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On July ninth, 1850, the 12th
president of the United States, Zachary
died after serving only 16 months of his term.
On this date:
In 1540, England's King Henry the Eighth had his
six-month-old marriage to his fourth wife, Anne
of Cleves, annulled.
In 1776, the
Declaration of Independence was read aloud to
General George Washington's troops in New York.
In 1816, Argentina
declared independence from Spain.
In 1896, William
Jennings Bryan delivered his famous "cross
of gold" speech at the Democratic national
convention in Chicago.
In 1918, 101
people were killed in a train collision in
In 1944, during
World War Two, American forces secured Saipan as
the last Japanese defenses fell.
In 1947, the
engagement of Britain's Princess Elizabeth to
Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten was announced.
In 1951, President
Truman asked Congress to formally end the state
of war between the United States and Germany.
In 1974, former US
Chief Justice Earl Warren died in Washington DC.
In 1982, a Pan Am
Boeing 727 crashed in Kenner, Louisiana, killing
all 146 people aboard and eight people on the
Ten years ago:
Leaders of the world's seven richest nations
opened a three-day economic summit in Houston,
the first such gathering in the post-Cold War
Five years ago:
French commandos boarded the Greenpeace ship
Rainbow Warrior Two in the South Pacific. Pete
Sampras won the men's singles title at Wimbledon
by defeating Boris Becker, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2, 6-4,
One year ago: A
jury in Los Angeles ordered General Motors
Corporation to pay $4.9 billion to six people
severely burned when their Chevrolet Malibu
exploded in flames in a rear-end collision. (A
judge later reduced the punitive damages to $1.09
billion, while letting stand $107 million in
compensatory damages; GM is continuing to
"There are two kinds
of people in one's life -- people whom one keeps
waiting -- and the people for whom one
S(amuel) N(athaniel) Behrman, American author and