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On January sixth, 1912, New Mexico became the
In 1412, according to tradition,
Joan of Arc was born in Domremy.
In 1540, England's
King Henry the Eighth married his fourth wife,
Anne of Cleves. (The marriage lasted about six
In 1759, George
Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were
In 1838, Samuel Morse first
publicly demonstrated his telegraph, in
Morristown, New Jersey.
In 1919, the 26th
president of the United States, Theodore
Roosevelt, died in Oyster Bay, New York
at age 60.
In 1942, the Pan
American Airways "Pacific Clipper"
arrived in New York after making the first
round-the-world trip by a commercial airplane.
In 1945, George
Herbert Walker Bush married Barbara Pierce in
Rye, New York.
In 1950, Britain
recognized the Communist government of China.
In 1967, US
Marines and South Vietnamese troops launched
Operation "Deckhouse Five (V)," an
offensive in the Mekong River delta.
In 1993, ballet
dancer Rudolf Nureyev died in Paris at age 54;
jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie died in Englewood,
New Jersey, at age 75.
Ten years ago:
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney told CNN the US
invasion of Panama should not be viewed as
heralding a new "Bush doctrine" under
which the United States would be inclined to
intervene militarily in countries where
democratic elections had been subverted.
Five years ago:
Over the protests of refugee advocates, the US
military began sending Haitians housed at
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba home against
One year ago: The
106th Congress convened with Dennis Hastert
taking over as the new House speaker. Buckingham
Palace announced that Prince Edward, the youngest
son of Queen Elizabeth the Second, would marry
his longtime girlfriend, public relations
executive Sophie Rhys-Jones, later in the year.
"Reason has never
failed men. Only force and oppression have made
the wrecks of the world."
William Allen White, American writer (1868-1944).