On this day: October 7

POSTED: 11:24 AM PDT Sep 17, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Oct 06, 2015 

Edgar Allen Poe dies, East Germany is born, "Cats" begins its domination of Broadway, "American Bandstand" goes off the air, and the U.S. invades Afghanistan, all on this day.

OTD October 7 - 2003 California recall
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State of California

2003: California Gov. Gray Davis (pictured) becomes the first governor recalled in the history of the state, and just the second in U.S. history. In results that would be certified on Nov. 14, 2003, voters selected actor/bodybuilder and Republican candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger as the new governor over fellow Republican Tom McClintock and Democrat Cruz Bustamante, who at the time was the sitting lieutenant governor of California. The race had 135 candidates who qualified for the ballot, several of whom were prominent celebrities, including Arianna Huffington, Gary Coleman and Larry Flynt.


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