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One hundred years ago, on January second, 1900,
Secretary of State John Hay announced the
"Open Door Policy" to facilitate trade
In 1492, the leader of the last Arab stronghold
in Spain surrendered to Spanish forces loyal to
King Ferdinand the Second and Queen Isabella the
In 1788, Georgia
became the fourth state to ratify the US
In 1921, religious
services were broadcast on radio for the first
time as KDKA in Pittsburgh aired the regular
Sunday service of the city's Calvary Episcopal
In 1929, the United States
and Canada reached agreement on joint action to
preserve Niagara Falls.
In 1935, Bruno
Hauptmann went on trial in Flemington,
New Jersey, on charges of kidnapping and
murdering the infant son of Charles and Anne
Lindbergh. (Hauptmann was found guilty, and
In 1942, the
Philippine capital of Manila was captured by
Japanese forces during World War Two.
In 1960, Senator
John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts announced his
candidacy for the Democratic presidential
In 1965, the New
York Jets signed University of Alabama
quarterback Joe Namath for a reported $400,000.
In 1974, President
Nixon signed legislation requiring states to
limit highway speeds to 55 miles-an-hour.
(Federal speed limits were abolished in 1995).
In 1983, the
musical play "Annie," based on the
"Little Orphan Annie" comic strip,
closed on Broadway after a run of 2,377
Ten years ago: On
Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
reached a record high, ending the day above 2800
for the first time, at 2800.15.
Five years ago:
Chechen defenders drove Russian troops out of the
capital of Grozny. Marion Barry was inaugurated
as mayor of Washington DC, four years after
leaving the office in disgrace to serve a
six-month sentence for misdemeanor drug
One year ago: A
UN-chartered cargo plane carrying nine people was
downed in Angola's central highland war zone;
there were no survivors.
"It is the tragedy
of the world that no one knows what he doesn't
know -- and the less a man knows, the more sure
he is that he knows everything."
Joyce Cary, British author (1888-1957).