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On December eleventh, 1936, Britain's King
Edward the Eighth abdicated the throne
in order to marry American divorcee Wallis
On this date:
In 1719, the first recorded sighting of the
Aurora Borealis took place in New England.
In 1792, France's
King Louis the 16th went before the Convention to
face charges of treason. (Louis was convicted,
and executed the following month.)
In 1816, Indiana
became the 19th state.
In 1872, America's
first black governor took office as Pinckney
Benton Stewart Pinchback became acting governor
In 1928, police in
Buenos Aires thwarted an attempt on the life of
President-elect Herbert Hoover.
In 1937, Italy
withdrew from the League of Nations.
In 1941, Germany
and Italy declared war on the United States; the
US responded in kind.
In 1946, the
United Nations International Children's Emergency
Fund (UNICEF) was established.
In 1961, a US
aircraft carrier carrying Army helicopters
arrived in Saigon -- the first direct American
military support for South Vietnam's battle
against Communist guerrillas.
In 1981, the UN
Security Council chose Javier Perez de Cuellar of
Peru to be the fifth secretary-general of the
Ten years ago:
President Bush, facing criticism at home for
sending two US officials to China, defended the
diplomatic overture despite the Beijing
government's crackdown on pro-democracy
demonstrators the previous June.
Five years ago:
Thousands of Russian troops backed by armored
columns and jets rolled into breakaway republic
of Chechnya in a bid to restore Moscow's control
over the region. Leaders of 34 Western Hemisphere
nations signed a free-trade declaration in Miami.
One year ago:
Majority Republicans on the House Judiciary
Committee pushed through three articles of
impeachment against President Clinton, over
Democratic objections. The Mars Climate Orbiter
blasted off on a nine-month journey to the red
planet (however, the probe disappeared last
September, apparently destroyed because
scientists had failed to convert English measures
to metric values).
"Almost any man
knows how to earn money, but not one in a million
knows how to spend it."
Henry David Thoreau, American writer (1817-1862).