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On October 22nd, 1979, the US government allowed
the deposed Shah of Iran to travel to New York for
medical treatment -- a decision that precipitated
the Iran hostage crisis.
On this date:
In 1746, Princeton University in New Jersey
received its charter.
In 1797, French
balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first
parachute descent, landing safely from a height
of about three-thousand feet.
In 1836, Sam
Houston was inaugurated as the first
constitutionally elected president of the
Republic of Texas.
In 1883, the
original Metropolitan Opera House in New York
held its grand opening with a performance of
Republican presidential nominee Herbert Hoover
spoke of the "American system of rugged
individualism" in a speech at New York's
Madison Square Garden.
In 1954, West
Germany joined the North Atlantic Treaty
In 1962, President
Kennedy announced an air and naval blockade of
Cuba, following the discovery of Soviet missile
bases on the island.
"Apollo Seven" returned safely,
splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean.
In 1973, Spanish
cellist, conductor and composer Pablo Casals died
in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, at age 96.
In 1981, the
Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization
was decertified by the federal government for its
strike the previous August.
Ten years ago:
President Bush vetoed major civil rights
legislation, arguing that the measure would force
employers to adopt hiring quotas. (The veto was
Five years ago:
The largest gathering of world leaders in history
marked the 50th anniversary of the United
Nations. The Atlanta Braves defeated the
Cleveland Indians, 4-to-3, to win the first two
games of the World Series. British writer Sir
Kingsley Amis died in London at age 73.
One year ago: Five
of the seven Republican presidential hopefuls met
in New Hampshire for their first debate of the
2000 nomination race, with front-runner George W.
Bush notably absent. Former Vichy official
Maurice Papon was expelled from Switzerland back
"Happiness is not a
horse; you cannot harness it."