Today is Thursday, Oct. 22, the 296th day of 2020. There are 70 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
- In 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas.
On this date:
- In 1797, French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet over Paris.
- In 1811, composer and piano virtuoso Franz Liszt was born in the Hungarian town of Raiding in present-day Austria.
- In 1883, the original Metropolitan Opera House in New York held its grand opening with a performance of Gounod’s “Faust.”
- In 1906, French post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne died in Aix-en-Provence at age 67.
- In 1934, bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd was shot to death by federal agents and local police at a farm near East Liverpool, Ohio
- In 1962, in a nationally broadcast address, President John F. Kennedy revealed the presence of Soviet-built missile bases under construction in Cuba and announced a quarantine of all offensive military equipment being shipped to the Communist island nation.
- In 1979 the U.S. government allowed the deposed Shah of Iran to travel to New York for medical treatment — a decision that precipitated the Iran hostage crisis.
- In 1981, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was decertified by the federal government for its strike the previous August.
- In 1986, President Reagan signed into law sweeping tax-overhaul legislation.
- In 2001, a second Washington, D.C., postal worker, Joseph P. Curseen, died of inhalation anthrax.
- In 2002, bus driver Conrad Johnson was shot to death in Aspen Hill, Md., in the final attack carried out by the “Beltway Snipers.”
- In 2014, a gunman shot and killed a soldier standing guard at a war memorial in Ottawa, then stormed the Canadian Parliament before he was shot and killed by the usually ceremonial sergeant-at-arms.