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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Melodee In Latex

I posted this some time ago on my old MySpace blog, and I've had a couple of requests to repost it. This happened on a trip to Europe that we made. Enjoy! MCA

DISCLAIMER: (1) If you have a latex allergy, you should not read any farther. If you do, don't come bitching to me. (2) The following deals with mature subject matter and is suitable only for consenting adults. By reading farther, you agree that you are both an adult and you consent to reading adult material. (3) There are inherent risks to using latex rubber in the manners discussed below. The two largest risks are hyperthermia and allergic reactions, up to and including anaphylaxis. Read and follow all directions and warnings on the container. (4) Your mileage may vary.

Over the last thirty-eight years, I've done some pretty wild things with my partners. Oh, not just in the bedroom...the kitchen, the bathroom, the living room, the hall, the garage, the backyard, the car, moving motorcycles, Sears, city parks, museums, schools, get the idea.


The other day I saw something in a shop that caught my eye...Liquid Latex. It came in a bunch of colors and was packaged in paint cans. The idea is that you can paint the stuff on your skin and it sticks, like paint, but it's flexible so it doesn't crack. The little pamphlet that came with each can said you could paint on your clothes. If you've seen the Mummy movie, you've seen latex used in this manner. Hollywood does it a lot.

This had, I thought, some interesting possibilities. Besides, I'd never done that before.

Since Jack and I were having an "us night" and sending the kids to stay with Maria (my housekeeper), I soon left the shop with several cans of latex and some brushes and went back to the hotel. We were still in Egypt at the time, Alexandria to be exact.

Jack had some things to take care of, and that gave me about three hours to get ready. I practiced a little on my arms and legs, and I found the process amazingly easy. I just painted the stuff on and it dried (OK, technically it cured) to a thin, flexible coating. The directions suggested several thin layers, and to use more layers where extra support is needed, like around the breasts. Maybe I was a bit obsessed with following the directions, but I stuck to them to the letter.

When I felt like I had enough practice, I started on my "pants". I'd picked a blue denim color that, when cured, looked just like brushed denim jeans. I started at my ankles and using long strokes, I painted all the way up my legs to my thighs. At the risk of getting off track, I have to put another couple of warnings here...first, running a cool paintbrush full of latex up my leg tickled! I was twitching and jerking like crazy! Second, it's more than a little bit of a turn-on...I found myself fantasizing that the brush was a tongue.

About the time I was ready to start on the top part of the pants, I wondered how I was going to do this alone. How could I reach my ass well enough to get a good, even coat of latex on me? I studied one odd brush that the shop owner had sold me. It had a pivot in the middle of a long handle and another pivot just above the bristles. Ah-ha! That's how!

OK, the guys reading this won't understand, so you boys may want to skip down to the next paragraph. I suspect that there are like five women on the planet who don't think that their ass sags just a little. That's why we buy various types of support panties. Guess what? In this deal, there aren't any panties, support or otherwise! The directions said to "...lift the area or tense the muscles before applying the latex. Then release the tension after the product has cured." So, I pulled a chair over in front of the big mirror in the suite's bedroom and rested my ass on the back of the chair. Then I painted the top half of my butt and waited. I put on, as the directions suggested, five thin layers before I moved. When I stepped away from the chair, the latex held everything right where I wanted it. Amazing stuff!

Back with us, guys?

Before I go on, I need to say that if you want to do this for your lover, you need to shave or get a good wax job. If you can afford it, go get the hair removed with a laser. This is for two reasons...first, just imagine pulling the latex off if it has all your hair embedded in it. Ouch! Second, no one wants to see fuzzy rubber. I had the laser work done several years ago, so no worries for me.

I hope I don't need to give an anatomy lesson here since we're all consenting adults, but in case you don't know, between a woman's thighs and waist there are a number of areas of rather complex curves, ridges, valleys, creases, and folds. The trick is to get the skin as flat and smooth as possible. This involves pulling with one hand while painting with the other. Just as above, you keep the tension on until the rubber has cured, and all is well. Now, some of that grabbing, pinching, pulling, rolling, and all the rest is done on the tingly spots. And I thought the brush on my legs was a turn-on!

Try this sometime...go out to Home Depot and buy the softest 1-inch paintbrush you can find. Go home and strip off, and then sit down on a chair and spread your legs as wide as you can get them. Reach down with one hand and stretch the skin out to get rid of as many of the folds and such as you can. Dip the brush in cool water and pretend you're painting yourself. And try not to scream.

I failed.

After I caught my breath, I saw that I now wore what looked like a VERY tight pair of jeans. I used a tiny brush and some white, silver, red, and yellow latex to add a few details like pockets and a zipper, and the illusion was complete.

I figured the shirt would be easier than the pants. I was wrong. OK, it really wasn't any harder, but the shirt was as least as difficult as the pants, and the problems all centered on my boobs.

