Friday, October 29, 2010
1485 – One of the few English monarchs with a head for business, Henry VII of England is crowned at age 28.
1735 – Lawyer, statesman, and future U.S. President John Adams is born at Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts.
1864 – A few months after discovery of gold there, the little Montana hamlet of Last Chance Gulch reorganizes itself and changes its name to "Helena."
1905 – Russian Tsar Nicholas II grants Russia’s first constitution. It will turn out to be too little and too late.
1938 – Mercury Theater of the Air, a CBS radio summer replacement series with dismal ratings, gets huge bump in listenership when it broadcasts a radio version of H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds. The broadcast is so popular that Campbell’s Soup signs up as a regular sponsor.
1947 – Representatives of 23 countries sign the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade—the predecessor to the World Trade Organization—at Geneva.
1961 – Josef Stalin’s body is removed from its place of honor inside Lenin’s tomb and buried elsewhere. Can you Imagine how evil you have to be to be unworthy of sharing a tomb with Lenin?
1968 – Film star Ramon Novarro (top left), who made as much as $100,000 per film during the silent era and prudently invested in Los Angeles real estate, is beaten and killed in his home by two young men who steal $20 from him.