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On September 25th, 1981, Sandra
Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female
justice on the Supreme Court.
On this date:
In 1690, one of the earliest American newspapers,
"Publick Occurrences," published its
first -- and last -- edition in Boston.
In 1775, American
Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen was captured
by the British as he led an attack on Montreal.
In 1789, the first
United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to
the Constitution and sent them to the states for
ratification. (Ten of the amendments became the
Bill of Rights.)
In 1890, President
Benjamin Harrison signed a measure establishing
Sequoia National Park.
In 1890, Wilford
Woodruff, president of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints, issued a Manifesto formally
renouncing the practice of polygamy.
In 1897, American
author William Faulkner was born in New Albany,
In 1957, with 300
US Army troops standing guard, nine black
children forced to withdraw from Central High
School in Little Rock, Arkansas, because of
unruly white crowds were escorted to class.
In 1973, the
three-man crew of the US space laboratory
"Skylab Two" splashed down safely in
the Pacific Ocean after spending 59 days in
In 1978, 144
people were killed when a Pacific Southwest
Airlines Boeing 727 and a private plane collided
over San Diego.
In 1979, the
musical "Evita" opened on Broadway.
Ten years ago: The
UN Security Council voted 14-to-1 to impose an
air embargo against Iraq (Cuba cast the lone
dissenting vote). In a videotaped message to
Americans, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein warned
that if President Bush launched a war against his
country, "it would not be up to him to end
Five years ago:
Ross Perot announced he would form a new
Independence Party that would field its own White
House candidate and would try to be the swing
vote in congressional races.
One year ago: Vice
President Al Gore and former Senator Bill Bradley
squared off in back-to-back speeches to the
Democratic National Committee as each sought
support for his 2000 presidential campaign.
"History is too
serious to be left to historians."
Iain Macleod, British politician (1913-1970).