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On November 30th, 1782, the United States and
Britain signed preliminary peace articles in
Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
On this date:
In 1804, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase went
on trial, accused of political bias. (He was
acquitted by the Senate.)
In 1835, Samuel Langhorne
Clemens -- better known as author Mark
Twain -- was born in Florida, Missouri.
In 1874, British
statesman Sir Winston Churchill was born at
In 1900, Irish
author Oscar Wilde died in Paris.
In 1936, London's
famed Crystal Palace, constructed for the
International Exhibition of 1851, was destroyed
in a fire.
In 1939, the
Russo-Finnish War began as Soviet troops invaded
In 1949, Chinese
Communists captured Chungking.
In 1962, U Thant
of Burma was elected Secretary-General of the
United Nations, succeeding the late Dag
In 1966, the
former British colony of Barbados became
In 1993, President
Clinton signed into law the Brady gun control
Ten years ago:
President Bush left Washington for his first
summit with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev
that took place aboard ships off the
Mediterranean island of Malta. Alfred Herrhausen,
chairman of West Germany's largest bank, was
killed in a bombing claimed by the Red Army
Five years ago:
Two passengers died and nearly one-thousand
others and crew members fled the cruise ship
"Achille Lauro" after it caught fire
off the coast of Somalia; the ship sank two days
later. (The Achille Lauro had gained notoriety in
1985 when it was hijacked by Palestinian
One year ago:
Quebec's separatist premier, Lucien Bouchard, was
returned to power, but with only 43 percent of
the vote, setting back the Parti Quebecois' goal
of seeking independence from Canada. Deutsche
Bank AG officially announced it was acquiring
Bankers Trust Corporation for more than $10
"`Classic': a book
which people praise and don't read."
Mark Twain (1835-1910).