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On May 31st, 1819, poet Walt
Whitman was born in West Hill, New York.
On this date:
In 1889, more than 2,000 people perished when a
dam break sent water rushing through Johnstown,
In 1910, the Union
of South Africa was founded.
In 1913, the 17th
amendment to the Constitution, providing for the
popular election of US senators, was declared in
In 1961, South
Africa became an independent republic.
In 1962, World War
Two Gestapo official Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel for
his role in the Nazi Holocaust.
In 1970, tens of
thousands of people died in an earthquake in
In 1976, Martha
Mitchell, the estranged wife of former Attorney
General John N. Mitchell, died in New York.
In 1977, the
trans-Alaska oil pipeline, three years in the
making, was completed.
In 1989, House
Speaker Jim Wright, dogged by questions about his
ethics, announced he would resign. (Thomas Foley
later succeeded him.)
In 1994, the
United States announced it was no longer aiming
long-range nuclear missiles at targets in the
former Soviet Union.
Ten years ago:
President Bush and his wife, Barbara, welcomed
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev in a
ceremony on South Lawn of the White House. The
two leaders and their aides then held talks on
Five years ago:
President Clinton declared he was ready to permit
the temporary use of American ground forces in
Bosnia to help UN peacekeepers move to safer
positions if necessary. Senator Bob Dole accused
Hollywood of promoting violence, rape and casual
sex in music and movies, and said "the
mainstreaming of deviancy must come to an
One year ago:
During a Memorial Day visit to Arlington National
Cemetery, President Clinton asked Americans to
reconsider their ambivalence about Kosovo,
calling it "a very small province in a small
country. But it is a big test of what we believe
in." In Turkey, the treason trial of Kurdish
rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan opened. (Ocalan was
later convicted and sentenced to death.)
"In the faces of men
and women I see God."
Walt Whitman (1819-1892).