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On January 27th, 1756, composer Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg,
In 1832, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote
"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
under the pen name Lewis Carroll, was born in
In 1880, Thomas
Edison received a patent for his electric
In 1944, the
Soviet Union announced the end of the deadly
German siege of Leningrad, which had lasted for
more than two years.
In 1945, Soviet
troops liberated the Nazi concentration camps
Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.
In 1951, an era of
atomic testing in the Nevada desert began as an
Air Force plane dropped a one-kiloton bomb on
astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom,
Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a
flash fire during a test aboard their
"Apollo One" spacecraft at Cape
In 1967, more than
60 nations signed a treaty banning the orbiting
of nuclear weapons.
In 1973, the
Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris.
In 1977, the
Vatican reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's
ban on female priests.
In 1981, President
Reagan greeted the 52 former American hostages
released by Iran.
Ten years ago: In
Romania, four top associates of executed dictator
Nicolae Ceausescu went on trial, charged with
Five years ago:
House Majority Leader Dick Armey apologized for
calling Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, an
acknowledged homosexual, "Barney Fag"
during an interview, saying it was an innocent
slip of the tongue. About five-thousand mourners
gathered at the site of the Nazi death camp
Auschwitz to commemorate the 50th anniversary of
One year ago: The
Republican-controlled Senate blocked dismissal of
the impeachment case against President Clinton
and then voted for new testimony from Monica
Lewinsky and two other witnesses -- but by
margins well short of the two-thirds needed to
oust the president.
"All history is
Wallace Stevens, American poet and author