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On December second, 1859, militant abolitionist
John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harper's
Ferry the previous October.
On this date:
In 1804, Napoleon was crowned emperor of France.
In 1816, the first
savings bank in the United States, the
Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, opened for
In 1823, President
Monroe outlined his doctrine opposing European
expansion in the Western Hemisphere.
In 1939, New
York's La Guardia Airport began operations as an
airliner from Chicago landed at one minute past
In 1942, a
self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was
demonstrated for the first time at the University
In 1954, the
Senate voted to condemn Senator Joseph R.
McCarthy (Republican, Wisconsin) for
"conduct that tends to bring the Senate into
dishonor and disrepute."
In 1961, Cuban leader Fidel
Castro declared himself a
Marxist-Leninist who would lead Cuba to
In 1969, the
Boeing 747 jumbo jet got its first public preview
as 191 people, most of them reporters and
photographers, flew from Seattle to New York
In 1970, the
Environmental Protection Agency began operating
under director William Ruckelshaus.
In 1993, Colombian
drug lord Pablo Escobar was shot to death by
security forces in Medellin.
Ten years ago:
President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S.
Gorbachev held the first talks of their
wind-tossed Malta summit aboard the Soviet cruise
ship "Maxim Gorky." V.P. Singh was
sworn in as prime minister of India.
Five years ago:
The government agreed not to seek a recall of
allegedly fire-prone General Motors pickup
trucks, striking a deal with GM under which the
automaker would spend more than $51 million on
safety and research. Reputed "Hollywood
Madam" Heidi Fleiss was convicted in Los
Angeles of three counts of pandering.
One year ago:
Former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy was
acquitted of all counts in a corruption case
involving sports tickets and travel that he'd
accepted from companies that did business with
"Trouble is only
opportunity in work clothes."
Henry J. Kaiser, American industrialist