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On January eighth, 1935,
rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley was
born in Tupelo, Mississippi.
On this date:
In 1642, astronomer Galileo Galilei died in
In 1815, US forces
led by General Andrew Jackson defeated the
British in the Battle of New Orleans -- the
closing engagement of the War of 1812.
In 1894, fire
caused serious damage at the World's Columbian
Exposition in Chicago.
In 1918, President
Wilson outlined his 14 points for peace after
World War One.
Mississippi became the first state to ratify a
proposed amendment to the US Constitution
prohibiting the sale, manufacture or
transportation of liquor.
In 1964, President
Johnson declared a "War on Poverty."
In 1973, secret
peace talks between the United States and North
Vietnam resumed near Paris.
In 1976, Chinese
premier Chou En-lai died in Beijing at age 78.
In 1982, American
Telephone and Telegraph settled the Justice
Department's antitrust lawsuit against it by
agreeing to divest itself of the 22 Bell System
In 1987, for the
first time, the Dow Jones industrial average
closed above 2000, ending the day at 2002.25.
Ten years ago:
Military tribunals in Romania began trying the
first captured members of the country's dreaded
security forces, who stood accused of resisting
the revolution that toppled Nicolae Ceausescu.
Five years ago:
Russian forces in Chechnya pounded the capital of
Grozny with rocket and mortar fire in an attempt
to scatter Chechen fighters defending the
One year ago: By a
unanimous vote, senators formally ratified the
rules for President Clinton's impeachment trial.
The top two executives of Salt Lake City's
Olympic organizing committee resigned amid
disclosures that civic boosters had given cash to
members of the International Olympic Committee.
"Curses are like
processions. They return to the place from which
Giovanni Ruffini, Italian writer (1807-1881).