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On September 24th, 1789, Congress
passed the First Judiciary Act, which provided
for an attorney general and a Supreme Court.
On this date:
In 1869, thousands of businessmen were ruined in
a Wall Street panic after financiers Jay Gould
and James Fisk attempted to corner the gold
In 1896, author F.
Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Lieutenant James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY-2
Biplane over Mitchel Field in New York in the
first all-instrument flight. (Shown in 1991
In 1955, President
Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while on
vacation in Denver.
In 1957, the
Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets
Field, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-to-0.
In 1960, the USS
"Enterprise," the first nuclear-powered
aircraft carrier, was launched at Newport News,
In 1963, the US
Senate ratified a treaty with Britain and the
Soviet Union limiting nuclear testing.
In 1969, the trial
of the "Chicago Eight" (later seven)
began. (Five of the defendants were convicted of
crossing state lines to incite riots at the 1968
Democratic national convention, but the
convictions were ultimately overturned.)
In 1976, newspaper
heiress Patricia Hearst was sentenced to seven
years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank
robbery. (She was released after 22 months after
receiving clemency from President Carter.)
In 1998, the
government began releasing the new,
harder-to-counterfeit 20-dollar bill.
Ten years ago: The
Supreme Soviet voted to give preliminary approval
to a plan for switching the Soviet Union to a
free-market economy. South African President F.W.
de Klerk met at the White House with President
Five years ago:
Israel and the PLO agreed to sign a pact at the
White House ending nearly three decades of
Israeli occupation of West Bank cities. A
16-year-old boy in Cuers, France, killed 13
people before turning a gun on himself.
One year ago:
Oregon teenager Kip Kinkel, who killed his
parents and gunned down two classmates at school,
abandoned an insanity defense and pleaded guilty
to murder. (He was later sentenced to 112 years
without parole.) A jury acquitted former Italian
Premier Giulio Andreotti of the 1979 killing of a
"The easiest way to
get a reputation is go outside the fold, shout
around for a few years as a violent atheist or a
dangerous radical, and then crawl back to the
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940).