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On August 14th, 1900, international forces,
including US Marines, entered Beijing to put down
the Boxer Rebellion, which was aimed at purging
China of foreign influence.
On this date:
In 1848, the Oregon Territory was established.
In 1917, China
declared war on Germany and Austria during World
In 1935, the
Social Security Act became law.
In 1945, President
Truman announced that Japan had surrendered
unconditionally, ending World War Two.
In 1947, Pakistan
became independent of British rule.
In 1969, British
troops arrived in Northern Ireland to intervene
in sectarian violence between Protestants and
In 1973, the US
bombing of Cambodia came to a halt.
In 1980, President
Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale were
nominated for a second term at the Democratic
national convention in New York.
In 1980, workers
went on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk,
Poland, in a job action that resulted in the
creation of the Solidarity labor movement.
In 1996, the
Republican national convention in San Diego
nominated Bob Dole for president and Jack Kemp
for vice president.
Ten years ago:
Interrupting his vacation in Kennebunkport,
Maine, President Bush returned to Washington,
where he told reporters he saw no hope for a
diplomatic solution to the Persian Gulf crisis,
at least until economic sanctions forced Iraq to
withdraw from Kuwait.
Five years ago:
Shannon Faulkner officially became the first
female cadet in the history of The Citadel, South
Carolina's state military college. (However,
Faulkner quit the school less than a week later,
citing the stress of her court fight, and her
isolation among the male cadets.)
One year ago:
Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush
won a convincing victory in the Iowa straw poll.
Death claimed former AFL-CIO president Lane
Kirkland at age 77, and Baseball Hall of Fame
shortstop Pee Wee Reese at age 81.
"Nothing is so
soothing to our self-esteem as to find our bad
traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve
Van Wyck Brooks, American author (1886-1963).