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On August 30th, 1862, Union forces were defeated
by the Confederates at the Second Battle of Bull
Run in Manassas, Virginia.
On this date:
In 30 B.C. (on August 30th, by some estimates),
the seventh and most famous queen of ancient
Egypt known as "Cleopatra" committed
In 1861, Union
General John C. Fremont instituted martial law in
Missouri and declared slaves there to be free.
(However, Fremont's order was countermanded a few
days later by President Lincoln).
In 1905, Ty
made his major league batting debut, playing for
the Detroit Tigers.
In 1941, the World
War Two siege of Leningrad began as Nazi forces
In 1945, General
Douglas MacArthur arrived in Japan, and set up
Allied occupation headquarters.
In 1963, the
"Hot Line" communications link between
Washington and Moscow went into operation.
In 1967, the
Senate confirmed the appointment of Thurgood
Marshall as the first black justice on the
In 1983, Guion S.
Bluford Junior became the first black American
astronaut to travel in space, blasting off aboard
In 1986, Soviet
authorities arrested Nicholas Daniloff, the
Moscow correspondent for US News and World
Report. (He was later released.)
In 1997 came word
of the car crash in Paris that claimed the lives
of Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed and their driver,
Henri Paul. (Because of the time difference, it
was August 31st where the crash occurred.)
Ten years ago: UN
Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar arrived
in Jordan to try to mediate the Persian Gulf
crisis. President Bush told a news conference
that a "new world order" could emerge
from the Gulf crisis.
Five years ago:
The West pounded the Bosnian Serbs with artillery
and air attacks in hopes of bludgeoning them into
serious peace talks. At a lavish opening ceremony
in Beijing, organizers of a major women's
conference vowed to fight for empowerment and
One year ago:
Residents of East Timor voted for independence
from Indonesia in a UN-sponsored ballot.
(Afterward, pro-Indonesia militiamen reacted by
going on a violent rampage that ended when
international forces were sent in.)
"Whom the gods wish
to destroy they first call promising."
Cyril Connolly, British journalist-writer