Today in history: October 22

/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Sunday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2006. There are 70 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 22, 1962, President Kennedy announced an air and naval blockade of Cuba, following the discovery of Soviet missile bases on the island.

On this date:

In 1746, Princeton University in New Jersey received its charter.

In 1797, French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet over Paris.

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 1928, Republican presidential nominee Herbert Hoover spoke of the “American system of rugged individualism” in a speech at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

In 1934, bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd was shot to death by federal agents at a farm in East Liverpool, Ohio.

In 1968, Apollo 7 returned safely, 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 1981, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was decertified by the federal government for its strike the previous August.

In 1986, President Reagan signed into law sweeping tax-overhaul legislation.

Ten years ago: General Motors settled a three-week strike with its workers in Canada, resolving a walkout that had idled more than 46,000 workers across North America. Thirty-four people were killed when a flaming Boeing 707 jet sliced through dozens of homes minutes after takeoff from Ecuador’s Manta airport. The New York Yankees won their first game of the World Series, defeating the Atlanta Braves 5-2 in Game 3.

Five years ago: A second Washington postal worker, Joseph P. Curseen, died of inhalation anthrax. On Capitol Hill, the House and Senate reopened while their office buildings remained closed. Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams urged the Irish Republican Army to begin disarming to save Northern Ireland’s peace process. The New York Yankees routed Seattle 12-3 in Game 5 to win the American League pennant for the 38th time.

One year ago: Hurricane Wilma punished Mexico’s Caribbean coastline for a second day. Meanwhile, a record 22nd tropical storm of the season formed about 125 miles off the Dominican Republic; because the annual list of storm names had already been exhausted, forecasters called the new system Tropical Storm Alpha. A Nigerian Boeing 737 passenger jet crashed after leaving Lagos, killing all 117 on board. The Chicago White Sox defeated the Houston Astros 5-3 in Game 1 of the World Series.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Joan Fontaine is 89. Actor Christopher Lloyd is 68. Actor Derek Jacobi is 68. Actor Tony Roberts is 67. Actress Annette Funicello is 64. Movie director Jan de Bont is 63. Actress Catherine Deneuve is 63. Rock musician Leslie West (Mountain) is 61. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is 59. Actor Jeff Goldblum is 54. Actor Luis Guzman is 49. Actor-writer-producer Todd Graff is 47. Rock musician Cris Kirkwood is 46. Singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding is 41. Actress Valeria Golino is 40. Comedian Carlos Mencia is 39. Country singer Shelby Lynne is 38. Reggae rapper Shaggy is 38. Rapper Tracey Lee is 36. Actor Michael Fishman is 25. Talk show host Michael Essany is 24. Rock musician Zac Hanson (Hanson) is 21. Actor Jonathan Lipnicki is

16. Actress Sofia Vassilieva is 14.

Thought for Today: “You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.” — James Thurber, American humorist (1894-1961).