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On February 14th, 1920, the League
of Women Voters was founded in Chicago; its first
president was Maude Wood Park.
On this date:
In 1778, the American ship
"Ranger" carried the recently adopted
Star and Stripes to a foreign port for the first
time as it arrived in France.
In 1859, Oregon was
admitted to the Union as the 33rd state.
In 1895, Oscar
Wilde's final play, "The Importance
of Being Earnest," opened at the St. James's
Theatre in London.
In 1899, Congress
approved, and President McKinley signed,
legislation authorizing states to use voting
machines for federal elections.
In 1903, the
Department of Commerce and Labor was established.
In 1912, Arizona
became the 48th state of the Union.
In 1929, the
"St. Valentine's Day Massacre" took
place in a Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al
Capone's gang were gunned down.
In 1945, Peru,
Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador joined the United
In 1962, First
Lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducted a televised
tour of the White House.
In 1989, Iran's
Ayatollah Khomeini called on Muslims to kill
Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic
Verses," a novel condemned as blasphemous.
Ten years ago:
Ninety-four people were killed when an Indian
Airlines passenger jet crashed while landing at a
southern Indian airport.
Five years ago: A
federal judge rejected the Justice Department's
proposed antitrust settlement with Microsoft
Corporation; U- District Judge Stanley Sporkin
was later overruled by an appeals court. The
House passed the centerpiece of the Republican
anti-crime package, voting to create block grants
for local governments while eliminating President
Clinton's program to hire more police (the
president later vetoed a spending authorization
bill containing this provision).
One year ago:
President Clinton, accompanied by his wife,
Hillary, began a quick visit to Mexico to
encourage its struggle against narcotics and
government corruption, and grow its markets for
US products. John D. Ehrlichman, President
Nixon's domestic affairs adviser who was
disgraced and imprisoned for his role in the
Watergate cover-up that ultimately led to Nixon's
resignation, died in Atlanta at age 73.
"We are effectively
destroying ourselves by violence masquerading as
R.D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist (1927-1989).