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On July 29th, 1958, President Eisenhower signed
the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which
On this date:
In 1588, the English soundly defeated the Spanish
Armada in the Battle of Gravelines.
In 1890, artist Vincent
van Gogh died of a self-inflicted gunshot
wound in Auvers, France.
In 1900, Italian
King Humbert the First was assassinated by an
anarchist; he was succeeded by his son, Victor
Emmanuel the Third.
transcontinental telephone service began with the
first phone conversation between New York and San
In 1948, Britain's
King George the Sixth opened the Olympic Games in
In 1957, the
International Atomic Energy Agency was
In 1967, fire
swept the USS "Forrestal" in the Gulf
of Tonkin, killing 134 servicemen.
In 1975, President
Ford became the first US president to visit the
site of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in
Poland as he paid tribute to the victims.
In 1980, a state
funeral was held in Cairo, Egypt, for the deposed
Shah of Iran, who had died two days earlier at
In 1981, Britain's
Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St.
Paul's Cathedral in London.
Ten years ago:
Bruno Kreisky, Austria's longest-serving
chancellor and an architect of its policy of
neutrality, died at age 79.
Five years ago:
President Clinton and Republicans marked the 30th
anniversary of Medicare by accusing one another
of putting the program's future at risk.
One year ago: A
day trader, apparently upset over stock losses,
opened fire in two Atlanta brokerage offices,
killing nine people and wounding 13 before
shooting himself to death; authorities say Mark
O. Barton also killed his wife and two children.
California Governor Gray Davis abandoned the
state's effort to preserve Proposition 187, a
divisive voter-approved ban on schooling and
other public benefits for illegal immigrants.
"The fellow who says
he'll meet you halfway usually thinks he's
standing on the dividing line."
O.A. Battista, Canadian-born author-scientist.