TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1886: an earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.3 devastated Charleston, South Carolina, killing at least 60 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. In 1888: Mary Ann Nichols, apparently the first victim of “Jack the Ripper,” was found slain in London’s East End. In 1934: the first Chicago Charities College All-Star Game took place at Soldier Field as a team of graduated All-American players from the previous season played the NFL champion Chicago Bears to a scoreless tie. In 1941: the radio program “The Great Gildersleeve,” a spinoff from “Fibber McGee and Molly” starring Harold Peary, debuted on NBC. In 1954: Hurricane Carol hit the northeastern Atlantic states; Connecticut, Rhode Island and part of Massachusetts bore the brunt of the storm, which resulted in some 70 deaths. In 1962: the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago became inde- pendent of British colonial rule. In 1972: at the Munich Summer Olympics, American swimmer Mark Spitz won his fourth and fifth gold medals in the 100-meter butterfly and 800-meter freestyle relay; Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut won gold medals in floor exercise and the balance beam.