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On June 24th, 1908, the 22nd and 24th president
of the United States, Grover
Cleveland, died in Princeton, New Jersey, at
In 1497, the first recorded sighting of North
America by a European took place as explorer John
Cabot spotted land, probably in present-day
In 1509, Henry the
Eighth was crowned king of England.
In 1793, the first
republican constitution in France was adopted.
author-journalist Ambrose Bierce was born in
Meigs County, Ohio.
In 1915, more than
800 people died when the excursion steamer
"Eastland" capsized at Chicago's Clark
In 1940, France
signed an armistice with Italy during World War
In 1948, Communist
forces cut off all land and water routes between
West Germany and West Berlin, prompting the
western allies to organize the massive Berlin
"Resurrection City," a shantytown
constructed as part of the Poor People's March on
Washington DC, was closed down by authorities.
In 1975, 113
people were killed when an Eastern Airlines
Boeing 727 crashed while attempting to land
during a thunderstorm at New York's John F.
Kennedy International Airport.
comedian-actor Jackie Gleason died at his home in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at age 71.
Ten years ago:
Health and Human Services Secretary Louis
Sullivan was virtually drowned out by jeering
demonstrators as he addressed the Sixth
International AIDS conference in San Francisco.
South African black nationalist Nelson Mandela
arrived in Washington.
Five years ago: In
his weekly radio address, President Clinton
blamed the failed nomination of Dr. Henry Foster
to be surgeon general on right-wing extremists
who, he said, would "stop at nothing"
to outlaw abortion. The New Jersey Devils won the
Stanley Cup as they completed a sweep of the
Detroit Red Wings.
One year ago:
Union organizers claimed victory after workers at
six Fieldcrest Cannon mills in North Carolina
voted to be represented by the Union of
Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees.
Testimony wound to an end after 76 days in the
landmark Microsoft antitrust trial.
indulgence of a propensity to forego."
Ambrose Bierce, American author-journalist