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On This Day in History - 22nd October


1811Franz Liszt, Hungarian piano virtuoso and composer
1844Sarah Bernhardt, French actress
1917Joan Fontaine, American Oscar winning actress
1919Doris Lessing, Author noted for African and interests
1934Donald Mcintyre, New Zealand born operatic singer
1938Sir Derek Jacobi, Stage and screen actor
1943Catherine Deneuve, French film actress


1878Floodlit Rugby took place for the first time
1883In New York the Metropolitan Opera House was opened
1906Cezanne, the renowned French painter, died
1910At the Old Bailey in London, Dr Crippen was found guilty of the murder of his wife and sentenced to hang
1960In Louisville Kentucky, Cassius Clay fought his first profesional bout
1962Nelson Mandella went on trial for treason in South Africa
1966George Blake, the Russian spy, escaped from Wormwood Scrubs prison
1986Kingsley Amis won the 'Booker' prize for his novel 'The Old Devils'