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On August eleventh, 1909, the S-O-S distress
signal was first used by an American ship, the
"Arapahoe," off Cape Hatteras, North
On this date:
In 1860, the nation's first successful silver
mill began operation near Virginia City, Nevada.
In 1934, the first
federal prisoners arrived at the island prison Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.
In 1942, during
World War Two, Vichy government official Pierre
Laval publicly declared that "the hour of
liberation for France is the hour when Germany
wins the war."
In 1954, a formal
peace took hold in Indochina, ending more than
seven years of fighting between the French and
In 1956, abstract
artist Jackson Pollock died in an automobile
accident in East Hampton, New York.
In 1962, the
Soviet Union launched cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev
on a 94-hour flight.
In 1965, rioting
and looting that claimed 34 lives broke out in
the predominantly black Watts section of Los
In 1984, President
Reagan joked during a voice test for a paid
political radio address that he had "signed
legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We
begin bombing in five minutes."
In 1993, President
Clinton named Army General John Shalikashvili to
be the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
succeeding General Colin Powell.
In 1997, President
Clinton made the first use of the historic
line-item veto approved by Congress, rejecting
three items in spending and tax bills.
Ten years ago:
Egyptian and Moroccan troops arrived in Saudi
Arabia to join US forces in helping to protect
the desert kingdom from possible Iraqi attack.
Five years ago:
President Clinton banned all US nuclear tests,
calling his decision "the right step as we
continue pulling back from the nuclear
One year ago:
White supremacist Buford O. Furrow, wanted in the
wounding of five people at a Los Angeles Jewish
community center and the shooting death of a mail
carrier the day before, turned himself in to the
FBI in Las Vegas, and waived extradition to Los
Angeles. A tornado tore across Salt Lake City,
killing one person.
"Conceit is God's
gift to little men."
Bruce Barton, American advertising executive