Remember those five women above who don't care that their ass sags? Well, those same five women are also the ones who don't want perky tits. So, I was back to the idea of using latex for support.

The chair wouldn’t work for this because it was too high, and the same thing went for the dresser. I grabbed a suitcase and put it in front of the dresser, and after a little experimentation, I added two phone books. That put me at the perfect height to kneel on the suitcase and phone books and rest my boobs on the edge of the dresser while I painted the top half of my tits. Sounds simple enough.


Breasts are a lot more...something. Flexible? I don't know. Anyway, my ass looked perfect—both cheeks at the same height, symmetrical, and smooth. My first try on my boobs ended up with my right nipple pointed at the ceiling and the left one pointed off to the right someplace. My tits looked like Marty Feldman's eyes!

After a couple of more attempts with results that would have made Dr. Frankenstein proud, I figured out the problem...if the layers—and remember we're talking several thin layers here—are not exactly the same thickness on each breast, the boobs will have different levels and directions of support, and so will end up pointing in different directions. I had a 1978 Dodge whose headlights did that. The reason I didn't have a problem with my ass is simply that my ass is mostly muscle. Boobs are mostly fat. Guess which one is easier for the latex to deflect in undesired directions.

I took a deep breath, slowed down, and focused. In two more tries, I had it. And we're talking some serious perkiness, too! And that brought up another question...would an erect nipple poke through the latex?

I did a little test by painting the same number of layers on the Formica counter in the kitchenette, and then carefully peeling it off. I held it tight and pushed with my knuckle. I knew my nails would cut the rubber, and I hope my nipples are softer than my fingernails, even when my nipples get hard. I had to push very hard to rip through. Good enough.

I finished the shirt in yellow, added some trim and such in blue, black, and hot pink, and stepped in front of the big mirror for a full view.

It looked fantastic! The color of the "jeans" was perfect, and it fit like glove...a latex glove. The most amazing part was that unless you looked closely, the "jeans" and "shirt" really did look like actual clothing, and that was in the fairly bright light of the hotel room. I only considered for a few moments before I grabbed my TTY and called Jack.

I told him I wanted to have a couple of drinks and that I would meet him in the hotel bar. He said he'd like that and would be there in about forty-five minutes.

I put a few finishing touches on my clothes, and slipped on a pair of black shoes with 4-inch heels and straps around my ankles. I then turned my attention to accessories. I grabbed my little black purse since I didn't have a pocket to put my passport and credit card in, slipped on my rings and bracelets, and then considered for a moment. Last year, Jack bought me a gorgeous necklace. It's platinum with an emerald the size of a small doorknob hanging on it. The stone rests precisely between my breasts. I put the necklace on, touched up my makeup, and headed downstairs.

I got a few stares from men as I made my way to the bar, but I'm not sure if I got more stares than I would have otherwise. The waiter showed me to a table and I waited for Jack. No one tried to hit on me...this bar wasn't a gin-joint, but a high-class operation. That's not to say that I wasn't getting a few looks. At least I was until Jack came to the table and leaned to kiss me.

Jack's six-feet-ten-inches tall and weighs about 245 pounds. Not many men have the balls to stare at me when he's around. Oh, and he's armed...heavily armed.

He said something about how nice I looked, but as far as I could tell, he was talking to my chest. We ordered drinks and I told him I needed to go to the ladies room. Obviously I didn't. Think about it...I was completely encased in rubber. How could I possibly pee, even if I had to? I'd end up looking like a water balloon! I really just wanted him to get the full view.

I used The Walk on him as I left the table. You girls know the one I mean. You guys have seen it, too, and you always get all goofy over The Walk. Models use it all the time. It's a slight crossing of the centerline of the body with the foot at each step. The Walk causes a woman's ass to move back and forth, her hips to snap up and down as she walks. Guys love it.

As I stood in the restroom waiting for a little time to pass, I realized that Jack's attention and fascination was exciting me, too. The downside was that I was afraid to touch myself for fear of ripping the latex. The same thing applied to letting him touch my "clothes". I wanted to dance with him, but I know where that would best, they would make us go back to the room. At worst, the hotel management would toss me out on my rubber-encased ass.

I watched Jack's face as I walked back to the table, and his gaze kept moving from my boobs to my hips and back again. When I sat down, he just stared into my eyes for a few minutes and he looked like he was trying to speak. He finally managed something about how my day with the girls went. I told him it didn't matter because I hoped the night with him would go even better.

We had a couple of glasses of wine, and it was obvious that Jack was worthless for conversation. I normally sit next to him when we're out someplace, but I wanted him not to be able to get me out of his field of vision and I had to come up with a way for him not to touch my "clothes". While the latex looked good, it felt like rubber, not cloth, and that would ruin the illusion. So I sat across from him and played footsie with him under the table.

