News, Events, Birthdays, History - October 22 - October 29


Birthdays

Johnny Carson - October 23, 1925
Television talk show host, born in Corning, IA. He worked for various radio and television shows, including "Who Do You Trust?" He first appeared on "The Tonight Show" in 1958, and was named the permanent host in 1962 with the resignation of Jack Paar. He remained on the air for more than 30 years, and along with sidekick Ed McMahon and bandleader Doc Severinsen, basically invented the TV talk-show format as we know it today. When he retired from television in 1992, he was regarded as a national institution. Carson died at Los Angeles, CA, Jan 23, 2005.

Pablo Picasso - October 25, 1881
Called by many the greatest artist of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso excelled as a painter, sculptor andengraver. He is said to have commented once: "I am only a public entertainer who has understood his time." Born at Málaga, Spain, he died Apr 8, 1973, at Mougins, France..

Theodore Roosevelt - October 27, 1858
Twenty-sixth president of the US, succeeded to the presidency on the death of William McKinley. His term of office: Sept 14, 1901-Mar 3, 1909. Roosevelt was the first president to ride in an automobile (1902), to submerge in a submarine (1905) and to fly in an airplane (1910). Although his best-remembered quote was perhaps "Speak softly and carry a big stick," he also said: "The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight." Born at New York, NY, Roosevelt died at Oyster Bay, NY, Jan 6, 1919. His last words: "Put out the light."
 
Events

Apple iPod Unveiled - October 23, 2001
The Apple company unveiled its portable MP3 music player to the press on this date. The iPod officially wenton sale on Nov 10, 2001, for $399. Critics at the time  complained about the cost, but the iPod became incredibly popular.  On Apr 9, 2007, Apple announced that it had sold its 100 millionth iPod.

Erie Canal Anniversary - October 26, 1825
The Erie Canal, first US major man-made waterway, was opened, providing a water route from Lake Erie to the Hudson River. Construction started July 4, 1817, and the canal cost $7,602,000. Cannons fired and celebrations were held all along the route for the opening.

Statue of Liberty Dedication - October 28, 1886
Frederic Auguste Bartholdi's famous sculpture, the statue oLfi berty Enlightening the World, on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor, was dedicated. Ground breaking for the structure was in April 1883. A sonnet by Emma Lazarus, inside the pedestal of the statue, contains the words: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door."