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Almanac

By The Associated Press

Today in History

Today is Friday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2021. There are 70 days left in the year.

Todayís Highlight in History:

On Oct. 22, 2014, a gunman shot and killed a soldier standing guard at a war memorial in Ottawa, then stormed the Canadian Parliament before he was shot and killed by the usually ceremonial sergeant-at-arms.

On this date:

In 1811, composer and piano virtuoso Franz Liszt was born in the Hungarian town of Raiding (RYí-ding) in present-day Austria.

In 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected president of the Republic of Texas.

In 1906, French post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne died in Aix-en-Provence at age 67.

In 1926, Ernest Hemingwayís first novel, ìThe Sun Also Rises,î was published by Scribnerís of New York.

In 1934, bank robber Charles ìPretty Boyî Floyd was shot to death by federal agents and local police at a farm near East Liverpool, Ohio.

In 1962, in a nationally broadcast address, President John F. Kennedy 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 Communist island nation.

In 1968, Apollo 7 returned safely from Earth orbit, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean.

In 1979, the U.S. 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 1995, the largest gathering of world leaders in history marked the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.

In 2001, a second Washington, D.C., postal worker, Joseph P. Curseen, died of inhalation anthrax.

In 2015, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton battled Republican questions in a marathon hearing that revealed little new information about the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

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