I knew those heels would come back to haunt me. I wanted to kick my shoes off so I could run my foot up and down his leg easier, but that's not easy to do with strap-on shoes...the heel kept getting caught on the chair legs and braces. I would have loved to rest my foot on his chair between his legs and wiggle my toes, but that's not a safe place to put a four-inch spike heel! I had to settle for other ways to hold his attention.

As we held hands across the table, I would play with his fingers and draw little circles in his palms with my nails. Every so often, I would lean over and kiss his hand. That was a great opportunity to lick and suck his fingers, too. Jack kept squirming in his chair. I think I was making things "hard" for him. I love teasing and flirting with Jack, and I love the fact that I can have that kind of effect on him. Jack likes to be the big, tough macho man, and when I can reduce him to a babbling idiot, it makes me feel good.

Being able to bring him to his knees is kind of fun. Actually, it's more fun for me to be on my knees, but I digress.

That's right, guys...we like to have you so distracted and disoriented that you can't even talk, at least if the reason is your fascination with us. Now, I can only speak for myself, but if you regularly get to that point over me, I won't be the least upset when, once in a while, you get that way over another woman that we happen to see. We have an old saying back in the Ozarks...

I don't care where you get your appetite so long as you come home for dinner.

I had just enough control left to know that the scene was going to degenerate rapidly. It wouldn't take much for one of us to slam the other across the table and...well, you know what I mean. I gave Jack my best seductive smile—and it's pretty damned good—and suggested that we go back to the room. He didn't argue.

We walked to the elevator holding hands. I love to hold hands. In my mind, for reasons I don't even pretend to understand, holding hands is as intimate as kissing and making love. Go figure. On the other hand (no pun intended), if a guy holds my hand "right", he'll get kissed. Usually, kissing leads to sex. And Jack really knows how to hold my hand right. We were making little motions to each other with our fingers, and that may be the hard part for those of you with hearing to understand...

Being totally deaf, I use sign a good deal. Jack also knows sign and he learned a long time ago so he could communicate with me. As we walked along holding hands, we were signing to each other. It started off innocent enough. I said something like, "I love you" and Jack replied, "Not as much as I love you." After a brief round of who loves whom most, even our signing degenerated...

Melodee: I want to chew your pants off.

Jack: Can I tell you what to do after you have?

Melodee: No.

Jack: Why not?

Melodee: Because you're not going to have enough breath left to talk.

Jack: You're a bad girl.

Melodee: Yes. I should be spanked.

Jack: You wiggle too much. Maybe I should tie you up first.

Melodee: Promises, promises.

Jack: You'll see.

Melodee: I'm going to hold you to that.

Jack: I'd rather you hold you to me.

Melodee: Slut! Tell you what, when I'm done with you, if there's anything more you want, just ask. If you can.

Jack: That's scary. Exciting, but scary.

Melodee: Like skydiving.

Jack: No, that's fucking dumb.

Melodee: Next time I do a dive, come with me and we'll see if I can get you off before we pull the chutes.

Jack: How high are you planning to jump from?

Melodee: I don't know. You don't fall far in twelve seconds.

Jack: You're never gonna let me live that down, are you?

Melodee: Not in a million years.

Jack: It wasn't my fault! You'd been driving me crazy and teasing me all day!

Melodee: C'est moi?

Jack: Oui!

Just as we reached the elevator, I realized that there was little chance of getting to the room with my rubber suit intact. I wasn't done teasing yet! Luckily, a handful of other guests came and waited for the elevator at the same time, and we were well behaved to our floor.

When we reached our suite, Jack swiped the card-key and we went inside. I flicked on the lights and did a little turn in front of him. I asked if he liked my outfit.

Jack frowned for a moment. "I don't remember ever seeing that top in particular, but it looks great on you." He grinned. "Did you have to lie down to get those pants zipped?"

I smiled back. "I didn't zip them at all." I pulled the dining room chair away from the table and put my foot up on the seat. I grabbed the edge of the latex at my ankle and peeled off a strip of rubber about an inch wide and ten inches long.

I can't really describe the look on his face. There were traces of confused puzzlement, awe, and delight. He said, "What the fuck?"

I stepped closer to him and took his hand in mine, and then placed his palm on my left breast. That's nothing unusual, by the way. He reacted by squeezing a little, and then snatched his hand back. Jack stuttered a couple of times. "Is that rubber?"

I couldn't help chuckling a little. "And nothing else."

Jack moved slowly as he touched me, exploring my body with his fingers and tracing the latex "clothes" I wore. When he moved his hand down my stomach and between my legs, he frowned hard. "Those aren't clothes." His eyes went wide. "That's painted on!"

"Yep. Do you like it?"

"Melodee, you're fucking nude!"

"That depends on your definition of nude. But yes, while it's not a requirement, you usually do fuck nude."

"You were out in public in the nude! Are you crazy?"

I put on my best pout, and it's as least as good as my best seductive smile. "I thought you liked this and I hoped you'd find me attractive." I had to turn my back on him to hide the grin.

