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On December 12th, 1979, in response
to the Iran hostage crisis, the Carter
administration ordered the removal of most
Iranian diplomats in the United States.
On this date:
In 1787, Pennsylvania became the second state to
ratify the US Constitution.
In 1870, Joseph H. Rainey
of South Carolina became the first black lawmaker
sworn into the US House of Representatives.
authorities in Florence, Italy, announced that
the "Mona Lisa,"
stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris in 1911,
had been recovered.
In 1917, Father
Edward Flanagan founded Boys Town outside Omaha,
In 1925, the first
motel -- the "Motel Inn" -- opened in
San Luis Obispo, California.
In 1937, Japanese
aircraft sank the US gunboat "Panay" on
China's Yangtze River. (Japan apologized, and
paid $2.2 million in reparations.)
In 1947, the
United Mine Workers union withdrew from the
American Federation of Labor.
In 1963, Kenya
gained its independence from Britain.
In 1975, Sara Jane
Moore pleaded guilty to a charge of trying to
kill President Ford in San Francisco the previous
In 1985, 248
American soldiers and eight crew members were
killed when an Arrow Air charter crashed after
takeoff from Gander, Newfoundland.
Ten years ago:
Amid international criticism, Britain forcibly
removed 51 Vietnamese from Hong Kong and returned
them to their homeland. In New York, hotel queen
Leona Helmsley was sentenced to four years in
prison for tax evasion. (Helmsley served 18
months behind bars, plus a month at a halfway
house and two months of house arrest.)
Five years ago:
The Brazilian Supreme Court acquitted former
President Fernando Collor de Mello of the
corruption charges that had forced him to resign
in 1992. IBM stopped shipments of personal
computers with Intel's flawed Pentium chip,
saying the processor's problems were worse than
One year ago: The
House Judiciary Committee approved a fourth and
final article of impeachment, this one accusing
President Clinton of abuse of power. President
Clinton began a three-day visit to the Middle
East aimed at rescuing the Wye River peace
accords. Florida Governor Lawton Chiles died in
Tallahassee at age 68. Former U-S Representative
Morris K. Udall died in Washington D-C at age 76.
"There are two
cardinal sins from which all the others spring:
impatience and laziness."
Franz Kafka, Czech author (1883-1924).