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On August 24th, 1814, British
forces invaded Washington DC, setting fire to the
Capitol and the White House.
On this date:
In A.D. 79, long-dormant Mount
Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of
Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash. An
estimated 20,000 people died.
In 1572, the
slaughter of French Protestants at the hands of
Catholics began in Paris.
In 1932, Amelia
Earhart became the first woman to fly
non-stop across the United States, traveling from
Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, in just over
In 1949, the North
Atlantic Treaty went into effect.
In 1954, the
Communist Control Act went into effect, virtually
outlawing the Communist Party in the United
In 1968, France
became the world's fifth thermonuclear power as
it exploded a hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific.
In 1970, a bomb
planted by anti-war extremists exploded at the
University of Wisconsin's Army Math Research
Center in Madison, killing 33-year-old researcher
In 1981, Mark
David Chapman was sentenced in New York to 20
years to life in prison for slaying rock star
In 1989, Baseball
Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti banned
Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose from the game
In 1992, Hurricane
"Andrew" smashed into Florida.
Ten years ago:
Iraqi troops surrounded foreign missions in
Kuwait. Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev
sent a message to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
warning the Persian Gulf situation was
"extremely dangerous." Irish hostage
Brian Keenan was released by his captors in
Lebanon after being held more than four years.
Five years ago:
China expelled Chinese-American human rights
activist Harry Wu, hours after convicting him of
spying. Microsoft Corporation began selling its
highly publicized Windows 95 personal computer
One year ago: The
Federal Reserve raised borrowing costs for
millions of Americans, increasing its target for
the federal funds rate by a quarter point to 5.25
percent, and hiking the discount rate a quarter
point to 4.75 percent.
"Show me a man who
cannot bother to do little things and I'll show
you a man who cannot be trusted to do big
Lawrence D. Bell, American aircraft manufacturer