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Daily Calendar for Friday, October 23, 2009

Born

  • Francis Hopkinson Smith (author) โ€“
  • John William Heisman (football player) โ€“
  • William David Coolidge (physicist) โ€“
  • Gertrude Ederle (first woman to swim the English Channel) โ€“
  • Johnny Carson (comedian & television host) โ€“
  • Pele (soccer player) โ€“
  • Michael Crichton (author) โ€“
  • Weird Al Yankovic (musician) โ€“
  • Doug Flutie (football player) โ€“
  • Ryan Reynolds (actor) โ€“
  • Masiela Lusha (actress, author) โ€“

Died

  • Zane Grey (author) โ€“
  • Adolph Green (author & lyricist) โ€“
  • Madame Chiang Kai-shek (became one of the world’s most famous women as she helped her husband fight the Japanese during World War II and later the Chinese Communists) โ€“
  • Robert Merrill (baritone) โ€“

Events

  • 25,000 women marched in New York City demanding the right to voteโ€“
  • Charlie Chaplin married Mildred Harrisโ€“
  • Researchers at the University of Toronto announced the development of an electronic cardiac pacemakerโ€“
  • Cumberland mine disasterโ€“
  • Garfield the Cat’s lovable teddy bear, Pooky, made his comic strip debutโ€“

Weather

  • Flood โ€œswept all the fences offโ€ in Newbury, Vermontโ€“
  • Newbury, Vermont, received 12 inches of snow, which stayed until springโ€“
  • 1 foot of snow fell in Haverhill, New Hampshireโ€“
  • A hurricane hit Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniaโ€“
  • A tornado hit Cass County, Indiana, around mid-afternoonโ€“
  • Major flooding occurred in Chickasha, Oklahomaโ€“
  • The Neches River in southeast Texas was 8 feet above flood stage due to heavy rainโ€“
  • Hurricane Patricia, a Category 5, became the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western hemisphere, with maximum sustained winds near 200 mph.โ€“

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