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On August 26th, 1964, President Lyndon
B. Johnson was nominated for a term of office
in his own right at the Democratic national
convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
On this date:
In 55 B.C., Roman forces under Julius Caesar
In 1847, Liberia
was proclaimed an independent republic.
In 1883, the
island volcano Krakatoa began erupting with
increasingly large explosions.
In 1920, the 19th
amendment to the US Constitution, guaranteeing
American women the right to vote, was declared in
In 1957, the
Soviet Union announced it had successfully tested
an intercontinental ballistic missile.
In 1961, the
official International Hockey Hall of Fame opened
In 1972, the
summer Olympics games opened in Munich, West
In 1974, Charles
Lindbergh -- the first man to fly solo, non-stop
across the Atlantic -- died at his home in Hawaii
at age 72.
In 1978, Cardinal
Albino Luciani of Venice was elected the 264th
Pope of the Roman Catholic Church following the
death of Paul the Sixth. The new pontiff took the
name Pope John Paul the First.
thirteen-year-old AIDS patient Ryan White began
"attending" classes at Western Middle
School in Kokomo, Indiana, via a telephone
hook-up at his home -- school officials had
barred Ryan from attending classes in person.
Ten years ago:
Fifty-five Americans who had been evacuated from
the US Embassy in Kuwait left Baghdad by car,
headed for the Turkish border. The bodies of two
slain college students were found in their
off-campus apartment in Gainesville, Florida;
three more bodies were discovered in the days
that followed, setting off a wave of panic.
Five years ago: In
his weekly radio address, President Clinton
explained his decision to impose a two-year
moratorium on mining claims on 4500 acres of
federal land near the northeast corner of
Yellowstone National Park, saying the land was
"more priceless than gold."
One year ago:
Attorney General Janet Reno pledged that a new
investigation of the 1993 Waco, Texas, siege
would "get to the bottom" of how the
FBI used potentially flammable tear gas grenades
against her wishes and then took six years to
"Nothing has really
happened until it has been recorded."
Virginia Woolf, English author and critic