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University of South Dakota School of Law

Monday, October 11, 2010

Today in History -- October 12

A 633 – Saint Edwin, the Saxon king of Northumbria who converted to Christianity and became the most powerful rule in Britain, falls in action against the Welsh at the Battle of Hatfield Chase.

1492 – Genoese explorer Christopher Columbus makes landfall in the Caribbean. Columbus is best known today as the namesake of the law school at Catholic University of America.

1693 – The first round of the witchcraft trials in the Court of Oyer and Terminer at Salem, Massachusetts – presided over by the Royal lieutenant governor and the Crown attorney – come to an end.

1773 – America’s first insane asylum – the Public Hospital for Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds – opens in Williamsburg, Virginia. Two hundred years later Justice Breitel will note, in Oretelere v. Teachers’ Retirement Board, that psychiatry has come a long way since them.

1793 – The cornerstone of Old East, the oldest state university building in the United States, is laid at Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

1823 – Charles Mackintosh sells the first of his newfangled waterproof raincoats.  They become popular.

1870 – The president of Washington College, Robert Edward Lee, dies of a stroke at Lexington, Virginia. The college will honor him by adding his name to that of the school.

2001 – Former British Lord Chancellor Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St. Marylebone, dies at age 94.

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