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Ten years ago, on August second,
1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, seizing control of the
oil-rich emirate. President Bush condemned the
incursion as an act of "naked
aggression." (The Iraqis were later driven
out in Operation Desert Storm.)
On this date:
In 1776, members of the Continental Congress
began attaching their signatures to the
Declaration of Independence.
frontiersman "Wild Bill" Hickok was
shot and killed while playing poker at a saloon
in Deadwood, South Dakota.
In 1921, opera
singer Enrico Caruso died in Naples, Italy.
In 1923, the 29th
president of the United States, Warren G.
Harding, died in San Francisco.
In 1934, German
President Paul von Hindenburg died, paving the
way for Adolf Hitler's complete takeover.
In 1939, Albert
Einstein signed a letter to President Roosevelt
urging creation of an atomic weapons research
In 1943, a Navy
patrol torpedo boat, PT-109, commanded by
Lieutenant John F. Kennedy, sank after being
sheared in two by a Japanese destroyer off the
Solomon Islands. (Kennedy was credited with
saving members of the crew.)
In 1945, President
Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British
Prime Minister Clement Attlee concluded the
In 1964, the
Pentagon reported the first of two attacks on US
destroyers by North Vietnamese torpedo boats in
the Gulf of Tonkin.
In 1980, 85 people
were killed when a bomb exploded at the train
station in Bologna, Italy.
In 1985, 137
people were killed when a Delta Air Lines
jetliner crashed while attempting to land at
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
Five years ago:
Hurricane "Erin" came ashore near Vero
Beach, Florida; the storm was blamed for eleven
deaths. China ordered the expulsion of two US Air
Force officers it said were caught spying on
One year ago:
Launching another salvo in a war of nerves with
rival Taiwan, China announced it had test-fired a
new long-range missile. A train collision in
India claimed 286 lives.
"A man who does not
lose his reason over certain things has none to
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, German dramatist