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On December 28th, 1917, the New York
"Evening Mail" published a facetious
essay by H.L. Mencken on the history of bathtubs
in America. (The essay claimed, for example, that
Millard Fillmore was the first president to have
a bathtub installed in the White House.)
On this date:
In 1694, Queen Mary the Second of England died
after five years of joint rule with her husband,
King William the Third.
In 1832, John C.
Calhoun became the first vice president of the
United States to resign, stepping down over
differences with President Jackson.
In 1846, Iowa
became the 29th state to be admitted to the
In 1856, the 28th
president of the United States, Thomas Woodrow
Wilson, was born in Staunton, Virginia.
In 1897, the play
"Cyrano de Bergerac," by Edmond
Rostand, premiered in Paris.
In 1937, composer Maurice
Ravel died in Paris.
In 1944, the
musical "On the Town" opened on
In 1945, Congress
officially recognized the "Pledge of
In 1973, Alexander
Solzhenitsyn published "Gulag
Archipelago," an expose of the Soviet prison
In 1981, Elizabeth
Jordan Carr, the first American
"test-tube" baby, was born in Norfolk,
Ten years ago:
Alexander Dubcek, the former Czechoslovak
Communist leader who was deposed in a Soviet-led
Warsaw Pact invasion in 1968, was named chairman
of the country's parliament.
Five years ago:
CIA Director R. James Woolsey resigned, ending a
tenure that was shadowed by the Aldrich Ames spy
scandal. President Clinton nominated Dan Glickman
to be agriculture secretary, succeeding Mike
One year ago:
American warplanes exchanged missile fire with
Iraqi air defenses, and President Clinton said
there would be no letup in American and British
pressure on Saddam Hussein. Four people were
killed, two gone missing and presumed dead, when
fierce gales struck during an Australian yacht
"When you are right,
no one remembers; when you are wrong, no one