Sunday, October 9, 2005
1000: Leif Ericson’s ships reach Vinland, making them the first known Europeans to set foot on North America. A Greenland merchant, Bjarni Herjólfsson, had reported seeing land there fifteen years earlier, but hadn’t landed.
1201: Future teacher and theologian Robert de Sorbon is born in the Ardennes region of France. In 1257, under the patronage of St. Louis IX, he will found the college that will come to be known as the Sorbonne.
1635: Troublemaker Roger Williams, a former protégé of Sir Edward Coke, is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1701: The General Court of the Colony of Connecticut passes an act authorizing creation of a Collegiate School. When an East India merchant named Elihu Yale gives the new school £560, 417 books, and a portrait of King George I, the school is renamed in his honor.
1873: Charles Rudolph Walgreen is born near Galesburg, Illinois. After he’s injured working in a shoe factory, he’ll have to take lighter work, and so will become a druggist’s apprentice, eventually buying his own store at age 29.
1986: Harry Claiborne, the first federal judge to be convicted of crime (tax evasion) while in office, is convicted on impeachment charges by the U.S. Senate and removed from office.
1992: A 27-pound meteorite plunges to earth and smashes the trunk of a red 1980 Chevy Malibu owned by Michelle Knapp of Peekskill, New York.
2002: The air is out of the bubble as the Dow Jones Industrial Average hits its lowest point in five years and the NASDAQ Index reaches a six-year low.