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On November 13th, 1789, Benjamin
Franklin wrote a letter to a friend in which
he said, "In this world nothing can be said
to be certain, except death and taxes."
On this date:
In 1775, during the American Revolution, US
forces captured Montreal.
In 1927, the
Holland Tunnel opened to the public, providing
access between New York City and New Jersey
beneath the Hudson River.
In 1940, the Walt
Disney animated movie "Fantasia" had
its world premiere in New York.
In 1942, the
minimum draft age was lowered from 21 to 18.
In 1956, the
Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial
segregation on public buses.
In 1969, speaking
in Des Moines, Iowa, Vice President Spiro T.
Agnew accused network television news departments
of bias and distortion, and urged viewers to
In 1974, Karen
Silkwood, a technician and union activist at the
Kerr-McGee Cimarron plutonium plant near
Crescent, Oklahoma, died in a car crash.
In 1977, the comic
strip "Li'l Abner" by Al Capp appeared
in newspapers for the last time.
In 1982, the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in
In 1985, some
23,000 residents of Armero, Colombia, died when a
gigantic mudslide buried the city.
Ten years ago:
Secretary of State James A. Baker the Third told
reporters in Hamilton, Bermuda, the Persian Gulf
crisis threatened world recession and the loss of
American jobs. Members of Congress demanded a
larger role in US Gulf policy following President
Bush's decision to send more US troops to the
Five years ago:
Seven people, including five Americans, were
killed when a bomb exploded at a military
training facility in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The
government braced for imminent partial shutdown
as President Clinton vetoed one budget bill and
prepared to reject another in a fiscal standoff
One year ago: The
Navy recovered the cockpit voice recorder from
EgyptAir Flight 990, which crashed into the
Atlantic Ocean October 31st with the loss of all
217 people aboard. Lennox Lewis became the
undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,
winning a unanimous decision over Evander
Holyfield in Las Vegas. Donald Mills, last
surviving member of the singing Mills Brothers,
died in Los Angeles at age 84.
"As you live,
believe in life. Always human beings will live
and profess to greater, broader and fuller life.
The only possible death is to lose belief in this
truth simply because the great end comes slowly,
because time is long."
W.E.B. Du Bois, American author and reformer