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On January fourth, 1965, President
Johnson outlined the goals of his
"Great Society" in his State of the
On this date:
In 1809, Louis Braille, inventor of a reading
system for the blind, was born in Coupvray,
In 1821, the first
native-born American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton,
died in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
In 1885, Dr.
William W. Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performed
what's believed to have been the first
appendectomy on 22-year-old Mary Gartside.
In 1896, Utah was
admitted as the 45th state.
In 1948, Britain
granted independence to Burma.
In 1951, during
the Korean conflict, North Korean and Communist
Chinese forces captured the city of Seoul.
In 1960, French
author Albert Camus died in an automobile
accident at age 46.
In 1965, poet T.S.
Eliot died in London at age 76.
In 1974, President
Nixon refused to hand over tape recordings and
documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate
In 1987, sixteen
people were killed when an Amtrak train bound
from Washington to Boston collided with Conrail
engines approaching from a side track in Chase,
Ten years ago:
Charles Stuart, who'd claimed to have been
wounded and his pregnant wife shot dead by a
robber, leapt to his death off a Boston Harbor
bridge after he himself became a suspect. Deposed
Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega was arraigned in
federal district court in Miami on
Five years ago:
The 104th Congress convened, the first entirely
under Republican control since the Eisenhower
era; Newt Gingrich was elected Speaker of the US
House of Representatives.
One year ago:
Europe's new currency, the euro, got off to a
strong start on its first trading day, rising
against the dollar on world currency markets.
Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura took
the oath of office as Minnesota's 37th governor.
"Our civilization is
still in a middle stage, no longer wholly guided
by instinct, not yet wholly guided by
Theodore Dreiser, American author (1871-1945).