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On June 28th, 1950, North Korean
forces captured Seoul, South Korea.
On this date:
In 1778, "Molly Pitcher"
(Mary Ludwig Hays) carried water to American
soldiers at the Revolutionary War Battle of
Monmouth, New Jersey.
In 1836, the
fourth president of the United States, James
Madison, died in Montpelier, Virginia.
In 1838, Britain's
Queen Victoria was crowned in Westminster
In 1914, Austrian
Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife, Sofia,
were assassinated in Sarajevo by a Serb
nationalist -- the event which triggered World
In 1919, the
Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, ending
the First World War.
In 1928, New York
Governor Alfred E. Smith was nominated for
president at the Democratic national convention
In 1939, Pan
American Airways began regular trans-Atlantic air
In 1951, a TV
version of the radio program "Amos 'N'
Andy" premiered on CBS. (Although criticized
for racial stereotyping, it was the first network
TV series to feature an all-black cast.)
In 1978, the
Supreme Court ordered the University of
California at Davis Medical School to admit Allan
Bakke, a white man who'd argued he was a victim
of reverse racial discrimination.
In 1996, the
Citadel voted to admit women, ending a
153-year-old men-only policy at the South
Carolina military school.
Ten years ago:
Jurors in the drug and perjury trial of
Washington DC Mayor Marion S. Barry Junior viewed
a videotape showing Barry smoking crack cocaine
during an FBI hotel-room sting operation. (Barry
was later convicted of a single count of
misdemeanor drug possession.)
Five years ago:
The House overwhelmingly approved a
constitutional amendment to protect the American
flag from desecration (however, the amendment was
defeated in the Senate). Webster Hubbell, the
former number-three official at the Justice
Department, was sentenced to 21 months in prison
for bilking clients of the law firm where he and
Hillary Rodham Clinton were partners.
One year ago:
Announcing even bigger projected budget
surpluses, President Clinton said the government
could drastically reduce the national debt while
still buttressing Social Security and Medicare.
"The secret of a man
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William Dean Howells, American author