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1721Tsar Peter the Great becomes "All-Russian Imperator"

1879Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb

1906Henry Ford becomes President of Ford Motor Company

1926J. Gordon Whitehead sucker punches magician Harry Houdini in the stomach in Montreal.

1928Herbert Hoover speaks of "American system of rugged individualism"

1962JFK addresses TV about Russian missile bases in Cuba

1962JFK imposes naval blockade on Cuba, beginning missile crisis

1964French philosopher/author Jean-Paul Sartre refuses Nobel prize

1966Ice hockey legend Bobby Orr scores his first career goal (vs Montreal Canadiens)

1972Betsy Rawls wins LPGA GAC Golf Classic

1976Rick Barry (SF), begins then longest NBA free throw streak of 60

1978Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Houston Exchange Golf Classic Clubs

1978Pope John Paul II is inaugurated as Pope

1984Paul McCartney releases "Give My Regards to Broad Street" soundtrack

1986"Into the Light" opens at Neil Simon Theater NYC for 6 performances

1988Elton John sells out Madison Square Garden for a record 26th time

1997Larry Flynt sells Hustler in a non-zoned area of Cincinnati

1999NHL goaltender Grant Fuhr wins his 400th career game (vs Florida Panthers)

On This Day In History
Date Event
Oct 22, 362
The temple of Apollo at Daphne, outside of Antioch, is destroyed in a mysterious fire. 
Oct 22, 794
Emperor Kanmu relocates Japanese capital to Heiankyo (now Kyoto). 
Oct 22, 1335
Ex-emperor Hanazono (95th Emperor of Japan) became a Zen priest 
Oct 22, 1383
The 1383-1385 Crisis in Portugal: A period of civil war and disorder began when King Fernando died without a male heir to the Portuguese throne. 
Oct 22, 1575
Foundation of Aguascalientes (one of 32 Federal Entities of Mexico) 
Oct 22, 1633
Ming dynasty fight with Dutch East India Company that Battle of southern Fujian sea (1633), Ming dynasty won great victory. 
Oct 22, 1708
Great Alliance occupies Rijsel 
Oct 22, 1721
Tsar Peter the Great becomes "All-Russian Imperator" 
Oct 22, 1746
Princeton University (NJ) received its charter 
Oct 22, 1797
Andre-Jacques Garnerin makes 1st parachute descent from a balloon (Paris) 
Oct 22, 1799
Russia leaves second anti-French Coalition 
Oct 22, 1812
Duke of Wellington seizes Burgos, Spain 
Oct 22, 1819
1st ship sails by Erie-channel (Rome-Utica) 
Oct 22, 1836
Sam Houston inaugurated as 1st elected pres of Republic of Texas 
Oct 22, 1844
Millerite Adventists wait for appearance of Jesus 
Oct 22, 1861
1st telegraph line linking West & East coasts completed 
Oct 22, 1862
Battle at Old Fort Wayne, Indian Territory 
Oct 22, 1862
Confederate troops reconquer Cumperland Gap, Tennessee 
Oct 22, 1866
Paraguay: Battle of Curupaytí against Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. 
Oct 22, 1867
Foundation of the National University of Colombia. 
Oct 22, 1868
Jacques Offenbach's opera "Genevieve de Brabant" premieres in NYC 
Oct 22, 1875
Sons of American Revolution organizes 
Oct 22, 1875
First telegraphic connection in Argentina. 
Oct 22, 1877
The Blantyre mining disaster in Scotland kills 207 miners. Those widows and orphans who were unable to support themselves were evicted by the mine owners and likely sent to the Poor House. 
Oct 22, 1878
The first rugby match under floodlights takes place in Salford, between Broughton and Swinton. 
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