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On September 19th, 1777, during the
Revolutionary War, American soldiers won the
first Battle of Saratoga.
On this date:
In 1796, President Washington's farewell address
In 1881, the 20th
president of the United States, James A.
Garfield, died of wounds inflicted by an
addressing the annual dinner of The Associated
Press in New York, Mark Twain said there were "only
two forces that can carry light to all the
corners of the globe ... the sun in the heavens
and The Associated Press down here."
In 1934, Bruno
Hauptmann was arrested in New York and charged
with the kidnap-murder of the Lindbergh infant.
In 1955, President
Juan Peron of Argentina was ousted after a revolt
by the army and navy.
In 1957, the
United States conducted its first underground
nuclear test, in the Nevada desert.
In 1959, Soviet
leader Nikita Khrushchev reacted angrily during a
visit to Los Angeles upon being told that, for
security reasons, he wouldn't be allowed to visit
In 1960, Cuban
leader Fidel Castro, in New York to visit the
United Nations, angrily checked out of the
Shelburne Hotel in a dispute with the management.
In 1970, "The
Mary Tyler Moore Show" debuted on CBS TV.
In 1985, the
Mexico City area was struck by the first of two
devastating quakes that claimed some six-thousand
Ten years ago:
Iraq began confiscating foreign assets from
countries that were imposing sanctions against
the Baghdad government.
Five years ago:
The New York Times and The Washington Post
published the Unabomber's manifesto. The Senate
passed a welfare overhaul bill. The US ambassador
and the commander of American forces in Japan
apologized for the rape of an Okinawan schoolgirl
committed by three US servicemen.
One year ago:
German voters handed Chancellor Gerhard
Schroeder's governing Social Democrats a
humiliating defeat in elections in the eastern
state of Saxony, giving it just eleven percent of
"There is no such
thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There
are intersecting monologues, that is all."
Dame Rebecca West, Irish-born novelist