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On January 23rd, 1968, North Korea
seized the US Navy ship "Pueblo"
charging its crew with being on a spying mission.
(The crew was released eleven months later.)
On this date:
In 1789, Georgetown University was established in
present-day Washington DC.
In 1845, Congress
decided all national elections would be held on
the first Tuesday after the first Monday in
English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first
woman in America to receive a Doctor
of Medicine degree, from the Medical Institution
of Geneva, New York.
In 1920, the Dutch
government refused demands from the victorious
Allies to hand over the ex-kaiser of Germany.
In 1932, New York
Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt announced
his candidacy for the Democratic presidential
In 1950, the
Israeli Knesset approved a resolution proclaiming
Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
In 1964, the 24th
amendment to the Constitution, eliminating the
poll tax in federal elections, was ratified.
In 1973, President
Nixon announced an accord had been reached to end
the Vietnam War.
In 1985, debate in
Britain's House of Lords was carried on live
television for the first time.
surrealist artist Salvador Dali died in his
native Spain at age 84.
Ten years ago: The
101st Congress convened its second session,
facing an agenda that included clean air
legislation and deficit reduction.
Five years ago:
The Supreme Court ruled that companies accused of
illegally firing employees could not escape
liability by later finding a lawful reason to
justify the dismissal.
One year ago: A
federal judge ordered Monica Lewinsky to submit
to an interview sought by House prosecutors in
President Clinton's impeachment trial. During his
visit to Mexico, Pope John Paul the Second urged
his flock in the Americas to make the region a
"continent of life."
something you experience; it's something you
Oscar Levant, pianist-composer-actor (1906-1972).