Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah
image Original edition of Raymond Chandler's classic novel "The Long Goodbye."

October 20, 2014
Week of October 20, 2014

• On Oct. 26, 1776, a month after being named a diplomatic agent, Benjamin Franklin sets sail from Philadelphia for France, where he was to negotiate and secure a formal alliance and treaty. While Franklin’s personal achievements were celebrated and feted in Paris, his treaty success was slow. The treaty wasn’t signed until 1778.

• On Oct. 25, 1881, Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, is born in Spain. Picasso’s body of work comprises more than 50,000 paintings, drawings, engravings, sculptures and ceramics produced over 80 years until his death in 1973 at age 91.

• On Oct. 22, 1934, Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd is shot and killed by FBI agents in a cornfield in East Liverpool, Ohio. Floyd, who had been a hotly pursued fugitive for four years, used his last breath to proclaim his innocence.

• On Oct. 20, 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee of the U.S. Congress opens its investigation into communist infiltration of the American movie industry. Many Hollywood actors saw their careers destroyed over false allegations or when they protested having their political loyalties questioned.

• On Oct. 24, 1958, mystery writer Raymond Chandler starts working on his last novel, “The Poodle Springs Story,” but he would die before completing it. Chandler published only seven novels, among them his first novel, “The Big Sleep,” in 1939 and “The Long Goodbye” in 1953.

• On Oct. 21, 1967, some 100,000 anti-war demonstrators march on the Pentagon, headquarters of the U.S. military. Violence erupted when the protesters clashed with soldiers and U.S. marshals protecting the building. By the time order was restored, 683 people had been arrested.

• On Oct. 23, 1983, a suicide bomber drives a truck filled with 2,000 pounds of explosives into a U.S. Marine Corps barracks at the Beirut International Airport. The explosion killed 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers. Four months after the bombing, American forces left Lebanon without retaliating.

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