He took my shoulders in his hands and turned me to face him so I could read his lips. "Baby, I do like it, and I always find you attractive. Never forget that." Jack made a few motions with his mouth like a fish on the bank of the river gasping for air. "But this was a little over the top, don't you think?"

"I thought it might excite you." I ran my hand across the front of his pants. "I think it did."

Jack trembled a little. Then he noticed a small yellow thread hanging out of the neckline of my "shirt". "What's this?"

One thing the directions for the latex said that I haven't mentioned is the idea of putting a thread under the latex so it's easier to remove. You pull the thread and that cuts the rubber so you can peel it off in sheets. You have to tie a knot in the thread every few inches so it doesn't just pull out and you need to stick it to you with drops of latex before you paint over it. None of this was a big problem. I took a thread, put in the required knots, and looped it around my boobs in a figure eight and then up to my neck. When I painted the shirt on, I left the end of the string hanging out, and later trimmed it to about half an inch long.

I just smiled. "Pull it and see."

Jack tugged at the thread, and it did exactly what I hoped it would do...the string came away from the latex, leaving a fine slit around both breasts. He smiled and slowly peeled the rubber away, leaving my boobs exposed.

Things sort of get a little fuzzy after that. Jack forgot that he was upset about me wearing the latex out in public.

Oh, and remember when I was worried about my nipples poking through the rubber when they get hard? Well, that didn't happen, but something of Jack's was more than hard enough to rip a couple of strategic holes in the latex.

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Sep. 30 - This Day In History

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September 30

1399 - Henry Bolingbroke became the King of England as Henry IV.

1630 - John Billington was hanged for murder. He was the first criminal to be executed in the American colonies.

1777 - The Congress of the United States moved to York, PA, due to advancing British forces.

1787 - The Columbia left Boston and began the trip that would make it the first American vessel to sail around the world.

1846 - Ether, an experimental anesthetic at the time, was used for the first time by Dr. William Morton at Massachusetts General Hospital.

1861 - Chewing gum tycoon William Wrigley, Jr. was born.

1868 - Spain's Queen Isabella was deposed and fled to France.

1882 - In Appleton, WI, the world's first hydroelectric power plant began operating.

1924 - Truman Streckfus Persons was born in New Orleans, LA. He later changed his name to Truman Capote.

1927 - George Herman "Babe" Ruth hit his 60th homerun of the season. He broke his own record with the homerun. The record stood until 1961 when Roger Maris broke the record.

1930 - "Death Valley Days" was heard for the first time on the NBC Blue radio network.

1935 - "The Adventures of Dick Tracey" debuted on Mutual Radio Network.

1935 - "Porgy and Bess" premiered in Boston.

1938 - The Munich Conference ended with a decision to appease Adolf Hitler. Britain, and France allowed Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland to be annexed by the Nazis.

1939 - "Captain Midnight" was heard for the first time on the Mutual Radio Network.

1946 - An international military tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 top Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.

1947 - The World Series was televised for the first time. The sponsors only paid $65,000 for the entire series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.

1949 - The Berlin Airlift came to an end. The airlift had taken 2.3 million tons of food into the western sector despite the Soviet blockade.

1951 - "The Red Skelton Show" debuted on NBC-TV.

1954 - The U.S. Navy commissioned the Nautilus submarine at Groton, CT. It was the first atomic-powered vessel. The submarine had been launched on January 21, 1954.

1954 - Julie Andrews made her first Broadway appearance in "The Boy Friend".

1955 - Actor James Dean was killed in a car accident at the age of 24 near Cholame, CA. Dean's mechanic, who was also in the vehicle, eventually recovered from his injuries.

1962 - James Meredith succeeded in registering at the University of Mississippi. It was his fourth attempt to register.

1963 - The Soviet Union publicly declared itself on the side of India in their dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir.

1966 - Albert Speer and Baldur von Schirach were released at midnight from Spandau prison after completing their 20-year sentences. Speer was the Nazi minister of armaments and von Schirach was the founder of Hitler Youth.

1971 - The Soviet Union and the United States signed pacts that were aimed at avoiding an accidental nuclear war.

1971 - A committee of nine people was organized to investigate the prison riot at Attica, NY. 10 hostages and 32 prisoners were killed when National Guardsmen stormed the prison on September 13, 1971.

1976 - California enacted the Natural Death Act of California. The law was the first example of right-to-die legislation in the U.S.

1980 - Israel issued its new currency, the shekel, to replace the pound.

1983 - The first AH-64 Apache attack helicopter was rolled out by McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company.

1982 - "Cheers" began an 11-year run on NBC-TV.

1984 - 107 Moslem extremists were sentenced to prison for their actions after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat in 1981.

1984 - Mike Witt became only the 11th pitcher to throw a perfect game in major league baseball.

1984 - "Doonesbury" by Garry Trudeau returned. The comic strip had not been printed in nearly 20 months.

