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On November 21st, 1789, North
Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the US
On this date:
In 1877, inventor Thomas
A. Edison announced the invention of his
In 1899, Vice
President Garret A. Hobart, serving under
President McKinley, died in Paterson, New Jersey,
at age 55.
In 1922, Rebecca
L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first
woman to serve in the US Senate.
In 1942, the
Alaska highway across Canada was formally opened.
In 1964, New
York's Verrazano Narrows Bridge opened.
In 1969, the
Senate voted down the Supreme Court nomination of
Clement F. Haynsworth, the first such rejection
In 1973, President
Nixon's attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, revealed the
existence of an 18.5-minute gap in one of the
White House tape recordings related to Watergate.
In 1979, a mob
attacked the US Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan,
killing two Americans.
eighty-seven people died in a fire at the MGM
Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 1980, an
estimated 83 million TV viewers tuned in to the
CBS prime-time soap opera "Dallas" to
find out "who shot J.R." (It turned out
to be Kristin Shephard, played by Mary Crosby.)
Ten years ago:
President Bush arrived in Saudi Arabia, where he
conferred with Saudi King Fahd and Kuwait's
exiled emir. Junk-bond financier Michael R.
Milken, who had pleaded guilty to six felony
counts, was sentenced by a federal judge in New
York to ten years in prison (Milken served two).
Five years ago:
Balkan leaders meeting in Dayton, Ohio, initialed
a peace plan to end three and a-half years of
ethnic fighting in Bosnia-Herzegovina. France
detonated a fourth underground nuclear blast at
its test site in the South Pacific. The Dow Jones
industrial average closed above the five-thousand
mark for the first time.
One year ago:
President Clinton, speaking at a conference in
Florence, Italy, called on prosperous nations to
spread global wealth by helping poor countries
with Internet hookups, cell phones, debt relief
and small loans. China completed its first
unmanned test of a spacecraft meant to carry
astronauts. Quentin Crisp, the eccentric writer,
performer and raconteur best-known for his
autobiography "The Naked Civil
Servant," died in Manchester, England, at
"A concept is
stronger than a fact."
Charlotte P. Gilman, American lecturer and author