Wednesday, October 5, 2005
1658: Maria d’Este, future queen consort of King James II, is born at Modena, Italy. Her delivery of a healthy son (and thus a Catholic heir) triggers the Whig coup that will oust James from the throne.
1665: The Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (often known simply as the University of Kiel) is founded.
1829: New York City lawyer Chester Alan Arthur is born at Fairfield, Vermont. As President, one of his biggest objectives will be to cut tariffs to reduce the embarrassing surpluses the Government keeps running.
1902: Ray Arthur Kroc, the former traveling salesman who did more than anyone to create American fast food culture, is born at Oak Park, Illinois.
1921: The first baseball World Series game is broadcast on radio. The New York Yankees beat the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds, 3-0. The Giants will win the Series, though.
1936: Two hundred miners and other unemployed workers set out on a march from Jarrow to London to petition Parliament for relief. They won't get it.
1941: Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis (Harvard Law 1877) dies at Washington, D.C.
1953: California Governor and failed Vice Presidential candidate Earl Warren (UC-Berkeley Law 1914) is sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States.
1962: The Beatles release “Love Me Do” in Britain. It will be the band’s first hit.
1969: The BBC decides to offer something completely different, and comes up with the debut of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.