Highlight in History:
On September tenth, 1955,
"Gunsmoke" premiered on CBS television.
In 1608, John Smith was elected president of the
Jamestown colony council in Virginia.
In 1813, an
American naval force commanded by Oliver H. Perry
defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie
in the War of 1812.
In 1846, Elias
Howe received a patent for his sewing machine.
In 1919, New York
City welcomed home General John J. Pershing and
25,000 soldiers who'd served in the US First
Division during World War One.
In 1939, Canada
declared war on Nazi Germany.
In 1945, Vidkun
Quisling was sentenced to death in Norway for
collaborating with the Nazis.
In 1963, twenty
black students entered Alabama public schools
following a standoff between federal authorities
and Governor George C. Wallace.
In 1979, four
Puerto Rican nationalists imprisoned for a 1954
attack on the US House of Representatives and a
1950 attempt on the life of President Truman were
granted clemency by President Carter.
In 1983, John
Vorster, prime minister of white-ruled South
Africa from 1966 to 1978, died in Cape Town at
In 1987, Pope John
Paul the Second arrived in Miami, where he was
welcomed by President and Mrs. Reagan as he began
a ten-day tour of the United States.
Ten years ago:
Iran agreed to resume full diplomatic ties with
onetime enemy Iraq.
Five years ago: A
plane carrying members of a skydivers club
crashed in Shacklefords, Virginia, killing ten
parachutists, the plane's pilot and a man on the
ground. NBC's "ER" won eight Emmy
Awards, but lost best dramatic series to ABC's
"NYPD Blue;" NBC's "Frasier"
won five awards, including best comedy series.
One year ago: The
US government began freeing 14 Puerto Rican
nationalists granted clemency by President
Clinton. A federal judge ordered an end to busing
and other means of achieving racial balance in
Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the North Carolina school
system that pioneered urban busing in the United
States after a landmark Supreme Court ruling
three decades earlier.
"The authentic and
pure values, truth, beauty, and goodness, in the
activity of a human being are the result of one
and the same act, a certain application of the
full attention to the object."
Simone Weil, French philosopher (1909-1943).