Highlights of this day in history: Congress OK's U.S. military force against Iraq; Former President Jimmy Carter wins Nobel Peace Prize; Anita Hill accuses Supreme Court pick Clarence Thomas; Second Vatican Council opens; 'SNL' premieres. (Oct. 11)
CAMILLE BOHANNON: October 11, 2002. On Capitol Hill, the Senate joins the House in authorizing US military force against Iraq. Arizona Republican, John McCain, says Saddam Hussein must comply with the UN on giving up weapons of mass destruction or else.
JOHN MCCAIN: Allowing him to remain in power with the resources at his disposal would intolerably and inevitably risk American interests in a region of the world where threats to those interests affect the whole world.
CAMILLE BOHANNON: But West Virginia Democrat, Robert Byrd, accuses the White House of a power grab.
ROBERT BYRD: The Bush administration wants the president to have the power to launch this nation into war without provocation and without clear evidence of an imminent attack on the United States. And we're going to be foolish enough to give it to him.
CAMILLE BOHANNON: Also that same year, former President Jimmy Carter wins the Nobel Peace Prize honored for years of peacemaking efforts. 1991. In Washington, Anita Hill testifies before a Senate panel about her claims that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her. Thomas denies the claims, denouncing the hearings as a high tech lynching. The Senate ultimately confirms Thomas. 1962, Pope John XXIII convenes a Second Vatican Council, whose meetings reshape the Catholic church. And 1975.
- Live from New York, it's "Saturday Night!"
CAMILLE BOHANNON: The comedy sketch show, "Saturday Night Live" premieres on NBC. Today in history, October 11, Camille Bohannon, the Associated Press.