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On November 17th, 1800, Congress
held its first session in Washington in the
partially completed Capitol building.
On this date:
In 1558, Elizabeth the First
ascended the English throne upon the death of
In 1869, the Suez
Canal opened in Egypt.
In 1917, sculptor
August Rodin died in Meudon, France. (pictured
left: Rodin sculpture "The
Thinker" at La Villa des Brillants,
In 1925, actor
Rock Hudson was born in Winnetka, Illinois.
In 1934, Lyndon
Baines Johnson married Claudia Alta Taylor,
better known as "Lady Bird."
Washington's Dulles International Airport was
dedicated by President Kennedy.
In 1970, the
Soviet Union landed an unmanned,
remote-controlled vehicle on the moon, the
In 1973, President
Nixon told Associated Press managing editors
meeting in Orlando, Florida, "People have
got to know whether or not their president is a
crook. Well, I'm not a crook."
In 1979, Iran's
Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13
female and black American hostages being held at
the US Embassy in Tehran.
In 1997, 62
people, most of them foreign tourists, were
killed when six militants opened fire at the
Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt; the
attackers were killed by police.
Ten years ago:
President Bush, on the first visit to
Czechoslovakia by a US president, told a cheering
crowd of 100,000 in Prague that "America
will stand with you" through hard times
Five years ago:
The commander of US forces in the Pacific called
the rape of a 12-year-old Okinawan girl
"absolutely stupid" and said in
Washington the incident could have been avoided
if the US servicemen involved had simply paid for
sex. (Admiral Richard C. Macke later apologized
for his remarks, and took early retirement.)
One year ago:
Officials close to the investigation into the
crash of EgyptAir Flight 990 said a relief
co-pilot alone in the cockpit had said, in
Arabic: "I made my decision now; I put my
faith in God's hands" just before the
jetliner began its fatal plunge. (In Egypt,
relatives angrily rejected any notion that relief
co-pilot Gameel el-Batouty had deliberately
crashed the plane.)
"There's one thing
that keeps surprising you about stormy old
friends after they die -- their silence."
Ben Hecht, American author and screenwriter