Events - October 22
1746 - John Hamilton, the Royal Governor of New Jersey officially chartered the College of New Jersey. The school is now known as Princeton University.
1797 - The first person to jump from a hot air balloon did so over Paris on this day. André-Jacque Garnerin, a Frenchman, accomplished the feat.
1844 - On this day, according to those who practiced Millerism, the world was to come to an end. A man named William Miller, religious leader and founder of the Adventist church, started the Millerism movement. Some say his followers got rid of all their earthly possessions and climbed to high places so as to be saved when the world ended.
1883 - New York City’s nouveau riche built their own opera house on Broadway in Manhattan, staging its first performance this day. The new socialites now had a theater where they could have opera boxes. Unlike the old Academy of Music, where the box seats were few and the likes of the Vanderbilts were unwelcome, the new Metropolitan Opera House had three levels of thirty-six boxes ... more than the number of millionaires in New York City, old or new. The lowest level became known as the ‘diamond horseshoe’. The Board of Directors of the Met had free opera boxes for all performances. The Metropolitan Opera House was designed by J. Cleaveland Cady and remained at Broadway between 39th and 40th Streets until 1966, when a 3,700 seat, 14-story opera house was built in NYC’s Lincoln Memorial Center for the Performing Arts ... the present home of the venerable Metropolitan Opera House.
1917 - Leopold Stokowski led the Philadelphia Orchestra in its first recording session -- for Victor Records.
1939 - The first televised pro football game was telecast from Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York. NBC’s flagship, W2XBS, carried the action. Brooklyn beat Philadelphia, 23-14. (NBC later changed those experimental call letters to WRCA, and even later, to WNBC.)
1950 - A record score in the NFL: The Los Angeles Rams stopped the Baltimore Colts, 70-27, in a regular season game.
1959 - "Take Me Along" opened on Broadway and quickly became an American classic. Walter Pidgeon starred along with Jackie Gleason.
1962 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy informed the world that the Soviet Union was building secret missile bases in Cuba and that he had ordered a naval quarantine (blockade) of Cuba. He also demanded that Russian Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev remove all the missiles and their bases.
1966 - The Supremes rocketed to the top of the pop-album charts with "Supremes A’ Go-Go". They were the first all-female vocal group to hit the top of the LP chart.
1969 - Michael Thomas, the 25-year-old assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, took over for ailing conductor William Steinberg in the symphony’s appearance in New York City.
1971 - Folk singer Joan Baez received a gold record for her hit, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". It turned out to be her biggest hit, peaking at #3 on the charts (October 2, 1971).
1972 - Gene Tenace hit four home runs in the Series, including two in his first two at-bats, and the Oakland A’s pulled out a dramatic seven-game win over the Cincinnati Reds. It was the first of the A’s three consecutive World Series championships and their first since 1930.
1975 - Cincinnati Reds manager Sparky Anderson said, “We were the best team in baseball, but not by much.” The World Series featured five one-run victories, two in extra innings and three on game-ending hits. In six of the seven victories, the winner trailed; four times the winning run came in the final inning. And 13 times, the score was either tied or the lead reversed. And in the seventh, played this day, a ninth-inning RBI single by Joe Morgan gave the Reds a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox and the title. It was the first title for the Reds in 35 years.
1978 - Pope John Paul II was inaugurated as Universal Pastor of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the first non-Italian Pope since Adrian VI (1522-1523), the first Polish Pope, and the youngest Pope since Pius IX (1846-1878).
1983 - Celebrating its 100th anniversary, New York’s Metropolitan Opera featured a daylong concert with some of the world’s greatest opera stars. On stage at the Met were Joan Sutherland, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.
1986 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986 on this day, but wrote his last name first. The signing, however, remains legal.
1988 - Phil Collins’ remake of the Mindbenders’ "Groovy Kind of Love" was the number one U.S. single. It was parked at the peak of the pops for two weeks.
1999 - Movies debuting in the U.S. this day: "The Best Man", with Taye Diggs, Nia Long and Morris Chestnut; "Body Shots", starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Jerry O’connell and Amanda Peet; "Bringing Out the Dead", with Nicolas Cage, Patricia Arquette And John Goodman; "Crazy in Alabama", featuring Melanie Griffith, John Beasley and Rod Steiger; "The Limey", starring Terence Stamp, Peter Fonda and Lesley Ann Warren. Pass the popcorn, puleez.
