On this day: October 29

Published On: Oct 28 2012 10:43:56 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 29 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Red Cross is formed, the New York Stock Exchange crashes on "Black Tuesday," Cassius Clay fights for the first time, John Glenn returns to space, and Sandy slams the East Coast, all on this day.

OTD October 29 - school desegregation
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1969: The U.S. Supreme Court rules on Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education, ordering an immediate end to all school segregation. The ruling changed 1954's Brown v. Board of Education's requirement for school desegregation "with all deliberate speed" to one of "desegregation now." For 15 years since Brown, schools in the South had used the phrase to put off desegregation.

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