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On September second, 1945, Japan
formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the
USS "Missouri," ending World War Two.
On this date:
In 1666, the Great Fire of London broke out,
claiming thousands of homes, but only a few
In 1789, the
United States Treasury Department was
In 1864, during
the Civil War, Union General William T. Sherman's
forces occupied Atlanta.
In 1901, Vice
President Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice,
"Speak softly and carry a big stick,"
in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.
In 1930, the first
non-stop airplane flight from Europe to the US
was completed as Captain Dieudonne Coste and
Maurice Bellonte of France arrived in Valley
Stream, New York, aboard "The Question
In 1945, Ho Chi
Minh declared Vietnam an independent republic.
In 1963, Alabama
Governor George C. Wallace prevented the
integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling
the building with state troopers.
In 1969, North
Vietnamese president Ho Chi Minh died.
In 1985, it was
announced that a US-French expedition had located
the wreckage of the "Titanic" about 560
miles off Newfoundland.
In 1998, a
Swissair MD-11 jetliner crashed off Nova Scotia,
killing all 229 people aboard.
Ten years ago:
Dozens of Americans reached freedom in the first
major airlift of Westerners from Iraq during the
month-old Persian Gulf crisis. Dave Stieb of the
Toronto Blue Jays hurled a no-hitter against the
Cleveland Indians, winning 3-0.
Five years ago: At
a military cemetery on a hill high above
Honolulu, President Clinton marked the 50th
anniversary of the end of World War Two, saying
it taught Americans that "the blessings of
freedom are never easy or free."
One year ago: It
was announced that President and Mrs. Clinton had
signed a contract to purchase a $1.7 million
house in Chappaqua, New York, ending a
months-long guessing game over where the couple
would live after leaving the White House.
"Integrity needs no
Albert Camus, French author and philosopher