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On June 23rd, 1931, aviators Wiley
Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on
the first round-the-world flight in a
On this date:
In 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes
received a patent for an invention he called a
abolitionist Frederick Douglass received one vote from the
Kentucky delegation at the Republican convention
in Chicago, effectively making him the first
black candidate nominated for US president. (The
nomination went to Benjamin Harrison.)
In 1938, the Civil
Aeronautics Authority was established.
In 1947, the
Senate joined the House in overriding President
Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Act.
In 1956, Gamal
Abdel Nasser was elected president of Egypt.
In 1967, President
Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin held
the first of two meetings in Glassboro, New
In 1969, Warren E.
Burger was sworn in as chief US justice by the
man he was succeeding, Earl Warren.
In 1972, President
Nixon and White House chief of staff H.R.
Haldeman discussed a plan to use the CIA to
obstruct the FBI's Watergate investigation.
(Revelation of the tape recording of this
conversation sparked Nixon's resignation in
In 1985, all 329
people aboard an Air-India Boeing 747 were killed
when the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean
near Ireland, apparently because of a bomb.
In 1989, the
Supreme Court refused to shut down the
"dial-a-porn" industry, ruling Congress
had gone too far in passing a law banning all
sexually-oriented phone message services.
Ten years ago:
African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela
received a tumultuous welcome in Boston as he
continued his US tour.
Five years ago:
Dr. Jonas Salk, the medical pioneer who developed
the first vaccine to halt the crippling rampage
of polio, died in La Jolla, California, at age
One year ago: A
divided Supreme Court dramatically enhanced
states' rights in a trio of decisions that eroded
Congress' power. US Marines in Kosovo killed one
person and wounded two others after coming under
fire; no Marines were injured.
"Even the merest
gesture is holy if it is filled with faith."
Franz Kafka, Austrian author and poet