
(1789) Thomas Jefferson is appointed America's first Secretary of State.