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August fifth, 1962, actress Marilyn
36, was found dead in her Los Angeles home; her
death was ruled a probable suicide from an
overdose of sleeping pills.
On this date:
In 1861, the federal government levied an income
tax for the first time.
In 1864, during
the Civil War, Union Admiral David G. Farragut is
said to have given his famous order, "Damn
the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" as he led
his fleet against Mobile Bay, Alabama.
In 1884, the
cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on
Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor.
In 1914, the first
electric traffic lights were installed, in
In 1924, the comic
strip "Little Orphan Annie," by Harold
Gray, made its debut.
"American Bandstand," hosted by Dick
Clark, made its network debut on ABC.
In 1963, the
United States, Britain and the Soviet Union
signed a treaty in Moscow banning nuclear tests
in the atmosphere, in space and underwater.
In 1980, Hurricane
"Allen" battered the southern peninsula
of Haiti, leaving more than 200 dead in its wake.
In 1984, actor
Richard Burton died at a hospital in Geneva,
Switzerland, at the age of 58.
In 1994, a
three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals in
Washington chose Kenneth W. Starr to take over
the Whitewater investigation from Robert Fiske.
Ten years ago: An
angry President Bush again denounced the Iraqi
invasion of Kuwait, telling reporters, "This
will not stand. This will not stand, this
aggression against Kuwait."
Five years ago:
Secretary of State Warren Christopher arrived in
Hanoi, Vietnam, to "build a bridge of
cooperation." (Christopher was the first US
secretary of state to visit Vietnam since the war
and the first ever to go to Hanoi.)
One year ago:
Republicans overcame solid Democratic opposition
to narrowly win passage of a ten-year, $792
billion tax cut, first in the House, then in the
Senate; President Clinton denounced the bill and
promised a veto. Richard Holbrooke won Senate
confirmation as UN ambassador after a grueling
14-month battle. Mark McGwire became the 16th
member of the 500-home run club, hitting two
homers -- numbers 500 and 501 -- in the St. Louis
Cardinals' loss to San Diego.
"I slept, and
dreamed that life was Beauty; I woke, and found
that life was Duty."
Ellen Sturgis Hooper, American poet (1816-1841).