Today's Highlight in
On February 15th, 1898, the US battleship
"Maine" mysteriously blew up
in Havana Harbor, killing more than 260 crew
members and bringing the United States closer to
war with Spain.
On this date:
In 1564, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was
born in Pisa.
In 1764, the city
of St. Louis was established.
In 1820, American
suffragist Susan B. Anthony was born in Adams,
In 1879, President
Hayes signed a bill allowing female attorneys to
argue cases before the Supreme Court.
President-elect Roosevelt escaped an
assassination attempt in Miami that claimed the
life of Chicago Mayor Anton J. Cermak.
In 1942, the
British colony Singapore surrendered to the
Japanese during World War Two.
In 1965, Canada's
new maple-leaf flag was unfurled in ceremonies in
In 1982, 84 men
were killed when a huge oil-drilling rig, the
"Ocean Ranger," sank off the coast of
Newfoundland during a fierce storm.
In 1989, the
Soviet Union announced that the last of its
troops had left Afghanistan, after more than nine
years of military intervention.
In 1992, Benjamin
L. Hooks announced plans to retire as executive
director of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People.
Ten years ago:
President Bush and the leaders of Colombia,
Bolivia and Peru met in Cartagena, Colombia, for
a drug-fighting summit.
Five years ago:
The FBI arrested Kevin Mitnick, its "most
wanted hacker," and charged him with
cracking security for some of the nation's most
protected computers. (Mitnick was released this
past January 21st after serving five years behind
bars.) A fire roared through a three-story
nightclub in Taichung, Taiwan, killing at least
One year ago:
President Clinton continued his whirlwind visit
to Mexico, where he conferred with President
Ernesto Zedillo. The body of Amadou Diallo, the
unarmed West African gunned down by New York City
police, was returned to his native Guinea.
"Like all dreamers I
confuse disenchantment with truth."
Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher (1905-1980).