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On July 20th, 1969, "Apollo
Eleven" astronauts Neil
Armstrong and Edwin
"Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to
walk on the moon as they stepped out of their
On this date:
In 1810, Colombia declared
independence from Spain.
In 1861, the
Congress of the Confederate States began holding
sessions in Richmond, Virginia.
In 1871, British
Columbia entered Confederation as a Canadian
In 1881, Sioux
Indian leader Sitting Bull, a fugitive since the
Battle of the Little Big Horn, surrendered to
In 1942, the first
detachment of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps --
later known as WACs -- began basic training at
Fort Des Moines, Iowa.
In 1944, an
attempt by a group of German officials to
assassinate Adolf Hitler with a bomb failed as
the explosion at Hitler's Rastenburg headquarters
only wounded the Nazi leader.
In 1944, President
Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented
fourth term of office at the Democratic
convention in Chicago.
In 1951, Jordan's
King Abdullah Ibn Hussein was assassinated in
In 1976, America's
"Viking One" robot spacecraft made a
successful, first-ever landing on Mars.
In 1982, Irish
Republican Army bombs exploded in two London
parks, killing eight British soldiers, along with
seven horses belonging to the Queen's Household
Ten years ago:
Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, one of
the court's most liberal voices, announced he was
stepping down. A federal appeals court set aside
Oliver North's Iran-Contra convictions, reversing
Five years ago:
Leaders of the University of California voted to
drop affirmative action policies on admissions
and hiring. Baseball Hall-of-Famers Duke Snider
and Willie McCovey pleaded guilty in New York to
One year ago:
After 38 years at the bottom of the Atlantic,
astronaut Gus Grissom's "Liberty Bell
Seven" Mercury capsule was lifted to the
"Somehow a bachelor
never quite gets over the idea that he is a thing
of beauty and a boy forever."
Helen Rowland, American writer and humorist