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On September 12th, 1960, Democratic
presidential candidate John F. Kennedy addressed
the issue of his Roman Catholic faith, telling a
Protestant group in Houston, "I do not speak
for my church on public matters, and the church
does not speak for me."
On this date:
In 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson sailed
into the river that now bears his name.
In 1880, author
and journalist H.L. Mencken was born in Baltimore.
In 1938, Adolf
Hitler demanded self-determination for the
Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia.
In 1943, German
paratroopers took Benito Mussolini from the hotel
where he was being held by the Italian
In 1944, during
World War Two, US Army troops entered Germany for
the first time, near Trier.
In 1977, South
African black student leader Steven Biko died
while in police custody, triggering an
In 1986, Joseph
Cicippio, the acting comptroller at the American
University in Beirut, was kidnapped; he was
released in December 1991.
In 1988, Hurricane
"Gilbert" slammed into Jamaica with
torrential rains and winds of 145 miles-an-hour,
killing 45 people and causing damage estimated at
up to $1 billion.
In 1992, the space
shuttle "Endeavour" blasted off,
carrying Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first
married couple in space; Mae Jemison, the first
black woman in space; and Mamoru Mohri, the first
Japanese national to fly on a US spaceship.
In 1992, police in
Peru captured Shining Path founder Abimael
Ten years ago:
Representatives of the World War Two allies and
West and East Germany signed a treaty in Moscow
giving international sanction to German unity.
Five years ago:
The Belarussian military shot down a hydrogen
balloon during an international race, killing its
two American pilots.
One year ago:
Under intense international pressure, Indonesia
announced it would allow an international
peacekeeping force to restore order to the
devastated territory of East Timor. Andre Agassi
captured his second US Open title, dominating
Todd Martin 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-2.
"The Practice" and "Ally
McBeal," both created by writer-producer
David E. Kelley, were named best drama series and
best comedy series at the 51st Emmy Awards.
the judgment and quickens the conscience like
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American feminist