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On July 22nd, 1942, gasoline
rationing involving the use of coupons began
along the Atlantic seaboard.
On this date:
In 1796, Cleveland, Ohio, was
founded by General Moses Cleaveland.
In 1916, a bomb
went off during a Preparedness Day parade in San
Francisco, killing ten people.
In 1933, American
aviator Wiley Post completed the first solo
flight around the world in seven days, 18 and
In 1934, a man
identified as bank robber John Dillinger was shot
to death by federal agents outside Chicago's
In 1937, the
Senate rejected President Roosevelt's proposal to
add more justices to the Supreme Court.
In 1943, American
forces led by General George S.
captured Palermo, Sicily.
In 1946, Jewish
extremists blew up a wing of the King David Hotel
in Jerusalem, killing 90 people.
In 1975, the House
of Representatives joined the Senate in voting to
restore the American citizenship of Confederate
General Robert E. Lee.
In 1981, Turkish
extremist Mehmet Ali Agca was sentenced in Rome
to life in prison for shooting Pope John Paul the
Second. (However, Agca was pardoned by Italy last
month and sent to Turkey, where he will serve
time for a killing that took place before the
attack on the pope.)
In 1996, friends
and families gathered on a Long Island, New York,
beach for a tearful memorial service dedicated to
the 230 victims of the crash of TWA Flight 800.
Ten years ago:
Voters in Mongolia began casting ballots in their
Communist-ruled nation's first multiparty
election ever. American Greg Lemond won his third
Tour de France title.
Five years ago:
Susan Smith was convicted by a jury in Union,
South Carolina, of first-degree murder for
drowning her two sons. (She was later sentenced
to life in prison.)
One year ago:
Family members watched mournfully from the deck
of a Navy destroyer as the ashes of John F.
Kennedy Junior, his wife, Carolyn, and her
sister, Lauren Bessette, were cast into the sea
off Martha's Vineyard, consigned to the depths
where they died.
"The truth is all
things seen under the form of eternity."
George Santayana, Spanish-American philosopher