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On February seventh, 1943, the government
announced that shoe rationing would go into
effect in two days, limiting consumers to buying
three pairs per person for the remainder of the
On this date:
In 1812, author Charles Dickens
was born in Portsmouth, England.
In 1904, a fire
began in Baltimore that raged for about 30 hours
and destroyed more than 1500 buildings.
In 1936, President
Roosevelt authorized a flag for the office of the
In 1944, during
World War Two, the Germans launched a
counteroffensive at Anzio, Italy.
In 1944, Bing
Crosby and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra
recorded "Swinging on a Star" for Decca
Records in Los Angeles.
In 1948, General
Dwight D. Eisenhower resigned as Army chief of
staff; he was succeeded by General Omar Bradley.
In 1964, The
Beatles began their first American tour as they
arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy
In 1974, the
island nation of Grenada won independence from
In 1984, space
shuttle astronauts Bruce McCandless the Second
and Robert L. Stewart went on the first
untethered space walk.
In 1986, Haitian
President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier fled his
country, ending 28 years of his family's rule.
Ten years ago: The
Soviet Union's Communist Party agreed to let
alternative political parties compete for control
of the country, thereby giving up its monopoly on
power. An 811-foot tanker, the "American
Trader," spilled hundreds of thousands of
gallons of Alaskan crude oil off the coast of
Huntington Beach, California.
Five years ago:
Ramzi Yousef, the alleged mastermind of the World
Trade Center bombing, was arrested in Islamabad,
Pakistan, after two years as a fugitive.
One year ago:
Jordan's King Hussein died of cancer at age 63;
he was succeeded by his eldest son, Abdullah.
NASA launched the "Stardust" spacecraft
on a mission to chase a comet in hopes of
collecting a sample of comet dust.
"There are only two
classes of mankind in the world -- doctors and
Rudyard Kipling, English author and poet