October 22

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1797 – Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first recorded parachute jump. He jumped from about 3,000 feet.

1879 – Using a filament of carbonized thread, Thomas Edison tested the first practical electric incandescent light bulb (it lasted 13-1/2 hours before burning out).

1907 – The Panic of 1907 began when depositors began withdrawing money from many New York banks.

1926 – J. Gordon Whitehead sucker punches magician Harry Houdini in the stomach in Montreal, precipitating his death.

1927 – Nikola Tesla introduced six new invention including single phase electric power.

1929 – The railroad ferry, S.S. Milwaukee, was lost in a huge Lake Michigan storm. Fifty-two men were lost. The ferry carried railroad cars across the big lake from Grand Haven, MI to Milwaukee, WI.

1939 – An NFL football game was televised for the first time. Alan “Skip” Walz called the play for NBC’s experimental station as the Brooklyn Dodgers defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 23-14 at Ebbets Field.

1948 – The Xerox copier was introduced 10 years after it was invented.

1955 – Michigan’s first historical marker was dedicated at East Lansing for Michigan State University.

1966 – The Supremes become the first all female music group to attain a Number 1 selling album.

1968 – Apollo 7 splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after orbiting the Earth 163 times.

1975 – The World Football League went belly up before completing its second season.

1976 – Red Dye Number 4 was banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after it is found that it causes tumors in the bladders of dogs.

1978 – Papal inauguration of Pope John Paul II.

1981 – The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was de-certified by the federal government for its strike the previous August.

1986 – President Ronald Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986 into law.

2001 – Two postal workers in Washington, DC, died of anthrax.

2002 – The Washington, DC sniper killed his tenth victim, a bus driver in Silver Spring, MD.

2003 – The Senate voted 97-0 to outlaw spam. Advertising messages are required to indicate they are such and senders of bulk E-mails are required to include a return address.

2008 – The iTunes Music Store reached 200 million applications downloaded.

2010 – The International Space Station set the record for the longest continuous human occupation of space at 3,641 days. It had been continuously inhabited since November 2, 2000.

2014 – The iPad Air 2 was released in the U.S.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Derek Jacobi 1938 – Actor (“The Day of the Jackal”, “Henry V”, “Dead Again”, “Gladiator”, “Gosford Park”, “The Riddle”, “The King’s Speech”, “My Week with Marilyn”, “Cinderella”)

Christopher Lloyd 1938 – Actor (TV’s “Taxi,” movies “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Back to the Future” films)

Tony Roberts 1939 – Actor (“Annie Hall”, “Play It Again Sam”, “A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy”)

Catherine Deneuve 1943 – Actress (“Indochine”, “Belle du Jour”, “Repulsion”, “The Hunger”)

Jeff Goldblum 1952 – Actor (“Jurassic Park”, “The Fly”, “The Big Chill”, “Independence Day”)

Greg Hawkes 1952 – Keyboardist (The Cars)

Todd Graff 1959 – Actor, director (“The Abyss”)

Bob Odenkirk 1962 – Actor, writer, comedian (TV’s “Breaking Bad”, “Better Call Saul”)

Valeria Golino 1965 – Actress (“Rain Man”, “Big Top Pee-wee”, “Hot Shots!” films)

Carlos Mencia 1967 – Comedian, TV host (TV’s “Mind of Mencia”)

Saffron Burrows 1972 – Actress (“In the Name of the Father”, “Circle of Friends”, “Wing Commander”, “Deep Blue Sea”, “Gangster No. 1”, “Enigma”, “Troy”, “Reign Over Me”, “The Bank Job”, TV’s “Boston Legal”, “My Own Worst Enemy”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson 1975 – Actor (Plays Mitchell Pritchett on TV’s “Modern Family”)

Michael Fishman 1981 – Actor (Played DJ on TV’s “Roseanne”)

Zachary Hanson 1985 – Musician (Hanson)

Jonathan Lipnicki 1990 – Actor (“Like Mike”, “Stuart Little”, “Jerry Maguire”)

 

TODAY IS:

Caps Lock Day

International Stuttering Awareness Day

Mother-In-Law Day

Nut Day

Smart is Cool Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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