Today in history – October 22, 2019

1797 – The first silk parachute jump from a high altitude was made by Andre-Jacques Garnerin, who dropped in a basket released from a balloon at 3,300 feet over a Paris park.

1836 – Gen. Sam Houston was sworn in as the first president of the Republic of Texas.

1962 – President John Kennedy announced that Soviet missiles had been deployed in Cuba and ordered a blockade of the island.

1966 – The Supremes became the first all-female group to score a No. 1 album, with “Supremes a Go-Go.”

1978 – Pope John Paul II was installed as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.