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On February 28th, 1854, some 50 slavery opponents
met in Ripon, Wisconsin, to call for creation of
a new political group, which became the
On this date:
In 1827, the first US railroad chartered to carry
passengers and freight, the Baltimore and Ohio
Railroad Company, was incorporated.
In 1844, a 12-inch
gun aboard the USS "Princeton"
exploded, killing Secretary of State Abel P.
Upshur, Navy Secretary Thomas W. Gilmer and
In 1849, the ship
"California" arrived at San Francisco,
carrying the first of the gold-seekers.
In 1861, the
Territory of Colorado was organized.
In 1940, the first
televised college basketball games were
broadcast, by New York City station W2XBS, as
Pittsburgh defeated Fordham, 57-to-37, and New
York University beat Georgetown, 50-to-27, at
Madison Square Garden.
In 1974, the United States
and Egypt re-established diplomatic relations
after a seven-year break.
In 1975, more than
40 people were killed in London's Underground
when a subway train smashed into the end of a
In 1986, Swedish Prime
Minister Olof Palme was shot to death in
In 1993, a gun
battle erupted at a compound near Waco, Texas,
when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
agents tried to serve warrants on the Branch
Davidians; four agents and six Davidians were
killed as a 51-day standoff began.
Ten years ago: The
space shuttle "Atlantis" blasted off
from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a secret mission
to place a spy satellite in orbit.
Five years ago: US
Marines swept ashore in Somalia to protect
retreating UN peacekeepers. Denver International
Airport opened after 16 months of delays and $3.2
billion in budget overruns.
One year ago:
Guerrillas detonated two bombs beside a military
convoy in southern Lebanon, killing a brigadier
general and three other Israelis; Israel
retaliated with air raids on suspected guerrilla
"Judge a man by his
questions rather than by his answers."
Voltaire, French author-philosopher (1694-1778).