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On June 29th, 1970, the United States ended a
two-month military offensive into Cambodia.
On this date:
In 1767, the British Parliament approved the
Townshend Revenue Acts, which imposed import
duties on certain goods shipped to America.
Colonists bitterly protested the Acts, which were
repealed in 1770.
In 1776, the Virginia state
constitution was adopted, and Patrick Henry made
In 1941, Polish
statesman, pianist and composer Ignace
Jan Paderewski died in New York at age 80.
In 1946, British
authorities arrested more than 27-hundred Jews in
Palestine in an attempt to stamp out alleged
In 1949, the
government of South Africa enacted a ban against
In 1954, the
Atomic Energy Commission voted against
re-instating Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer's access
to classified information.
In 1966, the
United States bombed fuel storage facilities near
the North Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and
In 1967, Jerusalem
was re-unified as Israel removed barricades
separating the Old City from the Israeli sector.
In 1972, the
Supreme Court ruled the death penalty, as it was
being meted out, could constitute "cruel and
unusual punishment." (The ruling prompted
states to revise their capital punishment laws.)
In 1988, the
Supreme Court upheld, 7-to-1, the independent
Ten years ago:
Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers
and Dave Stewart of the Oakland A's became the
first pitchers to hurl no-hitters in both the
National and American Leagues on the same day.
(Oakland shut out the Blue Jays, 5-to-0, while
Los Angeles blanked the St. Louis Cardinals,
Five years ago:
The shuttle "Atlantis" and the space
station "Mir" docked in orbit. A
department store in Seoul, South Korea,
collapsed, killing at least 500 people. Actress
Lana Turner died in Century City, California, at
One year ago:
Urging the biggest expansion in Medicare's
history, President Clinton proposed that the
government help older Americans pay for
prescription drugs. Ten-thousand demonstrators
rallied in central Serbia, demanding the
resignation of President Slobodan Milosevic.
Abdullah Ocalan, leader of Turkey's rebel Kurds,
was convicted of treason and sentenced to death.
"Sin ... has been
made not only ugly but passe. People are no
longer sinful, they are only immature or under
privileged or frightened or, more particularly,
Phyllis McGinley, American poet (1905-1978).