Sunday, October 2, 2005
1187: After 88 years of Christian rule, Jerusalem falls to Saladin, who agrees to ransom 7,000 of the captives for 30,000 bezants. Women are half-price.
1889: Former Army scout Nicholas Creede shouts “Holy Moses!” when he finds a vein of silver in what is now Mineral County, Colorado. His Holy Moses Mine will touch off the last great silver boom in U.S. history.
1928: Harmonica ace DeFord Bailey cuts eight tracks at the new Victor Records Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, marking the first studio recording sessions in “Music City” history. Bailey, an African-American, is one of the first stars of WSM Radio's newfangled Grand Ole Opry.
1937: Twenty-six year-old Ronald Reagan gets his first starring role, as a crime-fighting radio announcer, in Warner Bros.’ Love is On the Air.
1950: A new comic strip appears in seven newspapers. Author Charles Schulz wants to call it “L’il Folks,” but the syndicator, United Features Syndicate, changes the name to “Peanuts” over his objections.
1959: “There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man,” intones narrator Rod Serling, as Twilight Zone debuts on CBS Television.
1967: Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
2001: After 71 years of operations, Switzerland’s national air carrier, Swissair, files for bankruptcy.
2001: Today is the first palindromic date (10/02/2001) in more than 600 years. The previous one was 08/31/1380.