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On August 21st, 1940, exiled Communist
revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in Mexico City
from wounds inflicted by an assassin.
On this date:
In 1680, Pueblo Indians took possession of Santa
Fe, New Mexico, after driving out the Spanish.
In 1831, former
slave Nat Turner led a violent insurrection in
Virginia. (He was later executed.)
In 1858, the
famous debates between Senatorial contenders Abraham
Lincoln and Stephen Douglas began.
In 1878, the
American Bar Association was founded in Saratoga,
In 1944, the
United States, Britain, the Soviet Union and
China opened talks at Dumbarton Oaks in
Washington that helped pave the way for
establishment of the United Nations.
In 1945, President
Truman ended the Lend-Lease program that had
shipped some $50 billion in aid to America's
allies during World War Two.
In 1959, President
Eisenhower signed an executive order proclaiming
Hawaii the 50th state of the union.
Philippine opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino
Junior, ending a self-imposed exile in the United
States, was shot dead moments after stepping off
a plane at Manila International Airport.
In 1983, the
musical play "La Cage Aux Folles"
opened on Broadway.
In 1991, the
hard-line coup against Soviet President Mikhail
S. Gorbachev collapsed in the face of a popular
uprising led by Russian federation President
Boris N. Yeltsin.
Ten years ago:
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein delivered a speech
in which he defended the detaining of foreigners
in his country, and promised "a major
catastrophe" should fighting break out in
the Persian Gulf.
Five years ago:
ABC News settled a $10 billion libel suit by
apologizing to Philip Morris for reporting the
tobacco giant had manipulated the amount of
nicotine in its cigarettes. A suicide bomber set
off an explosion that tore through two crowded
Israeli commuter buses, killing five others. A
commuter plane crashed near Carrollton, Georgia,
killing nine people.
One year ago:
President Clinton urged Americans to contribute
to the relief effort for Turkey, where the death
toll from a massive earthquake four days earlier
topped 12,000 (it eventually reached 17,000).
"I believe I've
found the missing link between animal and
civilized man. It is us."
Konrad Lorenz, Austrian zoologist.