This day in history

Monday, Oct. 22, is the 296th day of 2012. There are 70 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Black Panthers co-founder Bobby Seale is 76. Actress Annette Funicello is 70. Actress Catherine Deneuve is 69. Olympic gold medal figure skater Brian Boitano is 49. Country singer Shelby Lynne is 44.

In 1746, Princeton University was first chartered as the College of New Jersey.


In 1883, the original Metropolitan Opera House in New York held its grand opening with a performance of Gounod’s ‘‘Faust.’’

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In 1934, bank robber Charles ‘‘Pretty Boy’’ Floyd was shot to death by federal agents at a farm in East Liverpool, Ohio.

In 1962, President Kennedy delivered a nationally broadcast address in which he revealed the presence of Soviet-built missile bases under construction in Cuba and announced a quarantine of all offensive military equipment being shipped to the nation.

In 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.

In 1986, President Reagan signed into law sweeping tax-overhaul legislation.


In 2002, bus driver Conrad Johnson was shot to death in Aspen Hill, Md., in the final attack carried out by the ‘‘Beltway Snipers.’’