Wednesday, October 20, 2010
1879 – Ecoterrorist Thomas Edison uses a filament of carbonized thread to create one of the most environmentally destructive products in human history, the incandescent light bulb.
1921 – Famous Players-Lasky Corp. -- owned by Jesse Lasky, Adolph Zukor, Sam Goldwyn, Cecil B. DeMille, and Al Kaufman -- releases The Sheik, which makes a star of Rudolf Valentino, who got $500 a week for his work. The film was shot in Astoria, Queens, with the desert exteriors filmed on Long Island.
1945 – Argentine military officer and politician Juan Perón marries 26-year-old actress Eva Duarte. The marriage won’t do much for Argentina, but it will make a lot of money for composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
1959 – In New York City, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opens to the public. It is the first art museum designed to show off the museum instead of the art.
1973 – Kidnappers cut off the ear of Jean Paul Getty III and mail it to his father. The kid’s grandfather, oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, will loan the boy's father $2.9 million to pay the ransom, and will only charge 4 percent interest.
1983 – The metre is defined at the seventeenth General Conference on Weights and Measures as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second. You didn’t know that, did you?