October 11, 2010
Today in History -- October 12
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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