Today is Saturday, Oct. 7, the 280th day of 2017. There are 85 days left in the year.

On Oct. 7, 1977, the Queen double-A single "We Are the Champions" (by lead singer Freddie Mercury) and "We Will Rock You" (by lead guitarist Brian May) was released in the United Kingdom by EMI Records.

In 1765, the Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England.

In 1849, author Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore at age 40.

In 1858, the fifth debate between Illinois senatorial candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took place in Galesburg.

In 1916, in the most lopsided victory in college football history, Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland University 222-0 in Atlanta.

In 1949, the Republic of East Germany was formed.

In 1954, Marian Anderson became the first black singer hired by the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York.

In 1960, Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and Republican opponent Richard Nixon held their second televised debate, this one in Washington, D.C.

In 1982, the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical "Cats" opened on Broadway. (The show ended its original run on Sept. 10, 2000, after a then-record 7,485 performances.)

In 1991, University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of making sexually inappropriate comments when she worked for him; Thomas denied Hill's allegations.

Birthdays: South African Anglican Archbishop and Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu is 86. Comedian Joy Behar is 75. Oliver North is 74. Rock musician Kevin Godley (10cc) is 72. John Mellencamp is 66. Vladimir Putin is 65. Actress Mary Badham (Scout in "To Kill a Mockingbird") is 65. Yo-Yo Ma is 62. Gospel singer Michael W. Smith is 60. TV personality Simon Cowell is 58. Charlie Marinkovich (Iron Butterfly) is 58.

Thought for Today: "An egotist is a person of low taste -- more interested in himself than in me." -- Ambrose Bierce, American author-journalist (1842-1914?).