There’s three sides to every story: there’s the history you were taught in school, the history the revisionist dig up and the truth.
Thursday October 23rd
4004: Beginning of the World.
1634: Pequots try to avert war by initiating peace negotiations with the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1642: Battle of Edgehill begins the English Civil War.
1684: Massachusetts Charter revoked.
1739: War of Jenkins’ Ear begins.
1749: Nicolas Appert (REP 1749-1841) French inventor of airtight food preservation.
1762: Samuel Morey (REP 1762-1843) inventor who worked on the early internal combustion engine.
1819: First boat passes through the Erie Canal.
1861: Abraham Lincoln suspends writ of habeas corpus.
1873: William Coolidge (MISS 1873-19750 inventor who developed the tungsten filament essential for the modern incandescent lamp bulb and the X-ray tube.
1915: 25,000 women march in New York City demanding the right to vote.
1920: Frank Rizzo (GI 1920-91) Philadelphia Police Commissioner (1967-71), Mayor (1972-80).
1925: Johnny Carson (SIL 1925-2005) host The Tonight Show (1962-92).
1941: Lend-Lease bill is passed.
1941: Dumbo is released.
1942: Michael Crichton (SIL 1942-2008) writer/director The Andromeda Strain (1969, 1971), Jurassic Park (1990, 1993), Twister (1996).
1945: Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson to play with the Montreal Royals.
1954: Ang Lee (BOOM 1954- ) Taiwanese/American writer/director Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Hulk (2003), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Life of Pi (2012).
1956: Hungarian Revolution (Oct 23-Nov 4) begins.
1959: “Weird Al” Yankovic (BOOM 1959- ) music satirist.
1967: Helen Palmer Geisel, wife of Dr. Seuss commits suicide over her husband’s affair.
1970: Grant Imahara (13th 1970- ) radio control expert MythBusters (2005- ).
1976: Ryan Reynolds (13th 1976- ) Smokin’ Aces (2006), Definitely, Maybe (2008), The Proposal (2009), Buried (2010), Green Lantern (2011).
1983: Suicide truck-bomb in Beirut kills 241 American soldiers.
1989: On the 33th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, Hungary became an independent republic.
1998: Abortion doctor Barnett Slepian is killed by a sniper.
1998: Pleasantville is released.