Calendar for October 22nd, 2012

First recorded solar eclipse, China, 2136 B.C.

Died 1565: Jean Grolier (bibliophile)

1746: The College of New Jersey, now Princeton University, was granted its charter by the royal governor of NJ

1797: Andre Jacques Garnerin, French aeronaut and inventor of the parachute, made first parachute jump from a balloon, at height of 2,000 feet

Born 1844: Sarah Bernhardt (actress)

Born 1882: N. C. Wyeth (illustrator)

1883: First national horse show opened in New York City

1883: New York's Metropolitan Opera House opens with a performance of Charles Gounod's Faust

Born 1887: John Reed (journalist)

Born 1903: George Wells Beadle (geneticist)

Died 1906: Paul Cezanne (painter)

Born 1917: Joan Fontaine (actress)

Born 1919: Doris Lessing (author)

Born 1920: Timothy Leary (educator)

Born 1933: Donald H. Peterson (astronaut)

Died 1934: Pretty Boy Floyd (gangster)

1938: Chester Carlson produced the first xerographic copy

Born 1938: Christopher Lloyd (actor)

Born 1939: Tony Roberts (actor)

Born 1942: Annette Funicello (actress)

Born 1943: Catherine Deneuve (actress)

Born 1952: Jeff Goldblum (actor)

1958: Margaret Meagher became Canada's first female ambassador (to Israel)

Born 1963: Brian Boitano (figure skater)

1964: Jean-Paul Sartre, French writer and philosopher, rejected the Nobel Prize for literature

Died 1973: Pablo Casals (cellist)

Died 1979: Nadia Boulanger (pianist)

Born 1990: Jonathan Lipnicki (actor)

1997: The Kwanzaa U.S. postage stamp was first issued; Synthia Saint James did the artwork.

Died 2002: Richard Helms (headed the CIA for 6 years before President Nixon fired him for refusing to block an FBI probe into the Watergate scandal)

Died 2009: Soupy Sales (American comedian, actor, radio-TV personality and host, and jazz aficionado)