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On February tenth, 1967, the 25th Amendment to
the Constitution, dealing with presidential
disability and succession, went into effect.
On this date:
In 1763, France ceded
Canada to England under the Treaty of Paris,
which ended the French and Indian War.
In 1840, Britain's
Queen Victoria married Prince
Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
In 1846, members
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day
Saints, the Mormons, began an exodus to the west
In 1933, the first
singing telegram was introduced by the Postal
Telegram Company in New York.
In 1942, the
former French liner "Normandie"
capsized in New York Harbor a day after it caught
fire while being refitted for the U-S Navy.
In 1949, Arthur
Miller's play "Death of a Salesman"
opened at Broadway's Morosco Theater.
In 1962, the
Soviet Union exchanged captured American U-Two
pilot Francis Gary Powers for Rudolph Ivanovich
Abel, a Soviet spy held by the United States.
In 1981, eight
people were killed, 198 injured, when fire broke
out at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino.
In 1989, Ron Brown
was elected chairman of the Democratic National
Committee, becoming the first black to head a
major US political party.
In 1998, Dr. David
Satcher was confirmed by the Senate to be surgeon
Ten years ago:
South African President F.W. de Klerk announced
that black activist Nelson Mandela would be
released the next day after 27 years in
Five years ago:
The House passed a GOP crime bill boosting
funding for state prisons but requiring states to
get tougher on violent criminals before they
could receive any money.
One year ago:
Resigned to losing their case, House prosecutors
said public opinion polls had made a stronger
impression on senators than any evidence that
President Clinton committed high crimes and
misdemeanors. A federal judge ordered American
Airlines pilots to end a sickout that had
grounded 2500 flights, stranded 200,000 travelers
and left businesses scrambling for cargo
"Culture is on the
horns of this dilemma: if profound and noble it
must remain rare, if common it must become
George Santayana, Spanish-born philosopher