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On September 27th, 1939, Warsaw,
Poland, surrendered after weeks of resistance to
invading forces from Nazi Germany and the Soviet
Union during World War Two.
On this date:
In 1779, John Adams was named to negotiate the
Revolutionary War's peace terms with Britain.
In 1854, the first
great disaster involving an Atlantic Ocean liner
occurred when the steamship "Arctic"
sank with 300 people aboard.
In 1928, the
United States said it was recognizing the
Nationalist Chinese government.
In 1942, Glenn
Miller and his Orchestra performed together for
the last time, at the Central Theater in Passaic,
New Jersey, prior to Miller's entry into the
"Tonight!" hosted by
Steve Allen, made its debut on NBC TV.
In 1959, Soviet
leader Nikita Khrushchev concluded his visit to
the United States.
In 1959, a typhoon
battered the main Japanese island of Honshu,
killing nearly five-thousand people.
In 1964, the
Warren Commission issued a report concluding that
Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in
assassinating President Kennedy.
In 1979, Congress
gave final approval to forming the Department of
Education, the 13th Cabinet agency in US history.
In 1994, more than
350 Republican congressional candidates gathered
on the steps of the US Capitol to sign the
"Contract with America," a ten-point
platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a
GOP majority to the House.
Ten years ago: The
deposed emir of Kuwait delivered an emotional
address to the UN General Assembly in which he
denounced the "rape, destruction and
terror" inflicted upon his country by Iraq.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the
Supreme Court nomination of David H. Souter.
Five years ago: At
the O.J. Simpson trial, the prosecution and
defense presented dueling summations. The
government unveiled its redesigned 100-dollar
bill, featuring a larger, off-center portrait of
One year ago:
Senator John McCain of Arizona officially opened
his campaign for the Republican presidential
nomination, the same day former Vice President
Dan Quayle dropped his White House bid. Tiger
Stadium closed in grand fashion after 87 years as
the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals, 8-to-2.
"Sanity is a madness
put to good uses."
-- George Santayana,
Spanish-American philosopher (1863-1952).