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On February first, 1960, four black
college students began a sit-in protest
at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina,
where they'd been refused service.
On this date:
In 1861, Texas voted to secede from the Union.
In 1893, inventor
Thomas A. Edison completed work on the world's
first motion picture studio, his "Black
Maria," in West Orange, New Jersey.
In 1896, Puccini's
opera "La Boheme" premiered in Turin.
In 1920, the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police came into existence.
In 1943, one of
America's most highly decorated military units of
World War Two, the 442d Regimental Combat Team,
made up almost entirely of Japanese-Americans,
In 1946, Norwegian
statesman Trygve Lie was chosen to be the first
secretary-general of the United Nations.
In 1968, during
the Vietnam War, Saigon's police chief (Nguyen
Ngoc Loan) executed a Viet Cong officer with a
pistol shot to the head in a scene captured in a
famous news photograph.
In 1979, Ayatollah
Ruhollah Khomeini received a tumultuous welcome
in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile.
In 1979, newspaper
heiress Patricia Hearst, whose prison sentence
for bank robbery had been commuted by President
Jimmy Carter, left a federal prison near San
In 1991, 35 people
were killed when a USAir jetliner crashed atop a
commuter plane at Los Angeles International
Ten years ago:
East Germany's Communist premier, Hans Modrow,
appealed for negotiations with West Germany to
forge a "united fatherland."
Five years ago:
The Federal Reserve boosted interest rates by
one-half of a percent, the seventh rate hike in a
year. House Republicans pushed through a bill
restricting the federal government's ability to
impose unfunded mandates on states.
One year ago: With
the promise of huge federal surpluses, President
Clinton proposed a $1.77 trillion budget for
fiscal 2000. Former White House intern Monica
Lewinsky gave a deposition that was videotaped
for senators weighing impeachment charges against
"When you look into
a mirror you do not see your reflection -- your
reflection sees you."