Tuesday, October 26, 2010
312 – Constantine I sees in the sky a vision of the Cross with the words, In hoc signo vinces. The next day he will defeat his rival Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge over the Tiber River and become undisputed emperor of Rome..
1275 – A small fishing village near a dam on the Amstel River in Holland receives a charter from Count Floris V. During the Golden Age of the Netherlands, the city of "Amsterdam" will become the commercial capital of Europe
1795 – The United States and Spain sign the Treaty of Madrid, which defines the borders between the young nation and the Spanish colonies in America. The treaty doesn’t last long.
1810 – United States annexes Spanish West Florida, which it claims is part of the Louisiana Purchase. It will later snap up the rest of Florida in 1819, in exchange for $5 million and renunciation of American claims to Texas.
1811 – Isaac Merritt Singer is born at Pittstown. New York. After he fails at his first career choice, acting, he’ll make a fortune from inventing the first practical sewing machine at age 39.
1966 – Matthew Nathan Drudge is born at Takoma Park, Maryland. He’ll later create a news web site that makes more profit than the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe, combined.
1975 – Rex Todhunter Stout, creator of fictional detectives Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, dies at age 88.
2004 – A bad day for curses: the Boston Red Sox win the World Series after an 86-year drought. The Series MVP is Manny Rodriguez, who will lead the club to another title in 2007 but then will be traded as a “cancer” on the team.