Sunday, October 30, 2005
1340: The last Islamic invasion of Spain from Africa is defeated by Kings Alfonso IV of Portugal and Alfonso XI of Castile at the Battle of Rio Salado.
1735: Boston lawyer, rebel, and future President John Adams is born at Braintree, Massachusetts.
1831: The leader of a failed slave rebellion, Nat Turner, is captured at Southampton County, Virginia. He will later be hanged and skinned, with body parts kept by spectators as souvenirs.
1864: Four miners who struck it rich at Last Chance Gulch, Montana, found a new town on the site, called Crabtown. For P.R. reasons, the name will later be changed to Helena.
1892: The father of the modern fitness industry, Angelo “Charles Atlas” Siciliano, is born at Arci, in southern Italy. Thirty million people have bought his mail-order course.
1947: At Geneva, Switzerland, twenty-three countries sign a new General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
1961: Soviet authorities remove Josef Stalin’s body from Lenin’s tomb for his “violation of Lenin’s precepts.” Yep, that shows him.
1988: Tobacco giant Philip Morris buys Kraft Foods for $13.1 billion.