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On September 21st, 1949, the
People's Republic of China was proclaimed by its
On this date:
In 1792, the French National Convention voted to
abolish the monarchy.
In 1897, the New
York Sun ran its famous editorial that declared,
"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa
In 1931, Britain went off
the gold standard.
In 1938, a
hurricane struck parts of New York and New
England, causing widespread damage and claiming
more than 600 lives.
In 1948, Milton
made his debut as permanent host of "The
Texaco Star Theater" on NBC television.
In 1970, "NFL
Monday Night Football" made its debut on ABC
TV as the Cleveland Browns defeated the visiting
New York Jets, 31-to-21.
In 1973, the US
Senate confirmed Henry Kissinger to be Secretary
In 1977, after
weeks of controversy over past business and
banking practices, President Carter's embattled
budget director, Bert Lance, resigned.
In 1989, Hurricane
"Hugo," packing winds of up to 135
miles-an-hour, crashed into Charleston, South
In 1996, John F.
Kennedy Junior married Carolyn Bessette in a
secret ceremony on Cumberland Island, Georgia.
Ten years ago:
During a meeting of the Supreme Soviet, President
Mikhail S. Gorbachev scolded legislators for
dragging its feet on an economic rescue plan, and
asked for sweeping new emergency powers to
stabilize the economy.
Five years ago:
House Republicans unveiled partial details of
their plan for Medicare aimed at achieving $270
billion in savings over seven years.
One year ago: The
House Banking Committee opened an inquiry into
allegations of a huge money-laundering scheme
involving the Russian mob and the Bank of New
York. A powerful earthquake struck Taiwan,
killing at least 2400 people.
"We believe at once
in evil, we only believe in good upon reflection.
Is this not sad?"
Madame Dorothee Deluzy, French actress