Milestones: On This Date

On This Date: OCTOBER 10th

To improve the then-unsatisfactory methods of instructing midshipmen, George Bancroft—historian, educator, and secretary of the navy—founded the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on this day in 1845.

1985: American motion-picture actor, director, producer, and writer Orson Welles died.

1973: Vice President Spiro T. Agnew resigned from office and pleaded no contest to the charge of failing to report $29,500 in income while governor of Maryland.

1970: Fiji gained independence from Great Britain.

1935: George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess opened on Broadway.

1917: American pianist and composer Thelonious Monk, among the first creators of modern jazz, was born.

1846: English astronomer William Lassell discovered Triton, the largest satellite of the planet Neptune.

Source: Encyclopedia Britannica http://www.britannica.com

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