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One year ago, on July 16th, 1999, John
F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren
Bessette, died when the single-engine plane
Kennedy was piloting plunged into the Atlantic
Ocean near Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
On this date:
In 1790, the District of Columbia
was established as the seat of the United States
In 1862, David G.
Farragut became the first rear admiral in the
United States Navy.
In 1918, Russia's
Czar Nicholas the Second, his empress and their
five children were executed by the Bolsheviks.
In 1935, the first
parking meters were installed, in Oklahoma City.
In 1945, the
United States exploded its first experimental
atomic bomb, in the desert of Alamogordo, New
In 1964, in
accepting the Republican presidential nomination
in San Francisco, Barry M. Goldwater said
"extremism in the defense of liberty is no
vice" and that "moderation in the
pursuit of justice is no virtue."
"Apollo Eleven" blasted off from Cape
Kennedy on the first manned mission to the
surface of the moon.
In 1973, during
the Senate Watergate hearings, former White House
aide Alexander P. Butterfield publicly revealed
the existence of President Nixon's secret taping
In 1979, Saddam
Hussein became president of Iraq.
In 1980, former
California Governor Ronald Reagan won the
Republican presidential nomination at the party's
convention in Detroit.
Ten years ago:
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and West
German Chancellor Helmut Kohl announced that
Moscow had agreed to drop its objection to a
united Germany's membership in NATO.
Five years ago:
William Barloon and David Daliberti, the two
Americans who were imprisoned in Iraq for
crossing the border from Kuwait four months
earlier, were released.
One year ago:
Stanley Kubrick's final film, "Eyes Wide
Shut" starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman,
made its debut.
"The fear of
becoming a `has been' keeps some people from
Eric Hoffer, American author-philosopher