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On January eleventh, 1935, aviator Amelia
Earhart began a trip from Honolulu to
Oakland, California, that made her the first
woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean.
On this date:
In 1757, the first secretary of the
US Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, was born in the
In 1805, the
Michigan Territory was created.
In 1815, Sir John
A. Macdonald, the first prime minister of Canada,
was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
In 1861, Alabama
seceded from the Union.
In 1913, the first
sedan-type automobile, a Hudson, went on display
at the 13th Automobile Show in New York.
In 1942, Japan
declared war against the Netherlands, the same
day that Japanese forces invaded the Dutch East
In 1943, the
United States and Britain signed treaties
relinquishing extraterritorial rights in China.
In 1964, U-S
Surgeon General Luther Terry issued the first
government report saying smoking may be hazardous
to one's health.
In 1973, owners of
American League baseball teams voted to adopt the
designated-hitter rule on a trial basis.
In 1978, two
Soviet cosmonauts aboard the "Soyuz 27"
capsule linked up with the "Salyut Six"
orbiting space station, where the "Soyuz
26" capsule was already docked.
Ten years ago:
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev visited
Lithuania, where he sought to assure supporters
of independence that they would have a say in
their republic's future.
Five years ago:
President Clinton and Japanese Prime Minister
Tomiichi Murayama held a low-key summit in
Washington, playing down differences over trade.
Fifty-two people were killed when a Colombian
airliner crashed as it was preparing to land near
the Caribbean resort of Cartagena; a
nine-year-old girl survived.
One year ago:
President Clinton and House Republicans clashed
in impeachment trial papers, with the White House
claiming the perjury and obstruction allegations
fell short of high crimes and misdemeanors and
GOP lawmakers rebutting: "If this is not
enough, what is?"
"There are periods
when the principles of experience need to be
modified, when hope and trust and instinct claim
a share with prudence in the guidance of affairs,
when, in truth, to dare is the highest
William Ellery Channing, American clergyman