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On December 15th, 1939, the motion
picture "Gone With the Wind"
had its world premiere in Atlanta.
On this date:
In 1791, the Bill of Rights went into effect
following ratification by Virginia.
In 1890, Sioux
Indian Chief Sitting Bull and eleven other tribe
members were killed in Grand River, South Dakota,
during a fracas with Indian police.
In 1916, the
French defeated the Germans in the World War One
Battle of Verdun.
groundbreaking ceremonies for the Jefferson
Memorial took place in Washington DC.
In 1944, a
single-engine plane carrying bandleader Glenn
Miller disappeared over the English Channel while
en route to Paris.
In 1948, former
State Department official Alger Hiss was indicted
by a federal grand jury in New York on charges of
perjury. (He was convicted in 1950.)
In 1961, former
Nazi official Adolf Eichmann was sentenced to
death by an Israeli court.
In 1965, two US
manned spacecraft, "Gemini Six" and
"Gemini Seven," maneuvered to within
ten feet of each other while in orbit.
In 1978, President
Carter announced he would grant diplomatic
recognition to Communist China on New Year's Day
and sever official relations with Taiwan.
In 1979, the
deposed Shah of Iran left the United States for
Panama, the same day the International Court of
Justice in The Hague ruled that Iran should
release all its American hostages.
Ten years ago: A
popular uprising that resulted in the downfall of
Romania's Nicolae Ceausescu began as
demonstrators gathered in Timisoara to prevent
the arrest of the Reverend Laszlo Tokes, a
dissident clergyman. Drug trafficker Gonzalo
Rodriguez Gacha was killed in northern Colombia
following a shootout with police.
Five years ago:
President Clinton, in a 12-minute prime-time
address, presented a package of tax cuts for
middle-income families raising children, and
outlined deep reductions in government programs
to help pay for them.
One year ago:
President Clinton concluded his three-day Middle
East journey on a disappointing note as Israel
refused to resume the West Bank troop withdrawals
called for under the Wye River peace accord;
nevertheless, Clinton declared his trip a
"If you want to make
enemies, try to change something."
President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924).