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One year ago, on August 17th, 1999, more than
17,000 people were killed when a magnitude 7.4
earthquake struck Turkey.
On this date:
In 1807, Robert Fulton's "North River Steam
Boat" began heading up New York's Hudson
River on its successful round-trip to Albany.
In 1863, Federal
batteries and ships bombarded Fort Sumter in
Charleston harbor during the Civil War.
In 1896, a
prospecting party discovered gold in Alaska, a
finding that touched off the Klondike gold rush.
In 1940, President
Roosevelt and Canadian Prime Minister William
Mackenzie King met in Ogdensburg, New York, where
they agreed to set up a joint defense commission.
In 1943, the
Allied conquest of Sicily was completed as US and
British forces entered Messina.
Indonesian nationalists declared their
independence from the Netherlands.
In 1962, East
German border guards shot and mortally wounded
18-year-old Peter Fechter, who had attempted to
cross the Berlin Wall into the western sector.
In 1969, 248
people were killed as Hurricane
"Camille" slammed into the Gulf Coast.
In 1969, the
Woodstock Music and Art Fair concluded near
Bethel, New York.
In 1978, the first
successful trans-Atlantic balloon flight ended as
Maxie Anderson, Ben Abruzzo and Larry Newman
landed their "Double Eagle Two" outside
Ten years ago:
Iraq said it would "play host" to all
foreign citizens in the country who were from
"aggressive nations," and place them in
military and civilian targets until the threat of
war was over. Actress-singer Pearl Bailey died in
Philadelphia at age 72.
Five years ago:
James B. McDougal, McDougal's ex-wife, Susan H.
McDougal, and Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker
were indicted by the Whitewater grand jury.
(James McDougal was convicted on 18 of 19 counts
of fraud and conspiracy; Tucker was found guilty
on one count of fraud and one count of
conspiracy; Susan McDougal was convicted on four
necessarily the hero of his own life story."
John Barth, American author.