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On January ninth, 1788, Connecticut became the
fifth state to ratify the US Constitution.
On this date:
In 1793, Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a
hot-air balloon, flew between Philadelphia and
Woodbury, New Jersey.
In 1861, Mississippi
seceded from the Union.
In 1913, Richard
Milhous Nixon, the 37th president of the
United States, was born in Yorba Linda,
In 1945, during
World War Two, American forces began landing at
Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines.
In 1957, Anthony
Eden resigned as British prime minister.
In 1964, anti-US
rioting broke out in the Panama Canal Zone,
resulting in the deaths of 21 Panamanians and
three US soldiers.
In 1968, the
"Surveyor Seven" space probe made a
soft landing on the moon, marking the end of the
American series of unmanned explorations of the
In 1972, reclusive
billionaire Howard Hughes, speaking by telephone
from the Bahamas to reporters in Hollywood, said
a purported biography of him by Clifford Irving
was a fake.
In 1980, Saudi
Arabia beheaded 63 people for their involvement
in the November 1979 raid on the Grand Mosque in
In 1997, a Comair
commuter plane crashed 18 miles short of the
Detroit Metropolitan Airport, killing all 29
people on board.
Ten years ago: The
space shuttle "Columbia" was launched
on a ten-day mission that included the retrieval
of a drifting scientific satellite.
Five years ago: In
New York, the trial of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman
and eleven other defendants accused of conspiring
to wage a holy war against the United States
began. (All the defendants were convicted of
seditious conspiracy, except for two who had
reached plea agreements with the government.)
Severe flooding forced people to flee resort
communities in the hills north of San Francisco.
British comedian Peter Cook died in London at age
One year ago: At
the White House, presidential advisers prepared a
public and legal defense in President Clinton's
impeachment trial on charges of perjury and
obstruction of justice; Senate Majority Leader
Trent Lott, meanwhile, pledged "above all,
fairness" to the president.
"Those who give have
all things. They who withhold have nothing."