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On September 20th, 1519, Portuguese
navigator Ferdinand Magellan set out from Spain
on a voyage to find a western passage to the
Spice Islands in Indonesia. (Magellan was killed
enroute, but one of his ships eventually circled
In 1870, Italian troops took control of the Papal
States, leading to the unification of Italy.
In 1881, Chester
A. Arthur was sworn in as the 21st president
of the United States, succeeding James A.
Garfield, who had been assassinated.
In 1884, the Equal
Rights Party was formed during a convention of
suffragists in San Francisco. The convention
nominated Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood for
In 1947, former
New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia died.
In 1962, black
student James Meredith was blocked from enrolling
at the University of Mississippi by Governor Ross
R. Barnett. (Meredith was later admitted.)
In 1963, President
Kennedy proposed a joint US-Soviet expedition to
singer-songwriter Jim Croce died in a plane crash
near Natchitoches, Louisiana; he was 30.
Jean-Bedel Bokassa, self-styled head of the
Central African Empire, was overthrown in a
French-supported coup while on a visit to Libya.
In 1984, a suicide
car bomber attacked the US Embassy annex in north
Beirut, killing a dozen people.
In 1989, F.W. de
Klerk was sworn in as president of South Africa.
Ten years ago:
Demanding equal time, Iraq asked US networks to
broadcast a message by President Saddam Hussein
in response to President Bush's videotaped
address to the Iraqi people.
Five years ago: In
a move that stunned Wall Street, AT&T
Corporation announced it was splitting into three
companies. Bosnian Serb rebels pulled back enough
heavy weapons from around Sarajevo to keep NATO
airstrikes at bay.
One year ago:
Lawrence Russell Brewer became the second white
supremacist to be convicted in the dragging death
of James Byrd Junior in Jasper, Texas. (Brewer
was later sentenced to death.) Heavily armed
international peacekeepers landed in East Timor,
clearing the way for the rest of a UN-approved
force charged with restoring order. Raisa
Gorbachev, wife of the last Soviet leader,
Mikhail Gorbachev, died after a battle with
leukemia; she was 67.
"I believe that man
will not merely endure: he will prevail."
William Faulkner, American author (1897-1962).