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On October first, 1949, Communist
Party Chairman Mao Tse-tung raised the first flag of
the People's Republic of China during a ceremony
In 1800, Spain ceded Louisiana to
France in a secret treaty.
In 1885, special
delivery mail service began in the United States.
In 1896, the US
Post Office established Rural Free Delivery.
In 1908, Henry
Ford introduced the Model T automobile to the
In 1940, the first
section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, 160 miles
in length, was opened to the public.
In 1943, Allied
forces captured Naples during World War Two.
In 1961, Roger
Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home
run during a 162-game season, compared to Babe
Ruth's 60 home runs during a 154-game season.
In 1964, the Free
Speech Movement was launched at the University of
California at Berkeley.
In 1971, Walt
Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida.
In 1989, thousands
of East Germans received a triumphal welcome in
West Germany after the communist government
agreed to let them flee to the West.
Ten years ago:
President Bush, addressing the UN General
Assembly, again condemned Iraq's takeover of
Kuwait, but also suggested an unconditional
military withdrawal could help speed an end to
the Arab-Israeli conflict. Air Force General
Curtis E. LeMay died at March Air Force Base,
California, at age 83.
Five years ago:
Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and nine other defendants
were convicted in New York of conspiring to
attack the United States through bombings,
assassinations and kidnappings. An earthquake in
southwestern Turkey killed about 90 people.
One year ago:
South Korean activists thanked the US government
for promising to investigate an Associated Press
report that US forces allegedly killed several
hundred refugees at the start of the Korean War.
But the protesters also demanded the US punish
some of the veterans involved and compensate the
"Anything one man
can imagine, other men can make real."
Jules Verne, French author (1828-1905).