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On August 27th, 1975, Haile
Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia's
3,000-year-old monarchy, died in Addis Ababa at
age 83 almost a year after he was overthrown in a
On this date:
In 1770, German philosopher Georg
Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was born in Stuttgart.
In 1883, the
island volcano Krakatoa blew up; the resulting
tidal waves in Indonesia's Sunda Strait claimed
some 36,000 lives in Java and Sumatra.
In 1892, fire
seriously damaged New York's original
Metropolitan Opera House.
In 1894, Congress
passed the Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act, which
contained a provision for a graduated income tax
that was later struck down by the Supreme Court.
In 1908, Lyndon B.
Johnson, the 36th president of the United States,
was born near Stonewall, Texas.
In 1928, the
Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed in Paris,
outlawing war and providing for the peaceful
settlement of disputes.
In 1945, American
troops began landing in Japan following the
surrender of the Japanese government in World War
In 1962, the
United States launched the "Mariner
Two" space probe, which flew past Venus the
In 1967, Brian
Epstein, manager of the Beatles, was found dead
in his London flat from an overdose of sleeping
In 1979, British
war hero Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed off
the coast of Ireland in a boat explosion claimed
by the Irish Republican Army.
Ten years ago:
Fifty-two Americans reached freedom in Turkey
after they were allowed to leave Iraq; three
young men originally in the group, however, were
detained by the Iraqis. In Washington, the State
Department ordered the expulsion of 36 Iraqi
Five years ago:
American and Chinese officials agreed to begin
planning a fall summit between President Clinton
and Chinese President Jiang Zemin.
One year ago: The
Federal Communications Commission announced new
government wiretapping rules intended to help law
enforcement authorities keep pace with advances
in phone technology. (However, a federal appeals
court later threw out some of the new rules,
citing privacy concerns.)
"If you board the
wrong train, it is no use running along the
corridor in the other direction."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian