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On January 31st, 1950, President
Truman announced he had ordered development of
the hydrogen bomb.
On this date:
In 1606, Guy Fawkes, convicted for
his part in the "Gunpowder Plot"
against the English Parliament and King James the
First, was executed.
In 1797, composer Franz
Schubert was born in Vienna, Austria.
In 1865, General
Robert E. Lee was named General-in-Chief
of all the Confederate armies.
In 1917, Germany
served notice it was beginning a policy of
unrestricted submarine warfare.
In 1934, President
Roosevelt devalued the dollar in relation to
In 1944, during
World War Two, US forces began invading Kwajalein
Atoll and other parts of the Japanese-held
In 1949, the first
TV daytime soap opera, "These Are My
Children," was broadcast from the NBC
station in Chicago.
In 1958, the
United States entered the Space Age with its
first successful launch of a satellite into
orbit, "Explorer One."
astronauts Alan B. Shepard Junior, Edgar D.
Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa blasted off aboard
Apollo 14 on a mission to the moon.
In 1987, discount
airline pioneer People Express flew its last
flights before merging into Continental Airlines.
Ten years ago: In
his first State of the Union address, President
Bush proposed a significant cut in US and Soviet
combat troops. McDonald's Corporation opened its
first fast-food restaurant in Moscow.
Five years ago:
President Clinton scrapped a $40 billion rescue
plan for Mexico, announcing instead that he would
act unilaterally to provide Mexico with $20
billion from a fund normally used to defend the
US dollar. Legendary Broadway producer-director
George Abbott died in Miami Beach, Florida, at
One year ago: The
Denver Broncos repeated as NFL champions,
defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-to-19 in Super
Bowl 33. Researchers from the University of
Alabama at Birmingham presented what they called
convincing proof that the AIDS virus originated
in chimpanzees and spread to people in Africa.
always hope that science will some day overtake
Booth Tarkington, American author-dramatist