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On July 27th, 1940, Bugs Bunny made his
"official" debut in the Warner Brothers
animated cartoon "A Wild Hare."
On this date:
In 1789, Congress established the Department of
Foreign Affairs, the forerunner of the Department
In 1794, French
revolutionary leader Maximilien Robespierre was
overthrown and placed under arrest; he was
executed the following day.
In 1861, Union
General George B. McClellan was put in command of
the Army of the Potomac.
In 1866, Cyrus W.
Field finally succeeded, after two failures, in
laying the first underwater telegraph cable
between North America and Europe.
In 1953, the
Korean War armistice was signed at Panmunjom,
ending three years of fighting.
In 1960, Vice
President Nixon was nominated for president at
the Republican national convention in Chicago.
In 1974, the House
Judiciary Committee voted 27-to-eleven to
recommend President Nixon's impeachment on a
charge that he had personally engaged in a
"course of conduct" designed to
obstruct justice in the Watergate case.
In 1976, Air Force
veteran Ray Brennan became the first person to
die of so-called "Legionnaire's
Disease" following an American Legion
convention in Philadelphia.
In 1980, on day
267 of the Iranian hostage crisis, the deposed
Shah of Iran died at a military hospital outside
Cairo, Egypt, at age 60.
In 1996, terror
struck the Atlanta Olympics as a pipe bomb
exploded at the public Centennial Olympic Park,
killing one person and injuring more than 100.
Ten years ago:
Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer vetoed a tough
abortion bill passed by his state's legislature.
A mistrial was declared in Raymond Buckey's
retrial on charges of molesting children at the
McMartin Pre-School in California.
Five years ago:
The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in
Washington by President Clinton and South Korean
President Kim Young-sam.
One year ago: The
House approved President Clinton's one-year
extension of normal trade with China. In an
overwhelming defeat for major league umpires,
their threatened walkout collapsed when all of
the umpires withdrew their resignations; however,
about one-third of them ended up losing their
jobs anyway. A flash flood in Switzerland claimed
the lives of 21 people, 18 of them tourists. With
Air Force Colonel Eileen Collins at the controls,
space shuttle "Columbia" returned to
Earth, ending a five-day mission.
"He who is learned
is not wise; He who is wise is not learned."
From the Tao Te Ching, the sacred book of Taoism.