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On November 16th, 1864, Union General
William T. Sherman and his troops began their
"March to the Sea" during the Civil
In 1776, British troops captured
Fort Washington during the American Revolution.
In 1885, Canadian
rebel Louis Riel was executed for high treason.
In 1907, Oklahoma
became the 46th state of the union.
In 1933, the
United States and the Soviet Union established
In 1959, the
Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound
of Music" opened on Broadway.
In 1961, House
Speaker Samuel T. Rayburn died in Bonham, Texas,
having served as speaker since 1940 except for
In 1966, Dr.
Samuel H. Sheppard was acquitted in his second
trial of charges he'd murdered his pregnant wife,
Marilyn, in 1954.
"Skylab Three," carrying a crew of
three astronauts, was launched from Cape
Canaveral, Florida, on an 84-day mission.
In 1973, President
Nixon signed the Alaska Pipeline measure into
In 1982, an
agreement was announced in the 57th day of a
strike by National Football League players.
Ten years ago:
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev told an
angry Soviet legislature he would fire government
and military officials blocking his reform plans.
Four of the so-called "Keating Five"
went before the Senate Ethics Committee to deny
any wrongdoing in helping failed savings-and-loan
owner Charles H. Keating Junior.
Five years ago:
Refusing to yield, President Clinton threatened
anew to veto the latest Republican offer to end a
three-day partial government shutdown; Democrats
savaged House Speaker Newt Gingrich for claiming
Clinton had snubbed him recently aboard Air Force
One. Attorney General Janet Reno disclosed she
has Parkinson's disease.
One year ago:
Nathaniel Abraham, at 13 one of the youngest
murder defendants in US history, was convicted in
Pontiac, Michigan, of second-degree murder for
shooting a stranger outside a convenience store
with a rifle when he was eleven. (Nathaniel was
sentenced to juvenile detention, with a deferred
decision on whether he will serve adult prison
"History is a
combination of reality and lies. The reality of
History becomes a lie. The unreality of the fable
becomes the truth."
Jean Cocteau (zhan kawk-toh'), French author,
director, poet (1889-1963).