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Published Oct 15, 2012 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

It’s Monday, Oct. 15, the 289th day of 2012. There are 77 days left in the year.

Happenings

• Vice President Joe Biden campaigns in Nevada as Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan campaigns in his home state of Wisconsin.

• A military tribunal is set to resume at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the al-Qaida operative accused of orchestrating the 9/11 attacks, and four other suspects.

In History

Highlights: In 1917, Dutch dancer Mata Hari, convicted of spying for the Germans, was executed by a French firing squad outside Paris.In 1945, the former premier of Vichy France, Pierre Laval, was executed for treason. In 1946, Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering fatally poisoned himself hours before he was to have been executed. In 1951, the classic sitcom “I Love Lucy” premiered on CBS.In 1964, it was announced that Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev had been removed from office.

Ten years ago: Iraqis turned out for a national referendum on whether Saddam Hussein should remain their president for another seven years; Hussein won with a reported 100 percent of the votes cast.

Five years ago: Americans Leonid Hurwicz, Eric Maskin and Roger Myerson won the Nobel economics prize.

One year ago: Italian riot police fired tear gas and water cannons in Rome as violent protesters hijacked a peaceful demonstration against corporate greed, smashing bank windows, torching cars and hurling bottles.

Birthdays

Former auto executive Lee Iacocca is 88. Jazz musician Freddy Cole is 81. Actress Linda Lavin is 75. Actress-director Penny Marshall is 69. Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Palmer is 67. Singer-musician Richard Carpenter is 66. Tennis player Roscoe Tanner is 61. Singer Tito Jackson is 59. Actor-comedian Larry Miller is 59. Britain’s Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, is 53. Chef Emeril Lagasse is 53. Actor Dominic West is 43. Rhythm-and-blues singer Keyshia Cole is 31. Actor Vincent Martella (“Everybody Hates Chris”) is 20.

— From wire reports