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