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On August 23rd, 1927, Italian-born
anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo
Vanzetti were executed in Boston for the
murders of two men during a 1920 robbery. (Sacco
and Vanzetti were vindicated in 1977 by
Massachusetts Governor Michael S. Dukakis.)
On this date:
In 1754, France's King Louis the
16th was born at Versailles.
In 1838, one of
the first colleges for women, Mount Holyoke
Female Seminary in South Hadley, Massachusetts,
graduated its first students.
In 1914, Japan
declared war on Germany in World War One.
In 1926, silent
film star Rudolph Valentino died in New York at
In 1939, Nazi
Germany and the Soviet Union signed a
In 1944, Romanian
prime minister Ion Antonescu was dismissed by
King Michael, paving the way for Romania to
abandon the Axis in favor of the Allies.
In 1960, Broadway
librettist Oscar Hammerstein II died in
In 1972, the
Republican national convention, meeting in Miami
Beach, Florida, nominated Vice President Spiro T.
Agnew for a second term.
In 1979, Soviet
dancer Alexander Godunov defected while the
Bolshoi Ballet was on tour in New York.
In 1982, Lebanon's
parliament elected Christian militia leader
Bashir Gemayel president. (However, Gemayel was
assassinated some three weeks later.)
Ten years ago:
Iraqi state television showed President Saddam
Hussein meeting with a group of about 20 Western
detainees, telling the group -- whom he described
as "guests" -- that they were being
held "to prevent the scourge of war."
Five years ago:
During a memorial service at Fort Myer, Virginia,
President Clinton eulogized three US diplomats
killed in a road accident near Sarajevo,
Bosnia-Herzegovina, and vowed to carry on the
struggle for peace in the Balkans.
"Life" magazine photographer Alfred
Eisenstaedt died on Martha's Vineyard at age 96.
One year ago: The
Dow Jones industrial average soared 199.15 to a
new record of 11,209.84. Fifty years after the
German government moved to the capital of Bonn,
Berlin reclaimed its role as a center of power in
Germany with the arrival of Chancellor Gerhard
"Friendship is honey
-- but don't eat it all."