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On August 19th, 1812, the USS
"Constitution" defeated the British
frigate "Guerriere" east of Nova Scotia
during the War of 1812.
On this date:
In 1848, the New York Herald reported the
discovery of gold in California.
In 1934, a
plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of
sole executive power in
In 1929, the
comedy program "Amos and Andy,"
starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll, made
its network radio debut on NBC.
In 1942, about
6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launched a
disastrous raid against the Germans at Dieppe,
France, suffering about 50-percent casualties.
In 1955, severe
flooding in the Northeast claimed some 200 lives.
In 1960, a
tribunal in Moscow convicted American U-2 pilot
Francis Gary Powers of espionage.
In 1976, President
Ford won the Republican presidential nomination
at the party's convention in Kansas City.
In 1977, comedian
Groucho Marx died in Los Angeles at age 86.
In 1980, 301
people aboard a Saudi Arabian L-1011 died as the
jetliner made a fiery emergency landing at the
In 1994, President
Clinton abruptly halted the nation's three-decade
open-door policy for Cuban refugees.
Ten years ago:
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein offered to free
all foreigners detained in Iraq and Kuwait
provided the United States promise to withdraw
its forces from Saudi Arabia and guarantee that
an international economic embargo would be
Five years ago:
Three top US diplomats heading to peace talks in
Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, were killed when
their armored vehicle plunged off a muddy road
One year ago:
Confronting questions about possible past drug
use, Republican presidential candidate George W.
Bush told reporters he had not used illegal drugs
in 25 years, and added that if voters insisted on
knowing more -- quote -- "they can go find
somebody else to vote for."
"One can live in the
shadow of an idea without grasping it."
Elizabeth Bowen, Irish author (1899-1973).