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On January 24th, 1908, the first
Boy Scout troop was organized in England by
On this date:
In 1848, James W. Marshall discovered a gold
nugget at Sutter's Mill in northern California, a
discovery that led to the gold rush of '49.
In 1924, the
Russian city of St. Petersburg was renamed
Leningrad in honor of the late revolutionary
leader (however, it has since been re-named St.
In 1942, a special
court of inquiry into America's lack of
preparedness for the Japanese attack on Pearl
Harbor placed much of the blame on Rear Admiral
Husband E. Kimmel and Lieutenant General Walter
C. Short, the Navy and Army commanders.
In 1943, President
Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill
concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca,
In 1965, Winston
Churchill died in London at age 90.
In 1972, the
Supreme Court struck down laws that denied
welfare benefits to people who had resided in a
state for less than a year.
In 1978, a
nuclear-powered Soviet satellite plunged through
Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated, scattering
radioactive debris over parts of northern Canada.
In 1989, confessed
serial killer Theodore Bundy was put to death in
Florida's electric chair.
In 1993, retired
Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall died in
Bethesda, Maryland, at age 84.
Ten years ago: The
House of Representatives voted, 390-to-25, to
override President Bush's veto of legislation
protecting Chinese students from deportation
(however, Bush prevailed in a Senate vote the
Five years ago:
President Clinton appealed for common ground as
he delivered his second State of the Union
address, this time before a Republican-led
Congress. The prosecution gave its opening
statement at the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
One year ago:
House prosecutors interviewed Monica Lewinsky, a
move that triggered fresh partisan convulsions in
President Clinton's impeachment trial. Olympic
leaders recommended the expulsions of six
International Olympic Committee members in an
unprecedented response to the biggest corruption
scandal in the history of the games.
"Truth has no
special time of its own. Its hour is now --
Albert Schweitzer, German-born
missionary and Nobel laureate (1875-1965).