Welcome to Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011
1. The city of Amsterdam was founded on this day in 1275.
2. On Oct. 27, 1838, Missouri Gov. Lilburn Boggs issued the "Extermination Order" against Mormons. The order was given after the Battle of Crooked River between Mormons and the Missouri State Guard. The Mormons were told to take what they could carry and leave the state or be exterminated. Missouri Gov. Kit Bond abolished the order in 1976.
3. On this day in 1964, actor Ronald Reagan's political career began with a speech for Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. Exactly 24 years later, on Oct. 27, 1988, President Ronald Reagan ordered the U.S. Embassy in Moscow to be torn down after it is found to be infested with Soviet surveillance equipment.
4. Is it crowded in here? On Oct. 27, 1994, the population of prisoners in the U.S. reached 1 million.
5. British comedian John Cleese turns 72 today. Other Oct. 27 birthdays include American President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (1914-1953), former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher (1925-2011), American poet Sylvia Plath (1932-1963), American mobster John Gotti (1940-2002), "Ghostbusters" director Ivan Reitman (b. 1946), Drudgereport.com founder Matt Drudge (b. 1966) and British reality television star Kelly Osbourne (b. 1984).
6. Have you checked out Lorton Patch's latest contest? We took a picture, and want you to guess what it is. A prize awaits the first correct responder. !
7. There is an 80% chance of rain today, and the high temperature will be 66 degrees. The evening will be mostly cloudy with a low of about 37, according to the National Weather Service.
Have a memorable day!