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On May 25th, 1787, the
Constitutional Convention was convened in
Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up
for a quorum.
On this date:
In 1810, Argentina began its revolt against
playwright Oscar Wilde was convicted of a morals charge in
London; he was sentenced to prison.
In 1935, Babe
hit the 714th and final home run of his career,
for the Boston Braves, in a game against the
Transjordan (now Jordan) became a kingdom as it
proclaimed its new monarch, King Abdullah Ibn
In 1961, President
Kennedy asked the nation to work toward putting a
man on the moon by the end of the decade.
In 1963, the
Organization of African Unity was founded, in
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In 1968, the
Gateway Arch, part of the Jefferson National
Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, was dedicated.
In 1976, US
Representative Wayne L. Hays (Democrat, Ohio)
admitted to a "personal relationship"
with Elizabeth Ray, a committee staff member who
claimed she'd received her job in order to be
In 1979, 275
people died when an American Airlines DC-10
crashed on takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare airport.
In 1992, Jay Leno
made his debut as full-time host of NBC's
"Tonight Show," succeeding Johnny
Ten years ago: A
congressional report cast doubts on the US Navy's
official finding that a troubled sailor probably
had caused the blast that killed 47 servicemen
aboard the battleship USS "Iowa."
Five years ago:
NATO warplanes struck Bosnian Serb headquarters.
(Serbs answered with swift defiance, storming UN
weapons depots, attacking safe areas and taking
peacekeepers as hostages.)
One year ago: A
bipartisan congressional report said China's
two-decade effort to steal US weapons technology
continued well into the Clinton administration;
President Clinton responded that his
administration was already "moving
aggressively to tighten security."
Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr decided against
re-prosecuting Whitewater figure Susan McDougal
and Julie Hiatt Steele, a witness in the Monica
Lewinsky investigation, after both their trials
ended with hung juries.
"Nothing is really
work unless you would rather be doing something
Sir James Barrie, Scottish dramatist (1860-1937).