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On February 24th, 1868, the House
of Representatives impeached President
Andrew Johnson following his attempted
dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton;
Johnson was later acquitted by the Senate.
On this date:
In 1821, Mexico declared its independence from
In 1863, Arizona
was organized as a territory.
In 1903, the
United States signed an agreement acquiring a
naval station at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
In 1920, a
fledgling German political party held its first
meeting of importance in Munich; it became known
as the Nazi Party, and its chief spokesman was
In 1945, American
soldiers liberated the Philippine capital of
Manila from Japanese control during World War
In 1955, the Cole
Porter musical "Silk Stockings" opened
at the Imperial Theater on Broadway.
In 1980, the US
hockey team defeated Finland, four goals to two,
to clinch the gold medal at the Winter Olympic
Games in Lake Placid, New York.
Buckingham Palace announced the engagement of
Britain's Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.
In 1983, a
congressional commission released a report
condemning the internment of Japanese-Americans
during World War Two as a "grave
In 1989, a state
funeral was held in Japan for Emperor Hirohito,
who had died the month before at age 87.
Ten years ago:
Magazine publisher Malcolm Forbes died in Far
Hills, New Jersey, at age 70. Fifties balladeer
Johnnie Ray died in Los Angeles at age 63.
Five years ago:
Under pressure from farm-state Republicans, House
leaders abandoned a campaign promise to disband
the food stamp program.
One year ago: The
Senate voted overwhelmingly to give the nation's
military the biggest benefits increase since the
early 1980s. Lauryn Hill won a record five
Grammys, including album of the year and best new
artist, on the strength of her solo debut album,
"The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
"Nothing is more
difficult for Americans to understand than the
possibility of tragedy."
Henry A. Kissinger, former US Secretary of State