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On March 19th, 1979, the US House of
Representatives began televising its day-to-day
In 1859, the opera "Faust" by Charles
Gounod premiered in Paris.
In 1917, the
Supreme Court upheld the eight-hour work day for
In 1918, Congress
approved Daylight-Saving Time.
In 1931, Nevada
In 1945, about
eight hundred people were killed as Kamikaze
planes attacked the US carrier Franklin off
Japan; the ship, however, was saved.
In 1945, Adolf
Hitler issued his so-called "Nero
Decree," ordering the destruction of German
facilities that could fall into Allied hands.
In 1953, the
Academy Awards ceremony was televised for the
first time; "The Greatest Show on
Earth" was named best picture of 1952.
Buckingham Palace announced the separation of
Princess Margaret and her husband, the Earl of
Snowdon, after 16 years of marriage.
In 1985, in a
legislative victory for President Reagan, the
Senate voted, 55-to-45, to authorize production
of the MX missile.
televangelist Jim Bakker resigned as chairman of
his PTL ministry organization amid a sex and
money scandal involving Jessica Hahn, a former
church secretary from Oklahoma.
In 1993, Supreme
Court Justice Byron R. White announced plans to
retire. (White's departure paved the way for Ruth
Bader Ginsburg to become the court's second
Ten years ago:
Alfredo Cristiani of the right-wing ARENA party
was elected president of El Salvador, defeating
Fidel Chavez Mena of the Christian Democratic
Five years ago:
Talks between North Korea and South Korea
collapsed, imperiling a US-brokered deal to
resolve the North Korean nuclear dispute. In his
weekly radio address, President Clinton promised
to tell people "all across America about our
health reform plan and what it really
One year ago:
Completing baseball's transformation from family
ownership to corporate control, Rupert Murdoch's
Fox Group won approval to buy the Los Angeles
Dodgers for a record $350 million.
is the darling delusion of mankind that the world
is progressive in religion, toleration, freedom,
as it is progressive in machinery."
Moncure D. Conway, American clergyman and author