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On November fourth, 1979, the Iranian hostage
crisis began as militants stormed the
United States Embassy in Tehran. For some of the
hostages, it was the start of 444 days of
In 1842, Abraham Lincoln married Mary
in Springfield, Illinois.
In 1880, the first
cash register was patented by James and John
Ritty of Dayton, Ohio.
In 1884, Democrat
Grover Cleveland was elected to his first term as
president, defeating Republican James G. Blaine.
In 1922, the
entrance to King Tutankhamen's tomb was
discovered in Egypt.
In 1939, the
United States modified its neutrality stance in
World War Two, allowing "cash and
carry" purchases of arms by belligerents, a
policy favoring Britain and France.
In 1942, during
World War Two, Axis forces retreated from El
Alamein in North Africa in a major victory for
British forces commanded by Field Marshal Bernard
In 1952, Dwight D.
Eisenhower was elected president, defeating
Democrat Adlai Stevenson.
In 1956, Soviet
troops moved in to crush the Hungarian
In 1980, Ronald
Reagan won the White House as he defeated
President Carter by a strong margin.
In 1991, former
President Reagan opened his library in Simi
Ten years ago:
Iraq issued a new broadside, saying it was
prepared to fight a "dangerous war"
rather than give up Kuwait. Secretary of State
James Baker visited US troops in the Saudi
Arabian desert. Douglas Wakiihuri of Kenya and
Wanda Panfil of Poland won the New York City
Five years ago:
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was
assassinated by a right-wing Israeli minutes
after attending a festive peace rally.
One year ago:
Aaron McKinney, who beat gay college student
Matthew Shepard and left him to die on the
Wyoming prairie, avoided the death penalty by
agreeing to serve life in prison without parole
and promising never to appeal his conviction.
Some ten-thousand Iranian students rallied
outside the former US Embassy in Tehran to mark
the 20th anniversary of its seizure by Islamic
"Drop the question
what tomorrow may bring, and count as profit
every day that Fate allows you."
Horace, Roman poet (65 B.C.-8 B.C.)