On October 7, 1943, Rear Adm. Shigematsu Sakaibara, commander of the Japanese garrison on Wake Island, orders the execution of 96 Americans POWs, claiming they were trying to make radio contact with U.S. forces. The Japanese overran Wake in the initial stages of the war, and all POW's were transported elsewhere except for these 96, who were kept on the island as forced labor. The execution of those remaining American POWs, who were blindfolded and shot in cold blood (the Japanese usuallly executed prisoners by beheading with a sword, often after making the condemned dig their own graves), is considered one of the more brutal episodes of the war in the Pacific. On October 7, 2003, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected governor of California. A political upstart, the former 4-time "Mr. Universe" body building champion turned actor defeated 134 other candidates on the ballot, which included career politicians, other actors and one adult-film star. Australian-born Schwarzenegger (he became a U.S. citizen in 1986), a staunch Republican despite his connection through marriage to the Kennedy political dynasty, would serve 2 full terms as "governator", a nickname evoking his fame from starring in The Terminator film series. On October 7, 1975, New York State Supreme Court Justice Irving Kaufmann reverses a deportation order for John Lennon, allowing him to remain legally in his adoptive home of NYC. Lennon had lived in the U.S. as a British citizen for several years with his wife, Yoko Ono. Their deportation order was based on a 1968 marijuana conviction that occurred in England, but the real reason was the Nixon Administration's concern with Lennon's influence over the 18-21 year old segment of America, who would be voting in a Presidential election for the first time in 1972. Lennon's had been a peaceful voice against the Vietnam War, but the White House was more concerned about his associations with radicals like Bobby Seale and Abbie Hoffman. Walter Cronkite would call Lennon Nixon's worse enemy. His deportation was ordered in 1971. Kaufmann would write in his reversal that Lennon's "four-year fight to remain in this country is testimony to his faith in this American dream." Lennon would receive his green card permitting permanent residency in 1976.