1985 - Four Soviet diplomats were kidnapped in Beirut by the Islamic Liberation Organization. One of the diplomats was killed and the other three were later released.

1986 - The U.S. released accused Soviet spy Gennadiy Zakharov, one day after Nicholas Daniloff had been released by the Soviets.

1987 - Mikhail S. Gorbachev retired President Andrei A. Gromyko from the Politburo and fired other old-guard leaders in a shake-up at the Kremlin.

1989 - Thousands of East Germans began emigrating under an accord between the NATO nations and the Soviet Union.

1989 - Non-Communist Cambodian guerrillas claimed that they had captured 3 towns and 10 other positions from the residing government forces.

1990 - The Soviet Union and South Korea opened diplomatic relations.

1991 - Haiti's first freely elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was overthrown by Brigadier General Raoul Cedras. Aristide was later returned to power.

1992 - George Brett of the Kansas City Royals reached his 3,000th career hit during a game against the California Angels.

1992 - Moscow banks distributed privatization vouchers aimed at turning millions of Russians into capitalists.

1993 - About 10,000 people were killed in India when an earthquake that measured 6.4 hit the southern part of the country.

1993 - U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell retired.

1994 - The space shuttle Endeavor took off on an 11-day mission. Part of the mission was to use a radar instrument to map remote areas of the Earth.

1997 - France's Roman Catholic Church apologized for its silence during the persecution and deportation of Jews the pro-Nazi Vichy regime.

1998 - Gov. Pete Wilson of California signed a bill into law that defined "invasion of privacy as trespassing with the intent to capture audio or video images of a celebrity or crime victim engaging in a personal of family activity." The law went into effect January 1, 1999.

1999 - The San Francisco Giants played the Los Angeles Dodgers in the last baseball game to be played at Candlestick Park (3Com Park). The Dodgers won 9-4.

1999 - In Tokaimura, Japan, radiation escaped a nuclear facility after workers accidentally set off an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction.

2003 - The FBI began a criminal investigation concerning the possibility that White House officials had illegally leaked the identity of an undercover CIA officer.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sep. 29 - This Day In History

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September 29

1758 - England's Admiral Horatio Nelson was born.

1789 - A regular army was established by the U.S. War Department with several hundred men.

1829 - The first public appearance by London's re-organized police force was met with jeers from political opponents. The force became known as Scotland Yard.

1902 - David Belasco opened his first Broadway theater.

1930 - Lowell Thomas made his debut on CBS Radio. He was in the radio business for the next 46 years.

1930 - Bing Crosby and Dixie Lee were married.

1940 - The radio quiz show "Double or Nothing" debuted on the Mutual Radio Network.

1943 - U.S. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marchal Pietro Badoglio signed an armistice aboard the British ship Nelson.

1946 - "The Adventures of Sam Spade" debuted on CBS Radio.

1951 - The first network football game was televised by CBS-TV in color. The game was between the University of California and the University of Pennsylvania.

1953 - "Make Room for Daddy" premiered on ABC-TV.

1955 - "A View From the Bridge," a play by Arthur Miller, opened in New York at the Coronet Theater.

1957 - The New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds. The next year the Giants were in San Francisco, CA.

1960 - "My Three Sons" debuted on ABC-TV.

1962 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy nationalized the Mississippi National guard in response to city officials defying federal court orders. The orders had been to enroll James Meredith at the University of Mississippi.

1963 - "My Favorite Martian" premiered on CBS-TV.

1963 - "The Judy Garland Show" premiered on CBS-TV.

1967 - The International Monetary Fund reformed monetary systems around the world.

1977 - Eva Shain became the first woman to officiate a heavyweight title boxing match. About 70 million people watched Muhammad Ali defeat Ernie Shavers on NBC-TV.

1978 - Pope John Paul I was found dead after only one month of serving as pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.

1982 - In Chicago, IL, seven people died after taking capsules of Extra-Strength Tylenol that had been laced with cyanide. 264,000 bottles were recalled.

1983 - The War Powers Act was used for the first time by the U.S. Congress when they authorized President Reagan to keep U.S. Marines in Lebanon for 18 more months.

1983 - "A Chorus Line" with performance number 3,389 became the longest running show on Broadway.

1984 - Irish officials announced that they had intercepted the Marita Anne carrying seven tons of U.S.-purchased weapons. The weapons were intended for the Irish Republican Army.

1984 - Elizabeth Taylor was voted to be the world's most beautiful woman in a Louis Harris poll. Taylor was at the time in the Betty Ford Clinic overcoming a weight problem.

1986 - Nicholas Daniloff was released by the Soviet Union. He had been held on spying charges.

1986 - Mary Lou Retton announced that she was quitting gymnastics.

1988 - The space shuttle Discovery took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It was the first manned space flight since the Challenger disaster.

1990 - "Millie's Book" by First Lady Barbara Bush was the best-selling non-fiction book in the U.S.

