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On January 13th, 1794, President
Washington approved a measure adding two stars
and two stripes to the American flag, following
the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the
union. (The number of stripes was later reduced
to 13 again.)
On this date:
In 1864, composer Stephen Foster died in New
In 1893, Britain's
Independent Labor Party (a precursor to the
current Labor Party) held its first meeting.
In 1898, Emile
Zola's famous defense of Captain Alfred Dreyfus,
"J'accuse," was published in Paris.
In 1941, novelist James
Joyce died in Zurich, Switzerland.
In 1962, comedian
Ernie Kovacs died in a car crash in west Los
In 1966, Robert C.
Weaver became the first black Cabinet member as
he was appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban
Development by President Johnson.
In 1978, former
Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey died in
Waverly, Minnesota, at age 66.
In 1982, an Air
Florida 737 crashed into Washington DC's 14th
Street Bridge after takeoff and fell into the
Potomac River, killing 78 people.
In 1992, Japan
apologized for forcing tens of thousands of
Korean women to serve as sex slaves for Japanese
soldiers during World War Two.
In 1993, former
East German leader Erich Honecker was freed from
prison and allowed to leave for Chile.
Ten years ago: L.
Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the nation's
first elected black governor as he took the oath
of office in Richmond.
Five years ago:
Italy named Treasury Minister Lamberto Dini its
new prime minister. Authorities in the
Philippines said they had unearthed a conspiracy
by militant Muslims to assassinate Pope John Paul
the Second during his visit.
One year ago:
President Clinton's legal team dispatched a
formal trial brief to the Senate, arguing that
neither "fact or law" warranted his
removal from office; House officials sent the
Senate all public evidence in the case. Michael
Jordan announced his retirement from the Chicago
"If all mankind
minus one, were of one opinion, and only one
person were of the contrary opinion, mankind
would be no more justified in silencing that one
person, than he, if he had the power, would be
justified in silencing mankind."
John Stuart Mill, English philosopher