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On May 19th, 1935, T.E. Lawrence,
also known as "Lawrence of Arabia,"
died in England from injuries sustained in a
On this date:
In 1536, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of
England's King Henry the Eighth, was beheaded
after being convicted of adultery.
In 1643, delegates
from four New England colonies met in Boston to
form a confederation.
In 1906, the
Federated Boys' Clubs, forerunner of the Boys'
Clubs of America, were organized.
In 1921, Congress
passed the Emergency Quota Act, which established
national quotas for immigrants.
In 1943, in an
address to the US Congress, British Prime
Minister Winston Churchill pledged his country's full
support in the war against Japan.
In 1958, the
United States and Canada formally established the
North American Air Defense Command.
In 1964, the State
Department disclosed that 40 hidden microphones
had been found in the US embassy in Moscow.
In 1967, the
Soviet Union ratified a treaty with the United
States and Britain banning nuclear weapons from
In 1992, the 27th
Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting
Congress from giving itself mid-term pay raises,
went into effect.
In 1994, former
first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in New
York at age 64.
Ten years ago:
Secretary of State James A. Baker the Third
concluded an agreement with the Soviet Union to
destroy chemical weapons and settle longstanding
disputes over limits on nuclear-tipped cruise
missiles. "Summer Squall" won the
Five years ago:
The Senate voted, 99-to-0, to reject President
Clinton's spending blueprint. NASA's
administrator unveiled plans to slash thousands
of aerospace jobs.
One year ago: As
NATO's Operation Allied Force entered its ninth
week, Russia's special envoy to the Balkans
called on both NATO and Yugoslavia to suspend
hostilities. The Justice Department renewed its
campaign to revoke John Demjanjuk's citizenship,
alleging he was a Nazi death camp guard known as
"Ivan the Terrible." The
much-anticipated movie prequel "Star Wars:
Episode One -- The Phantom Menace" opened.
"Life is never so
bad at its worst that it is impossible to live;
it is never so good at its best that it is easy
Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator