Wednesday, June 22, 2005
1767: Wilhelm von Humboldt is born at Potsdam in Prussia. As Minister of Public Instruction he’ll found what will come to be called Humboldt University of Berlin, whose students will later include Fichte, Hegel, Savigny, Schopenhauer, Einstein, Planck, and Marx.
1832: John Ireland Howe of Connecticut patents a machine that can make pins in one operation, instead of the 18 previously required; this will put thousands of pin-makers out of work.
1856: Sir Henry Rider Haggard is born at Bradenham in Norfolk. Although he’ll be called to the bar in 1888, he’ll make his living mostly by his 70-odd novels, which include She and King Solomon’s Mines.
1874: Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, whose three children died in an epidemic from which current medicine knowledge was unable to save them, formulates his new theory of "osteopathy."
1903: John Dillinger, whose year-long career as a bank robber will net his gang over $300,000 before he’s killed by FBI agents, is born at Indianapolis, Indiana.
1964: After a bidding war with NBC, CBS Television signs singer Barbra Streisand to a ten-year contract at $200,000 a year.
1965: Film impresario David O. Selznick (Gone With The Wind, Anna Karenina, Rebecca, A Star is Born) dies of a heart attack at Hollywood, California.
1978: Astronomer James Christy discovers that the planet Pluto has a moon. Demonstrating that scientists have better classical educations than lawyers, he names it Charon, after Pluto’s dog.
1989: Dublin City University and the University of Limerick are granted university status by the Irish government.
1998: CompUSA announces that it’s buying Tandy Corp.’s floundering Computer City operation for $275 million.