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On January 30th, 1968, during the
Vietnam War, the Tet Offensive began as Communist
forces launched surprise attacks against South
Vietnamese provincial capitals.
On this date:
In 1649, England's King Charles the First was
In 1798, a brawl
broke out in the House of Representatives in
Philadelphia, as Matthew Lyon of Vermont spat in
the face of Roger Griswold of Connecticut.
In 1882, the 32nd
president of the United States, Franklin Delano
Roosevelt, was born in Hyde Park, New York.
In 1933, Adolf
Hitler became chancellor of Germany.
In 1933, the first
episode of the "Lone Ranger" radio
program was broadcast on station WXYZ in Detroit.
In 1948, Indian
political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi was
murdered by a Hindu extremist.
In 1962, two
members of the "Flying Wallendas"
high-wire act were killed when their seven-person
pyramid collapsed during a performance in
In 1964, the
United States launched "Ranger Six," an
unmanned spacecraft carrying television cameras
that was to crash-land on the moon.
In 1972, 13 Roman
Catholic civil rights marchers were shot to death
by British soldiers in Northern Ireland on what
became known as "Bloody Sunday."
In 1979, the
civilian government of Iran announced it had
decided to allow Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
(hoh-MAY'-nee), who'd been living in exile in
France, to return.
Ten years ago: A
federal judge ordered former President Reagan to
provide excerpts of his personal diaries to John
M. Poindexter for the former national security
adviser's upcoming Iran-Contra trial. (However,
the judge later reversed himself, deciding the
material was not essential.)
Five years ago: At
least 42 people were killed and nearly 300
wounded when a car bomb blamed on Muslim
insurgents exploded in downtown Algiers. The
Smithsonian Institution abandoned plans for a
major exhibit on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima,
yielding to critics who charged the exhibit would
have portrayed America as the aggressor and Japan
as the victim in World War Two.
One year ago: NATO
authorized its secretary-general to launch
military action in Yugoslavia if the warring
parties failed to negotiate an agreement for
autonomy in Kosovo.
"The only tyrant I accept in
this world is the `still small voice' within
Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948).