October 22 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1633 Battle of Liaoluo Bay: Dutch East India Company defeated by Chinese Ming naval forces in southern Fujian sea

1721 Tsar Peter the Great becomes “All-Russian Imperator”

1879 Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb

1884 International Meridian Conference in Washington, D.C. adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) worldwide, creating 24 international time zones with longitude zero at the Greenwich meridian

1907 Panic of 1907: A run on Knickerbocker Trust Company stock leads to US wide run on banks

1962 Cuban Missile Crisis: US President John F. Kennedy addresses TV about Russian missile bases in Cuba and imposes a naval blockade on Cuba, beginning the missile crisis

Today’s Historical Events

 

362 The temple of Apollo at Daphne, outside of Antioch, is destroyed in a mysterious fire

794 Emperor Kanmu relocates Japanese capital to Heiankyo (now Kyoto).

1335 Ex-emperor Hanazono (95th Emperor of Japan) became a Zen priest

1383 The 1383-85 Crisis in Portugal: A period of civil war and disorder begins after King Fernando dies without a male heir to the Portuguese throne

1575 Foundation of Aguascalientes (one of 32 Federal Entities of Mexico)

1633 Battle of Liaoluo Bay: Dutch East India Company defeated by Chinese Ming naval forces in southern Fujian sea

1707 Scilly Naval Disaster: shipwreck of four Royal navy warships and loss of 1400 men during a storm off the Scilly Isles – will prompt 1714 British Act of Parliament competition to find longitude at sea

1708 Great Alliance occupies Rijsel

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1926 J. Gordon Whitehead sucker punches magician Harry Houdini in the stomach in Montreal

1930 1st concert of BBC Symphony Orchestra, at Queen’s Hall, under Adrian Boult

1932 Film “Red Dust” directed by Victor Fleming, starring Clark GableJean Harlow and Mary Astor premieres

1939 NBC becomes first network to televise a pro football game; Brooklyn Dodgers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 23-14 at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field

1942 “Now, Voyager” film directed by Irving Rapper, and starring Bette DavisPaul Henreid and Claude Rains, premieres in New York; wins 3 Academy Awards

1955 WWNY TV channel 7 in Carthage-Watertown, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting

1957 KJAC TV channel 4 in Port Arthur-Beaumont, TX (NBC) 1st broadcast

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1868 Jacques Offenbach’s opera “Genevieve de Brabant” premieres in NYC

1881 Boston Symphony Orchestra gives its first concert

1883 New York’s original Metropolitan Opera House has its grand opening with a performance of Charles Gounod’s opera “Faust”

1922 Parsifal Place laid out in Bronx, NY, named after a knight in Wagner’s opera

1959 Bob Merrill‘s musical “Take Me Along” opens at Shubert Theater, NYC; runs for 448 performances

1964 EMI rejects audition by “High Numbers”; they go on to become “The Who”

1969 Paul McCartney denies greatly exaggerated rumors of his death

1975 “Me & Bessie” opens at Ambassador Theater. NYC; runs for 453 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1878 The first rugby match under floodlights takes place in Salford, between Broughton and Swinton.

1884 Sporting Life announces that both pennant winners will meet in 3 game series Oct 23-25 at Polo Grounds NYC to determine baseball champion

1885 John Ward & several teammates secretly form Brotherhood of Prof Base Ball Players, 1st baseball union

1930 SC Genemuiden soccer team forms

1933 Italian boxer Primo Carnera beats Spanish challenger Paulino Uzcudun on points in Rome, Italy to retain the IBU heavyweight title

1935 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Twin Hills CC: Johnny Revolta wins his only major title, defeating Tommy Armour, 5 & 4

1939 NBC becomes first network to televise a pro football game; Brooklyn Dodgers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 23-14 at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field

1950 LA Rams beat Baltimore Colts 70-27