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Two hundred years ago, on December
14th, 1799, the first president of the United
States, George Washington, died at his Mount
Vernon home at age 67.
On this date:
In 1819, Alabama joined the
Union as the 22nd state.
In 1861, Prince
Albert, husband of Queen Victoria,
died in London.
In 1911, Norwegian
explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to
reach the South Pole, beating out an expedition
led by Robert F. Scott.
In 1939, the
Soviet Union was dropped from the League of
In 1946, the
United Nations General Assembly voted to
establish UN headquarters in New York.
In 1962, the US
space probe "Mariner Two" approached
Venus, transmitting information about the planet.
In 1980, fans
around the world paid tribute to John Lennon, six
days after he was shot to death in New York City.
In 1981, Israel
annexed the Golan Heights, which it had seized
from Syria in 1967.
In 1986, the
experimental aircraft "Voyager,"
piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off
from Edwards Air Force Base in California on the
first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the
In 1988, President
Reagan authorized the US to enter into a
"substantive dialogue" with the
Palestine Liberation Organization, after chairman
Yasser Arafat said he was renouncing "all
forms of terrorism."
Ten years ago:
Nobel Peace laureate Andrei D. Sakharov died in
Moscow at age 68.
Five years ago: A
federal judge granted a preliminary injunction
blocking almost all of Proposition 187's bans
affecting illegal immigrants in California.
Former Arkansas Governor Orval E. Faubus, whose
refusal to let nine black students into Little
Rock's Central High School in 1957 forced
President Eisenhower to send in federal troops,
died at age 84.
One year ago:
President Clinton stood witness as hundreds of
Palestinian leaders renounced a call for the
destruction of Israel.
"To the memory of
the Man, first in war, first in peace, and first
in the hearts of his countrymen."
Henry Lee, American governor (1756-1818) on the
death of George Washington.