Saturday, October 22, 2005
1746: Presbyterian divines found the College of New Jersey at Elizabeth to train preachers. The school will move to Princeton 12 years later and will subsequently change its name to that of the town.
1836: Lawyer, soldier, and politician Sam Houston is named the first President of the Republic of Texas.
1887: The man whose mission in life will be to bring real Soviet-style democracy to the totalitarian United States, John (Ten Days that Shook the World) Reed, is born at Portland, Oregon.
1907: A run on the Knickerbocker Trust Co. forces it to close its doors, triggering the Panic of 1907. Bank president Charles Barney, whose speculation in copper caused the bank's ruin, will shoot himself.
1910: In one of the most famous murder trials in English history, Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen is convicted of murdering his wife. His lover, Ethel le Neve, is acquitted.
1934: Bank robber Charles Arthur Floyd is shot to death by FBI agents at East Liverpool, Ohio. He disliked the name "Pretty Boy," and once killed two men who called him that.
1966: The Supremes become the first all-female group to have a number-one selling album, with The Supremes a' Go-Go.
1971: President Nixon appoints William Hubbs Rehnquist to the United States Supreme Court.