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On December ninth, 1907, Christmas seals went on
sale for the first time, at the Wilmington,
Delaware, post office; proceeds went to fight
On this date:
In 1608, English poet John Milton was born in
In 1854, Alfred,
Lord Tennyson's famous poem, "The Charge of
the Light Brigade," was published in
In 1940, British
troops opened their first major offensive in
North Africa during World War Two.
In 1941, China
declared war on Japan, Germany and Italy.
In 1942, the Aram
Khachaturian ballet "Gayane," featuring
the surging "Saber Dance," was first
performed by the Kirov Ballet.
In 1958, the
anti-Communist John Birch Society was formed in
In 1965, Nikolai
V. Podgorny replaced Anastas I. Mikoyan as
president of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet.
In 1979, Archbishop Fulton
J. Sheen, the religious broadcaster,
died in New York City at age 84.
In 1992, Britain's
Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their
separation. (The couple's divorce became final in
Congressman Kweisi Mfume (Democrat, Maryland) was
chosen to become the new head of the NAACP.
Ten years ago:
President Bush's national security adviser, Brent
Scowcroft, and Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence
Eagleburger began a surprise visit to Beijing,
six months after China's crackdown on
Five years ago:
Representatives of the Irish Republican Army and
the British government opened peace talks in
Northern Ireland. President Clinton fired Surgeon
General Joycelyn Elders after learning she'd told
a conference that masturbation should be
discussed in school as a part of human sexuality.
One year ago:
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee drew
up four articles of impeachment against President
Clinton, all stemming from his sexual
relationship with Monica Lewinsky and long
campaign to cover it up.
"Hatred comes from
the heart; contempt from the head; and neither
feeling is quite within our control."
Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher