2017-10-18 / Columns

Moments in Time

• On Oct. 16, 1773, the first public statement against the British Parliament’s Tea Act, a document known as the “Philadelphia Resolutions,” urges all Americans to oppose the British tax. Two months later, a group of colonists disguised as Mohawks boarded three British tea ships and dumped 342 chests of tea into the harbor.

• On Oct. 22, 1797, Andre- Jacques Garnerin makes the first parachute jump from a hydrogen balloon 3,200 feet above Paris. As he had failed to include an air vent at the top of the prototype, Garnerin oscillated wildly in his descent, but he landed shaken but unhurt.

• On Oct. 17, 1906, Wilhelm Voigt, a 57-year-old German shoemaker, impersonates an army officer and leads an entire squad of soldiers to help him steal 4,000 marks from the mayor’s office. Voigt humiliated the German army by exploiting their blind obedience to authority. The Kaiser thought the story was funny.

• On Oct. 20, 1944, U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur wades ashore onto the Philippine island of Leyte, fulfilling his vow to return to the area he was forced to flee in 1942 under orders from President Franklin Roosevelt. (c) 2017 King Features Synd.

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