1992 - Magic Johnson announced that he was returning to professional basketball. The comeback ended the following November.

1992 - Brazilian lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to impeach President Fernando Collor de Mello.

1993 - Bosnia's parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject an international peace plan unless Bosnian Serbs returned land that had been taken by force.

1994 - The U.S. House voted to end the practice of lobbyist buying meals and entertainment for members of Congress.

1995 - Three U.S. servicemen were indicted on rape charges concerning a 12-year-old Okinawan girl. The men were handed over to Japanese authorities.

1998 - Hasbro announced plans to introduce an action figure of retired U.S. General Colin Powell.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Sep. 27 - This Day In History

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September 27

1779 - John Adams was elected to negotiate with the British over the American Revolutionary War peace terms.

1825 - George Stephenson operated the first locomotive that hauled a passenger train.

1840 - Thomas Nast was born. He was a political cartoonist that created the Republican elephant and the Democrat donkey.

1854 - The steamship Arctic sank off Cape Race, Newfoundland, with 300 people onboard. It was the first major disaster in the Atlantic Ocean.

1894 - The Aqueduct Race Track opened in New York City, NY.

1928 - The U.S. announced that it would recognize the Nationalist Chinese Government.

1938 - The League of Nations branded the Japanese as aggressors in China.

1939 - After 19 days of resistance, Warsaw, Poland, surrendered to the Germans after being invaded by the Nazis and the Soviet Union during World War II.

1940 - The Berlin-Rome-Tokyo Axis was set up. The military and economic pact was for 10 years between Germany, Italy and Japan.

1954 - The "Tonight!" show made its debut on NBC-TV with Steve Allen as host.

1959 - The Japanese island of Honshu was hit by Typhoon Vera. Nearly 5,000 people were killed.

1962 - The U.S. sold Hawk anti-aircraft missiles to Israel.

1964 - The Warren Commission issued a report on the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in November of 1963. The report concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone.

1968 - The U.K.'s entry into the European Common Market was barred by France.

1970 - "The Original Amateur Hour" aired for the last time on CBS. It had been on television for 22 years.

1973 - U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew said he would not resign after he pled "no contest" to a charge of tax evasion. He did resign on October 10th.

1979 - The Department of Education became the 13th Cabinet in U.S. history after the final approval from Congress.

1982 - Italian and French soldiers entered the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps in Beirut. The move was made by the members of a multinational force due to hundreds of Palestinians being massacred by Christian militiamen.

1983 - Larry Bird signed a seven-year contract with the Boston Celtics worth $15 million. The contract made him the highest paid Celtic in history.

1986 - The U.S. Senate approved federal tax code changes that were the most sweeping since World War II.

1989 - Columbia Pictures Entertainment agreed to buyout Sony Corporation for $3.4 billion.

1989 - Two men went over the 176-foot-high Niagara Falls in a barrel. Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter Debernardi were the first to ever survive the Horshoe Falls.

1990 - The deposed emir of Kuwait addressed the U.N. General Assembly and denounced the "rape, destruction and terror" that Iraq had inflicted upon his country.

1991 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush eliminated all land-based tactical nuclear arms and removed all short-range nuclear arms from ships and submarines around the world. Bush then called on the Soviet Union to do the same.

1994 - More than 350 Republican congressional candidates signed the Contract with America. It was a 10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the House.

1995 - The U.S. government unveiled the redesigned $100 bill. The bill featured a larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin.

1996 - The Taliban seized control of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, and hanged the former president Najibullah.

1998 - In Germany, Social Democrat Gerhard Schroeder was elected chancellor. The election ended 16 years of conservative rule.

1998 - Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) set a major league baseball record when he hit his 70th home run of the season.

2001 - In Zug, Switzerland, an armed man killed 14 people and himself after entering the local parliament.

2002 - In Senegal, over 1,000 people were killed when the ocean ferry MS Joola capsized.

2004 - North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Su Hon announced that North Korea had turned plutonium from 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods into nuclear weapons. He also said that the weapons were to serve as a deterrent against increasing U.S. nuclear threats and to prevent nuclear war in northeast Asia. The U.S. State Department noted that the U.S. has repeatedly said that the U.S. has no plans to attack North Korea.

2009 - Polish-French film director Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland on a United States arrest warrant. He had fled the U.S. in 1977 after pleading guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Daddy's Little Girl

Usually, I think I have men pretty well figured out.

After all, every woman knows that guys just aren't that complicated, and they sure aren't terribly bright as a group.

OK, settle down, guys. We love you anyway.

But every once in a while, something will happen that shows me that I really don't have all the details quite right yet. Like a few nights ago...

I'm in Europe doing a little appearance tour right now, and on the night in question we had a formal dinner party to attend. I say "we" because my husband Jack and our three kids (Amanda who is ten, Debbie who is eight, and JJ (Jack, Jr.) who is two-and-a-half) are along as well. JJ is too small for this sort of thing, but we decided to take the girls along.

