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On March 18th, 1959, President Eisenhower
signed the Hawaii statehood bill.
On this date:
In 1766, Britain repealed the Stamp Act.
In 1837, the 22nd
and 24th president of the United States, Grover
Cleveland, was born in Caldwell, New Jersey.
In 1909, Einar
Dessau of Denmark used a shortwave transmitter to
converse with a government radio post about six
miles away in what's believed to have been the
first broadcast by a "ham" operator.
In 1931, Schick
Incorporated marketed the first electric razor.
In 1937, more than
400 people, mostly children, were killed in a gas
explosion at a school in New London, Texas.
In 1940, Adolf
Hitler and Benito Mussolini met at the Brenner
Pass, where the Italian dictator agreed to join
Germany's war against France and Britain.
In 1962, France
and Algerian rebels agreed to a truce.
In 1965, the first
spacewalk took place as Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei
Leonov left his Voskhod Two capsule, secured by a
In 1974, most of
the Arab oil-producing nations ended their
embargo against the United States.
In 1979, Iranian
authorities detained American feminist Kate
Millett, a day before deporting her and a
companion for what were termed
Ten years ago: An
alliance of conservative parties won a surprising
victory in East Germany's first free elections.
Thieves made off with eleven valuable paintings
from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in
Boston (the crime remains unsolved).
Five years ago:
The United States Catholic Conference's
administrative board criticized a Republican
welfare reform plan, saying it would hurt poor
children and could push women to have abortions.
Spain's Princess Elena married a banker, Jaime de
Marichalar y Saenz de Tejada, in Seville; it was
Spain's first royal wedding in 89 years.
One year ago: The
Kosovar Albanian delegation signed a US-sponsored
peace accord following talks in Paris; the
Clinton administration warned NATO would act
against Serb targets if Yugoslav leader Slobodan
Milosevic didn't accept the agreement.
"No man has a right
in America to treat any other man tolerantly, for
tolerance is the assumption of superiority."
Wendell Willkie, American politician (1892-1944).