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On March 27th, 1794, President
Washington and Congress authorized creation of
the US Navy.
On this date:
In 1512, Spanish explorer Juan
Ponce de Leon sighted Florida.
In 1625, Charles
the First ascended the English throne upon the
death of James the First.
In 1836, the first
Mormon temple was dedicated, in Kirtland, Ohio.
In 1917, the
Seattle Metropolitans became the first US team to
win the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Montreal
In 1945, during
World War Two, General Dwight D. Eisenhower told
reporters in Paris that German defenses on the
Western Front had been broken.
In 1958, Nikita
Khrushchev became Soviet premier in addition to
First Secretary of the Communist Party.
In 1964, Alaska
was rocked by a powerful earthquake that killed
In 1968, Soviet
cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man to orbit
the earth, died in a plane crash.
In 1977, 582
people were killed when a KLM Boeing 747,
attempting to take off, crashed into a Pan Am 747
on the Canary Island of Tenerife.
In 1998, the Food
and Drug Administration approved the drug Viagra,
made by Pfizer, saying it helped about two-thirds
of impotent men improve their sexual function.
Ten years ago:
Soviet soldiers began rounding up Lithuanians who
had fled the Red Army after the republic's
declaration of independence. The US began test
broadcasts of TV Marti to Cuba, which promptly
jammed the signal.
Five years ago:
Former President Jimmy Carter announced he had
brokered a two-month cease-fire between Sudan's
Islamic government and rebels. "Forrest
Gump" won six Academy Awards, including best
picture and a second consecutive Best Actor Oscar
for Tom Hanks; Jessica Lange won Best Actress for
One year ago: NATO
expanded its air assault on Yugoslavia in the
fourth straight day of attacks. Maria Butyrskaya
of Russia won the World Figure Skating
Championships in Helsinki, Finland; defending
champion Michelle Kwan of the United States
"Men travel faster
now, but I do not know if they go to better
Willa Cather, American author (1873-1947).