Today is Monday, October 24th, the 297th day of 2022. There are 68 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On October 24, 1945, the United Nations was officially established when its charter went into effect.
In 1537, Jane Seymour, the third wife of King Henry VIII of England, died 12 days after the birth of Prince Edward, later King Edward VI.
In 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph message was sent by Chief Justice Stephen J. Field of California from San Francisco to President Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C. over a line built by the Western Union Telegraph Co.
In 1940, the 40-hour work week came into effect as part of the Fair Labor Standards Act 1938.
In 1952, Republican presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower declared in Detroit, “I will go to Korea,” promising to end the conflict. (He made the visit over a month later.)
In 1962, during the missile crisis, a Cuban naval quarantine ordered by President John F. Kennedy came into effect.
In 1972, Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s modern color barrier in 1947, died at the age of 53 in Stamford, Connecticut.
Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry died in Santa Monica, California, in 1991 at the age of 70.
In 1992, the Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-US team to win the World Series when they defeated the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in Game 6.
In 1996, TyRon Lewis, 18, a black driver, was shot dead by police during a traffic stop in St. Petersburg, Florida; The incident sparked riots. (Officer James Knight, who said Lewis hit him several times with his car and knocked him on the hood, was acquitted by a grand jury and the Justice Department.)
In 2002, authorities arrested John Allen Muhammad and teenager Lee Boyd Malvo near Myersville, Maryland, in the Washington-area sniper raids. (Malvo was later sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, but the Maryland Supreme Court agreed to review that sentence in 2022; Muhammad was sentenced to death and executed in 2009.)
Civil rights icon Rosa Parks died in Detroit in 2005 at the age of 92.
In 2020, heavily armored crews in Washington state worked to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the United States.
Ten years ago: Less than two weeks before Election Day, President Barack Obama set out on a 40-hour campaign marathon through battleground states; Republican Mitt Romney searched the Midwest for a breakthrough in a tight race marred by a weak economy. Hurricane Sandy swept through Jamaica and headed for Cuba before targeting the eastern United States. The San Francisco Giants won the first game of the World Series 8-3 against the Detroit Tigers as Pablo Sandoval became the fourth player to hit three home runs in a World Series game.
Five years ago: Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona announced he would not be reelected in 2018; He had criticized the path the GOP had taken under President Donald Trump. Fats Domino, the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer whose hits included “Blueberry Hill” and “Ain’t That a Shame” died in Louisiana at the age of 89. Actor Robert Guillaume, who won Emmy awards for his portrayal of Hot as the bilingual butler on the sitcoms Soap and Benson, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 89. In a game that started in 103-degree heat, the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the World Series with a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros in Los Angeles; Clayton Kershaw was the winning pitcher on his World Series debut.
A year ago: Pope Francis called for an end to the repatriation of migrants rescued from distress at sea to Libya and other unsafe countries. Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” debuted in North America in its opening weekend with ticket sales of $40.1 million, drawing large crowds to see the thunderous sci-fi epic on the big screen, though it’s also at home available to stream. British pop star Ed Sheeran said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and would be giving interviews and appearances from his home while self-isolating. Tom Brady became the first player to throw 600 touchdown passes in his career and then tackled two more in Tampa Bay’s 38-3 win over the Chicago Bears.
Birthdays today: Rock musician Bill Wyman is 86. Actor F. Murray Abraham is 83. Film director and screenwriter David S. Ward is 77. Actor Kevin Kline is 75. Congressman and former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume (kwah-EE’-see oom – FOO’-May) is 74. Actor Doug Davidson is 68. Actor BD Wong is 62. Actor Zahn McClarnon is 56. Singer Michael Trent (Americana duo Shovels & Rope) is 45. Rock musician Ben Gillies (Silverchair) is 43. The Singer and actress Monica Arnold is 42. Actor and comedian Casey Wilson is 42. R&B singer, actress and TV personality Adrienne Bailon Houghton is 39. Actor Tim Pocock is 37. R&B singer, rapper and actor Drake is 36. Actress Shenae Grimes is 33. Actress Eliza Taylor is 33. Actor Ashton Sanders (movie: “Moonlight”) is 27. Olympic champion Kyla Ross is 26. Actor Hudson Yang is 19.