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On April fifth, 1792, George
Washington cast the first presidential veto,
rejecting a congressional measure for
apportioning representatives among the states.
On this date:
In 1614, American Indian princess
Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in
In 1621, the
"Mayflower" sailed from Plymouth,
Massachusetts, on a return trip to England.
In 1649, Elihu
Yale, the English philanthropist for whom Yale
University is named, was born.
playwright Oscar Wilde lost his criminal libel
case against the Marquess of Queensberry, who'd
accused the writer of homosexual practices.
In 1951, Julius
and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death
following their conviction on charges of
conspiring to commit espionage for the Soviet
In 1964, Army
General Douglas MacArthur died in Washington at
nationalist Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek died
at age 87.
In 1976, reclusive
billionaire Howard Hughes died in Houston at age
In 1988, a 15-day
hijacking ordeal began as gunmen forced a Kuwait
Airways jumbo jet to land in Iran.
In 1997, Allen
Ginsberg, the counterculture guru who shattered
conventions as poet laureate of the Beat
Generation, died in New York City at age 70.
Ten years ago: The
United States and the Soviet Union announced that
President Bush and Soviet President Gorbachev
would hold their first full-scale summit in the
United States in late May-early June.
Five years ago:
The House of Representatives passed, 246-to-188,
a tax-cut bill, the final major item in the
Republicans' "Contract with America."
One year ago: NATO
missiles and aircraft blasted Serbian targets
inside Yugoslavia for a 13th straight day. The
United Nations suspended sanctions against Libya
after Moammar Gadhafi surrendered two suspected
Libyan intelligence agents for trial in the 1988
Pan Am bombing. In Laramie, Wyoming, Russell
Henderson pleaded guilty to kidnapping and felony
murder in the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay
"Birth, ancestry and
that which you yourself have not achieved can
hardly be called your own."