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On September seventh, 1940, Nazi Germany began
its initial "blitz" on London during
World War Two.
On this date:
In 1825, the Marquis de Lafayette, the French
hero of the American Revolution, bade farewell to
President John Quincy Adams at the White House.
In 1901, the Peace
of Beijing ended the Boxer Rebellion in China.
In 1936, rock
legend Buddy Holly was born Charles Hardin
Holley in Lubbock, Texas.
In 1963, the
National Professional Football Hall of Fame was
dedicated in Canton, Ohio.
In 1969, Senate
Republican leader Everett M. Dirksen died in
In 1977, the
Panama Canal treaties, calling for the US to
eventually turn over control of the waterway to
Panama, were signed in Washington.
In 1977, convicted
Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy was
released from prison after more than four years.
In 1979, the
Entertainment and Sports Programming Network
(ESPN) made its cable TV debut.
In 1986, Desmond
Tutu was installed as the first black to lead the
Anglican Church in southern Africa.
In 1998, St. Louis
Cardinal Mark McGwire equaled Roger Maris'
single-season home run record as he hit number 61
during a game against the Chicago Cubs.
Ten years ago:
President Bush left for his one-day Finland
summit with Soviet President Mikhail S.
Gorbachev. Kimberly Bergalis of Fort Pierce,
Florida, came forward to identify herself as the
young woman who had been infected with AIDS,
apparently by her late dentist. (Bergalis died
the following year.)
Five years ago:
After 27 years in the Senate, Bob Packwood
(Republican, Oregon) announced he would resign,
heading off a vote by colleagues to expel him for
allegations of sexual and official misconduct.
The space shuttle "Endeavour" thundered
into orbit with five astronauts on a mission to
release and recapture a pair of science
One year ago:
Indonesia imposed martial law in East Timor,
promising to crack down on rampaging
pro-Indonesian militias after the territory's
vote for independence. A 5.9 earthquake in
Athens, Greece, claimed 143 lives. It was
announced that Viacom Incorporated was buying CBS
Corporation for $36 billion -- the richest media
merger in history.
"My definition of an
educated man is the fellow who knows the right
thing to do at the time it has to be done. ...
You can be sincere and still be stupid."
Charles F. Kettering, American inventor