14 October 2012

Timeline October 14 & 15

October 14
1066  Normans under William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings.
1322  Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeated King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland's independence.
1633  James II, King of England 1685-8, was born.
1644  William Penn, English Quaker and advocate for religious liberty, founded American colony of Pennsylvania, was born.
1884  The American inventor, George Eastman, received a U.S. Government patent on his new paper-strip photographic film.
1947  Air Force test pilot Charles E Yeager became the first person to break the sound barrier when he flew the experimental Bell X-1 rocket plane over Edwards Air Force Base in California.
1964  Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leader, was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
1977  Bing Crosby, singer, died at age 73.
1990  Leonard Bernstein, compose-conductor, died at age 72.
2012  Felix Baumgartner jumps from the stratosphere to try to break the record of the highest free fall jump, at an altitude of 39,068 meters

October 15
1701  Marie-Marguerite d'Youville, first native Canadian canonized, was born.
1815  Napoleon I of France began his exile on Saint Helena in the Atlantic Ocean.
1878  The Edison Electric Light Company began operation.
1951  The situation comedy "I Love Lucy" premiered on CBS.
1956  Fortran, the first modern computer language, was shared with the coding community for the first time.
1987  The Great Storm of 1987 hit France and England.

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