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On November 15th, 1939, President
Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson
Memorial in Washington DC.
On this date:
In 1777, the Continental Congress approved the
Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the
Constitution of the United States.
In 1806, explorer
Zebulon Pike sighted the mountaintop now known as
In 1889, Brazil's
monarchy was overthrown.
In 1926, the
National Broadcasting Company debuted with a
radio network of 24 stations.
In 1940, the first
75,000 men were called to armed forces duty under
In 1966, the
flight of "Gemini 12" ended
successfully as astronauts James A. Lovell and
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Junior splashed
down safely in the Atlantic.
In 1969, a quarter
of a million protesters staged a peaceful
demonstration in Washington against the Vietnam
In 1982, funeral
services were held in Moscow's Red Square for the
late Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev.
In 1985, Britain
and Ireland signed an accord giving Dublin an
official consultative role in governing Northern
In 1998, Kwame
Ture, the civil rights activist formerly known as
Stokely Carmichael, died in Guinea at age 57.
Ten years ago: The
Senate Ethics Committee began hearings on the
"Keating Five," senators accused of
going too far in helping failed savings-and-loan
owner Charles H. Keating Junior. The space
shuttle "Atlantis" was launched on a
secret military mission. Milli Vanilli's producer
confirmed rumors the duo had not done any of the
singing on their debut album, "Girl You Know
Five years ago: A
partial government shutdown stretched into a
second day. The space shuttle
"Atlantis" docked with the orbiting
Russian space station "Mir."
One year ago: The
Clinton administration claimed victory in a
seven-year struggle to persuade Congress to pay
nearly $1 billion in back dues to the United
Nations, saying restrictions in the deal on
backing for international family planning would
have no practical effect. Chinese and US
negotiators reached a breakthrough agreement to
remove trade barriers, clearing the biggest
hurdle to China's entry into the World Trade
"What was once
thought can never be unthought."
Friedrich Durrenmatt, Swiss author and playwright