All of us girls needed gowns, so we did the shopping thing. In Italy. In Rome to be specific. Yeah, buying gowns and all the accessories in Rome got a little pricey. OK, it got a LOT pricey. I mean, we can't do off-the-rack now, can we?

Anyway, we all got killer gowns, shoes, etc. (yes, I know I'm boring the men reading this to tears, and maybe scaring a few into panic running). On the night of the party, the girls and I all changed in the their room so I could help them get dressed. Jack changed in our room. After all, Amanda in particular is old enough that she doesn't want her dad to see her getting dressed.

After we dressed, we all touched up our hair, and I helped the girls with a little light makeup and some jewelry to accent things a little. Jack was done long before we were ready (typical), and he waited for me to come out and tie his tie (also typical).

I came out first and went to work on his tie, so my back was to the door where the girls were entering the lounge. I was looking right at Jack when he suddenly got this really strange look on his face.

He had been looking at me (smart boy), but his eyes flicked up toward the door for a moment, and then back to my face. Then his eyes fired right back to the door and his eyebrows went up for a moment. Then it got really weird...his whole face sort of softened, like he was made of wax and the furnace was set just a little too high. All of the sharp angles and straight lines of Jack's face eased into gentle curves, and the smallest of smiles seemed to struggle to get to his lips, but he fought it.

I turned to see what he was looking at, and I saw Amanda standing in the doorway, making some minor adjustment to the sash on her gown.

She looked absolutely radiant.

Jack completely forgot that I was halfway through fixing his tie, and walked over to his eldest daughter. He stared at her for a moment, and Amanda smiled up at him. She asked, "What's wrong, Daddy?"

He shook his head. "Not a thing. I just wanted to tell you that you've turned into a beautiful young lady." He smiled at her, and then hugged her. "And I love you."

Later that evening, Jack told me that someplace and sometime over the last ten years, his little girl grew up.

Yeah...I thought I had him all figured out.

I need to work on that idea a little more.

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Sep. 26 - This Day In History

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1774 - John Chapman was born. He was better known as Johnny Appleseed. He planted orchards, befriended wild animals, and was considered at great medicine man by Native Americans.

1777 - Philadelphia was occupied by British troops during the American Revolutionary War.

1789 - Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's first Secretary of State. John Jay was appointed the first chief justice of the U.S. Samuel Osgood was appointed the first Postmaster-General. Edmund Jennings Randolph was appointed the first Attorney General.

1892 - "The King of Marches" was introduced to the general public.

1908 - Ed Eulbach of the Chicago Cubs became the first baseball player to pitch both games of a doubleheader and win both with shutouts.

1908 - In "The Saturday Evening Post" an ad for the Edison Phonograph appeared.

1914 - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission was established.

1918 - During World War I, the Meuse-Argonne offensive against the Germans began. It was the final Allied offensive on the western front.

1950 - U.N. troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans during the Korean Conflict.

1955 - The New York Stock Exchange suffered its worst decline since 1929 when the word was released concerning U.S. President Eisenhower's heart attack.

1960 - The first televised debate between presidential candidates Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy took place in Chicago, IL.

1962 - "The Beverly Hillbillies" premiered on CBS-TV.

1964 - "Gilligan's Island" premiered on CBS-TV. The show aired for the last time on September 4, 1967.

1969 - "The Brady Bunch" series premiered on ABC-TV.

1980 - The Cuban government abruptly closed Mariel Harbor to end the freedom flotilla of Cuban refugees that began the previous April.

1981 - The Boeing 767 made its maiden flight in Everett, WA.

1984 - Britain and China initialed a draft agreement on the future of Hong Kong when the Chinese take over ruling the British Colony.

1985 - Shamu was born at Sea World in Orlando, FL. Shamu was the first killer whale to survive being born in captivity.

1986 - The episode of "Dallas" that had Bobby Ewing returning from the dead was aired.

1986 - William H. Rehnquist became chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court following the retirement of Warren Burger.

1990 - The Motion Picture Association of America announced that it had created a new rating. The new NC17 rating was to keep moviegoers under the age of 17 from seeing certain films.

1991 - Four men and four women began their two-year stay inside the "Biosphere II." The project was intended to develop technology for future space colonies.

1991 - The U.S. Congress heard a plea from Kimberly Bergalis concerning mandatory AIDS testing for health care workers.

1992 - 163 people were killed when a Nigerian military transport crashed shortly after takeoff.

1993 - The eight people who had stayed in "Biosphere II" emerged from their sealed off environment.

1995 - The warring factions of Bosnia agreed on guidelines for elections and a future government.

1996 - Richard Allen Davis, the killer of 12-year-old Polly Klaas, was sentenced to death in San Jose, CA.

1996 - Shannon Lucid returned to Earth after being in space for 188 days. She set a time record for a U.S. astronaut in space and in the world for time spent by a woman in space.

