On This Day In History, 22 October

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World Events Today

  • Hawley Harvey Crippen, better known as Doctor Crippen, the first person arrested with the aid of wireless telegraphy, was sentenced to death, for the murder of his wife, today in 1910
  • George Blake, the former British spy who worked as a double agent for the Soviet Union, escaped from prison in London today in 1966, he returned to the Soviet Union to live as a free man
  • Chandrayaan-1, the first Indian lunar probe, was launched today in 2008, it would make India the 5th country to land a spacecraft on the Moon

Entertainment Events Today

  • The full BBC Symphony Orchestra gave its first concert today in 1930
  • The first NFL game was televised today in 1939 on the NBC network, it was between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Eagles
  • The rivalry of the French racing driver Alain Prost and the Brazilian Ayrton Senna came to a head today in 1989 at the Japanese Grand Prix, they collided on lap 46 at the final chicane, Prost abandoned his car and Senna was later disqualified

Family Events Today

  • The French football manager Arsène Wenger, manager of Arsenal from 1996 to 2018, was born today in 1949 in Strasbourg
  • Orville Richard Burrell, better known as the Jamaican reggae singer Shaggy, whose hits included Oh Carolina and Angel, was born today in 1968 in Kingston
  • The American tennis star Andre Agassi married the German tennis star Steffi Graf today in 2001

Main Event Today

  • The first parachute jump was made today in 1797, it was by the Frenchman André-Jacques Garnerin from a hydrogen balloon over Paris

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Nut Day

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