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On November first, 1952, the United
States exploded the first hydrogen bomb
at Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands.
On this date:
In 1604, William Shakespeare's
tragedy "Othello" was first presented
at Whitehall Palace in London.
Shakespeare's romantic comedy "The
Tempest" was first presented at Whitehall.
In 1765, the Stamp
Act went into effect, prompting stiff resistance
from American colonists.
In 1861, General
George B. McClellan was made General-in-Chief of
the Union armies.
In 1870, the
United States Weather Bureau made its first
In 1950, two
Puerto Rican nationalists tried to force their
way into Blair House in Washington to assassinate
President Truman. The attempt failed, and one of
the pair was killed.
In 1954, the
western African nation of Algeria began its
rebellion against French rule.
In 1973, following
the "Saturday Night Massacre," Acting
Attorney General Robert H. Bork appointed Leon
Jaworski to be the new Watergate special
prosecutor, succeeding Archibald Cox.
In 1979, former
first lady Mamie Eisenhower died in Washington DC
at age 82.
In 1989, East
Germany reopened its border with Czechoslovakia,
prompting tens of thousands of refugees to flee
to the West.
Ten years ago:
During a trip to Orlando, Florida, President Bush
accused Iraqi forces of engaging in
"barbarism" and "brutality,"
adding, "I don't believe that Adolf Hitler
ever participated in anything of that
Five years ago:
Bosnia peace talks opened in Dayton, Ohio, with
the leaders of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia
present. The House voted to ban so-called
"partial birth" abortions by a vote of
One year ago:
Coast Guard crews searching for clues in the
crash of EgyptAir Flight 990, which claimed 217
lives, found the first large piece of wreckage
off the New England coast. Former Chicago Bears
running back Walter Payton, the NFL's all-time
leading rusher, died of bile duct cancer at age
"Good taste is the
worst vice ever invented."
Dame Edith Sitwell, English poet (1887-1964).