On this day: October 10

Published On: Oct 09 2012 06:58:37 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 10 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

The Beach Boys release "Good Vibrations," a rebuilt London Bridge opens in the Arizona desert, a vice president resigns, and the entertainment world loses Yul Brynner, Orson Welles and Christopher Reeve, all on this day.

OTD October 10 - William Seward
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1872: Politician and diplomat William H. Seward, who served as the governor of New York, a U.S. senator, and the U.S. secretary of state under Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, dies at the age of 71 in Auburn, N.Y. Once a competitor of Lincoln's for the Republican nomination for president, Seward joined his cabinet after Lincoln was elected. On the night of Lincoln's assassination, he survived an attempt on his own life by one of John Wilkes Booth's co-conspirators. As Johnson's secretary of state, he engineered the 1867 purchase of Alaska from Russia in move that was ridiculed at the time as "Seward's Folly."