Today in History
Today is Thursday, Oct. 22, the 296th day of 2020. There are 70 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 22, 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.
On this date:
In 1797, French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin (gahr-nayr-AN’) 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 (RY’-ding) in present-day Austria.
In 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas.
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…
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