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On August 20th, 1940,
British Prime Minister Winston
Churchill paid tribute to the Royal Air
Force, saying, "Never in the field of human
conflict was so much owed by so many to so
In 1833, Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president of
the United States, was born in North Bend, Ohio.
In 1866, President
Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War
over, even though the fighting had stopped months
In 1918, Britain
opened its offensive on the Western front during
World War One.
pioneering American radio station Eight-M-K (8MK)
in Detroit (later WWJ) began daily broadcasting.
In 1953, the
Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had tested
a hydrogen bomb.
In 1955, hundreds
of people were killed in anti-French rioting in
Morocco and Algeria.
In 1964, President
Johnson signed a nearly one billion-dollar
In 1968, the
Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations began
In 1977, the US
launched "Voyager Two," an unmanned
spacecraft carrying a 12-inch copper phonograph
record containing greetings in dozens of
languages, samples of music and sounds of nature.
In 1994, Benjamin
Chavis Junior was fired as head of the NAACP
after a turbulent 16-month tenure.
Ten years ago: For
the first time since Iraq began detaining
foreigners, President Bush publicly referred to
the detainees as hostages, and demanded their
release. Three former Northwest Airlines pilots
were convicted in Minneapolis of flying while
Five years ago: In
northern India, 348 people were killed when a
passenger train rammed another that had stopped
on the tracks after hitting a cow. The remnants
of an American peace delegation headed home from
Bosnia-Herzegovina with the bodies of three
diplomats killed in an accident.
One year ago: In a
highly unusual move, the CIA pulled the security
clearances for former Director John Deutch for
keeping secret files on an unsecured home
computer. Three Japanese banks announced a broad
alliance plan that would create the world's
largest banking group with assets of well over
one trillion dollars.
"I am more and more
convinced that man is a dangerous creature; and
that power, whether vested in many or a few, is
ever grasping, and like the grave, cries `Give,
Abigail Adams, American writer (1744-1818).