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On July 18th, 1947, President
Truman signed the Presidential Succession Act,
which placed the speaker of the House and the
Senate president pro tempore next in the line of
succession after the vice president.
On this date:
In A.D. 64, the Great Fire of Rome
In 1872, Britain
introduced the concept of voting by secret
In 1927, Ty
hit safely for the 4,000th time in his career.
In 1936, the
Spanish Civil War began.
In 1940, the
Democratic national convention in Chicago
nominated President Roosevelt for an
unprecedented third term in office.
In 1944, Hideki
Tojo was removed as Japanese premier and war
minister because of setbacks suffered by his
country in World War Two.
In 1969, a car
driven by Senator Edward M. Kennedy (Democrat,
Massachusetts) plunged off a bridge on
Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's Vineyard;
passenger Mary Jo Kopechne died.
In 1984, a gunman
opened fire at a McDonald's fast food restaurant
in San Ysidro, California, killing 21 people
before being shot dead by police.
In 1984, Walter F.
Mondale won the Democratic presidential
nomination in San Francisco.
In 1989, actress
Rebecca Schaeffer, 21, was shot to death at her
Los Angeles home by obsessed fan Robert Bardo,
who was later sentenced to life in prison.
Ten years ago: Dr.
Karl Menninger, the dominant figure in American
psychiatry for six decades, died in Topeka,
Kansas, four days short of his 97th birthday.
Five years ago:
Opening statements were presented in the trial of
Susan Smith, the South Carolina woman charged
with drowning her two young sons. Senate
Republicans opened a new round of Whitewater
One year ago:
Authorities looking into the disappearance of the
plane carrying John F. Kennedy Junior, his wife
and sister-in-law announced that the "search
and rescue" operation had become
"search and recovery." David Cone of
the New York Yankees pitched a perfect game
against the Montreal Expos, leading his team to a
6-to-0 victory. Paul Lawrie won the British Open
after Jean Van de Velde triple-bogeyed on the
"While we read
history we make history."
George William Curtis, American author-editor