Birthdays - October 22
1811 - Franz Liszt (composer: The Hungarian Rhapsodies, Les Preludes, Orpheus, Tasso, Faust, Hungarian Fantasy, Sonata in B Minor; died July 31, 1886)
1885 - Giovanni Martinelli (opera singer: tenor: with Metropolitan Opera for 30 seasons; died Oct 22, 1969)
1903 - George Beadle (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine : genetic research; President: University of Chicago; Harvard professor of genetics; died June 9, 1989)
1903 - Curly Howard (comedian: The Three Stooges: Three Little Pigskins, Pop Goes the Easel, Goofs and Saddles, Wee Wee Monsieur, Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise, Higher Than a Kite, The Yoke’s on Me, Stop! Look! and Laugh!; died Jan 18, 1952)
1904 - Constance Bennett (actress: Madame X, As Young as You Feel, Two-Faced Woman, Topper, Sin Takes a Holiday; died July 24, 1965)
1907 - Jimmie (Emory) Foxx (‘Beast’, ‘Double X’: Baseball Hall of Famer: Philadelphia Athletics [World Series: 1929, 1930, 1031/all-star: 1934, 1935, 1936/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1932, 1933], Boston Red Sox [all-star: 1936-1941/Baseball Writers’ Award: 1938], Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Blue Jays; died July 21, 1967)
1913 - Boots (Patricia) Mallory (actress: Sing Sing Nights, Wolf Dog, Powdersmoke Range, Carnival Lady; died Dec 1, 1958)
1917 - Joan Fontaine (de Havilland) (Academy Award-winning actress: Suspicion ; Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Rebecca, Jane Eyre, Ivanhoe, Island in the Sun, Gunga Din, Emperor Waltz, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt; died Dec 15, 2013)
1918 - Harry (William) Walker (‘Harry the Hat’: baseball: SL Cardinals [World Series: 1942, 1943, 1946/all-star: 1943], Philadelphia Phillies [all-star: 1947], Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds; manager: Houston Astros; died Aug 8, 1999)
1919 - Doris Lessing (Taylor) (novelist: Children of Violence, African Stories; died Nov 17, 2013)
1920 - Mitzi Green (Elizabeth Keno) (actress: Lost in Alaska, Little Orphan Annie, Tom Sawyer, So This is Hollywood; died May 24, 1969)
1920 - Timothy Leary (psychologist, professor: Harvard; 1960s icon: promoted the use of LSD in the search of political and spiritual freedom; died May 31, 1996)
1925 - Slater Martin (Basketball Hall of Famer: Lakers: 4 NBA championships; New York Knicks, St. Louis Hawks; died Oct 18, 2012)
1925 - Dory Previn (songwriter: Come Saturday Morning, It’s Impossible, The Faraway Part of Town [w/Andre Previn]; died Feb 14, 2012)
1925 - Robert Rauschenberg (artist: Monogram, Bed, Buffalo II, Tracer; died May 12, 2008)
1938 - Derek Jacobi (Emmy Award-winning actor: The Tenth Man - Hallmark Hall of Fame [1988-89]; The Day of the Jackal, I Claudius series, The Odessa File, The Secret Garden)
1938 - Christopher Lloyd (Emmy Award-winning actor: Taxi [1981-1982] [1982-1983], Avonlea-The Disney Channel [1991-1992]; Back to the Future series, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Star Trek III, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Angels in the Outfield, Addams Family Values, Radioland Murders, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mr. Mom, Lady in Red)
1939 - Ray Jones (musician: bass: group: Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas: Bad to Me, I’ll Keep You Satisfied, From a Window, Little Children, Trains and Boats and Planes)
1939 - Tony Roberts (actor: Play It Again Sam, Serpico, Radio Days, Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, Edge of Night, The Thorns, The Four Seasons)
1942 - Annette Funicello (actress: The Mickey Mouse Club, Beach Blanket Bingo, Back to the Beach, Beach Party, Bikini Beach; singer: Tall Paul, First Name Initial, O Dio Mio, Pineapple Princess; died Apr 8, 2013)
1942 - Cecil (Lee) Upshaw (baseball: pitcher: Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox; died Feb 7, 1995)
1943 - Catherine Deneuve (Dorleac) (actress: Repulsion, Indochine, The April Fools, Umbrellas of Cherbourg)
1943 - Bobby Fuller (singer, musician: guitar: group: Bobby Fuller Four: I Fought the Law; died Jul 18, 1966 under suspicious circumstances)
1944 - John Wetzel (basketball: Phoenix Suns player, coach)
1945 - Leslie West (Weinstein) (singer, musician: guitar: group: Mountain: Mississippi Queen)
1946 - Eddie Brigati (singer, musician: tambourine: group: The [Young] Rascals: Good Lovin’, I’ve Been Lonely Too Long, Groovin’, A Girl like You, How Can I Be Sure, A Beautiful Morning, People Got to Be Free)
1949 - Butch Goring (hockey: NHL: LA Kings: Masterton Award & Lady Byng Trophy ; NY Islanders: playoff/Stanley Cup MVP ; Boston Bruins)
1952 - Jeff Goldblum (actor: The Fly, The Big Chill, Independence Day, Death Wish, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Right Stuff, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Silverado, Hideaway, Jurassic Park, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe)
1954 - Jamie (James Patrick) Quirk (baseball: KC Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, SL Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles, NY Yankees, Oakland Athletics)
1963 - Brian Boitano (Olympic gold medalist: men’s figure skating )
1966 - Valeria Golino (actress: Escape from L.A., Leaving Las Vegas, Hot Shots! series, Rain Man, Big Top Pee-wee)
Chart Toppers - October 22
Five Minutes More - Tex Beneke
To Each His Own - Eddy Howard
South America, Take It Away - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis
Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
I Need You Now - Eddie Fisher
If I Give My Heart to You - Doris Day
I Don’t Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow
Monster Mash - Bobby “Boris” Picket
Do You Love Me - The Contours
He’s a Rebel - The Crystals
Mama Sang a Song - Bill Anderson
I’ll Be There - The Jackson 5
Green-Eyed Lady - Sugarloaf
All Right Now - Free
Sunday Morning Coming Down - Johnny Cash
Kiss You All Over - Exile
Hot Child in the City - Nick Gilder
Reminiscing - Little River Band
Tear Time - Dave & Sugar
When I Think of You - Janet Jackson
Typical Male - Tina Turner
True Colors - Cyndi Lauper
Just Another Love - Tanya Tucker
Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...
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