Actress Joan Fontaine is 95.
Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing is 93.
Black Panthers co-founder Bobby Seale is 76.
Actor Christopher Lloyd is 74.
Actor Derek Jacobi is 74.
Actor Tony Roberts is 73.
Actress Annette Funicello is 70.
Actress Catherine Deneuve is 69.
Actor Jeff Goldblum is 60.
Comedian Carlos Mencia is 45.
Country singer Shelby Lynne is 44.
Movie director Spike Jonze is 43.
Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson is 37.
Actor Michael Fishman is 31.
Talk show host Michael Essany is 30.
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1746 Princeton University was first chartered as the College of New Jersey.
1797 French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet over Paris.
1928 Republican presidential nominee Herbert Hoover spoke of the "American system of rugged individualism" in a speech at New York's Madison Square Garden.
1934 Bank robber Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd was shot to death by federal agents at a farm in East Liverpool, Ohio.
1962 President John F. Kennedy delivered a nationally broadcast address in which he publicly 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.
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.
1981 The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization was decertified by the federal government for its strike the previous August.
In The Star
Oct. 22, 1937, in The Star: Judge A. P. Agee, age 85, jurist, lawyer and civic leader of Anniston for many years, died at a Birmingham hospital this morning of illness that followed a stroke of paralysis in October last year. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at Grace Episcopal Church, followed by burial in Edgemont Cemetery. Judge Agee graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served two years in that branch of service before entering University of Alabama law school. He settled in Anniston in 1901. Also this date: “The Rev. J. S. Brookens of Mobile, secretary of the American Loyalty League in Alabama, asserted in a speech last night at Gaines Chapel, local colored church, that he had learned from reliable sources that ‘Communism has reared its head among the colored people in Anniston.’ Brookens denounced the efforts of Communists to ‘destroy good feeling between white people and Negroes.’” However, the anti-agitation agitation of Rev. Brookens, who is black, has not gone unnoticed. Denouncing recent activities of the League in Anniston and Rev. Brookens’ speech in particular, a black welfare worker, Julius Williams, declared there’s no Communism among Anniston’s blacks and “no need for strangers coming to town making an uproar about nothing.”
Oct. 22, 1987, in The Star: With two weeks left in its annual fund-raising campaign, the Calhoun County United Way has reached 60.2 percent of its 1988 goal with $608,055 in pledges, chairman Jim Nims said this morning. The formal announcement of the campaign status was expected to be made at United Way's noon report meeting at the Carriage House Inn. United Way contributions are donated through the agency to the programs and services operated within its 28 member agencies. For the first time, the list of agencies includes the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the Central Food Bank. These three comprise $100,000 of the total $1.01 million goal. Also this date: The unusual thing about Mrs. “Bo” Meadows' special education class — TMR, or for “trainable mentally retarded” students, as it’s officially known — is its curriculum. When the youngsters at Wellborn High School troop back from lunch, they go without direction to brush their teeth. Then they go out the front door of the classroom and begin working around the greenhouse and garden outside. Some have wheelbarrows, some rakes, some other tools. They are going about the daily tasks associated with maintaining a small but thriving nursery business and garden. Mrs. Meadows has energized the program with her resourcefulness for the past five years.