1997 - In Indonesia, a Garuda Airlines Airbus crashed killing 234 people.

2000 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. The act states that an infant would be considered to have been born alive if he or she is completely extracted or expelled from the mother and breathes and has a beating heart and definite movement of the voluntary muscles.

2000 - Slobodan Milosevic conceded that Vojislav Kostunica had won Yugoslavia's presidential election and declared a runoff. The declared runoff prompted mass protests.

2001 - In Kabul, Afghanistan, the abandoned U.S. Embassy was stormed by protesters. It was the largest anti-Amercian protest since the terror attacks on New York City and Washington, DC, on September 11.

2001 - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres announced plans to formalize a cease-fire and end a year of fighting in the region.

2001 - In New York City, hundreds of people began the process of filing for death certificates for family members still missing in the ruins of the World Trade Center. At the time more than 6,300 people were still missing.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sep. 25 - This Day In History

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1492 - The crew of the Pinta, one of Christopher Columbus' ships, mistakenly thought that they had spotted land.

1493 - Christopher Columbus left Spain with 17 ships on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere.

1513 - The Pacific Ocean was discovered by Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa when he crossed the Isthmus of Panama. He named the body of water the South Sea. He was truly just the first European to see the Pacific Ocean.

1690 - One of America's earliest newspapers published its first and last edition. The "Publik Occurences Both Foreign and Domestik" was published at the London Coffee House in Boston, MA, by Benjamin Harris.

1725 - Nicolas Joseph Cugnot was born. He was the inventor and builder of two steam-propelled tractors. They are considered to be the world's first automobiles.

1775 - Ethan Allen was captured by the British during the American Revolutionary War. He was leading the attack on Montreal.

1789 - The first U.S. Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution. Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.

1847 - During the Mexican-American War, U.S. forces led by General Zachary Taylor captured Monterrey Mexico.

1882 - The first major league double header was played. It was between the Worcester and Providence teams.

1890 - The Sequoia National Park was established as a U.S. National Park in Central California.

1890 - Mormon President Wilford Woodruff issued a Manifesto in which the practice of polygamy was renounced.

1897 - Author William Faulkner was born. He is remembered for his works "As I Lay Dying," "Light in August" and "The Sound and the Fury."

1919 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson collapsed after a speech in Pueblo, CO. The speaking tour was in support of the Treaty of Versailles.

1933 - Tom Mix was heard on NBC Radio for the first time. His show ran until June of 1950.

1956 - A transatlantic telephone-cable system began operation between Newfoundland and Scotland.

1957 - 300 U.S. Army troops stood guard as nine black students were escorted to class at Central High School in Little Rock, AR. The children had been forced to withdraw 2 days earlier because of unruly white mobs.

1965 - Willie Mays, at the age of 34, became the oldest man to hit 50 home runs in a single season. He had also set the record for the youngest to hit 50 ten years earlier.

1973 - The three crewmen of Skylab II landed in the Pacific Ocean after being on the U.S. space laboratory for 59 days.

1978 - 144 people were killed when a private plane and a Pacific Southwest Airlines Boeing 727 collided over San Diego, CA.

1978 - Melissa Ludtke, a writer for "Sports Illustrated", filed a suit in U.S. District Court. The result was that Major League Baseball could not bar female writers from the locker room after the game.

1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor became the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court when she was sworn in as the 102nd justice. She had been nominated the previous July by U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

1983 - 38 Irish nationalist guerillas shot their way out of prison near Belfast, Northern Ireland.

1983 - A Soviet military officer, Stanislav Petrov, averted a potential worldwide nuclear war. He declared a false alarm after a U.S. attack was detected by a Soviet early warning system. It was later discovered the alarms had been set off when the satellite warning system mistakenly interpreted sunlight reflections off clouds as the presence of enemy missiles.

1986 - An 1894-S Barber Head dime was bought for $83,000 at a coin auction in California. It is one of a dozen that exist.

1987 - The booty collected from the Wydah, which sunk off Cape Cod in 1717, was auctioned off. The worth was around $400 million.

1990 - The U.N. Security Council voted to impose an air embargo against Iraq. Cuba was the only dissenting vote.

1991 - The U.N. Security Council unanimously ordered a worldwide arms embargo against Yugoslavia and all of its warring factions.

1992 - In Orlando, FL, a judge ruled in favor of 12-year-old Gregory Kingsley. He had sought a divorce from his biological parents.

1992 - The Mars Observer blasted off on a mission that cost $980 million. The probe has not been heard from since it reached Mars in August of 1993.

1995 - Ross Perot announced that he would form the Independence Party.

1997 - NBC sportscaster Marv Albert pled guilty to assault and battery of a lover. He was fired from NBC within hours.

1997 - Mark & Brian received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1998 - The death toll due to Hurricane Georges rose to 307 after the storm passed through Caribbean.

2001 - Michael Jordan announced that he would return to the NBA as a player for the Washington Wizards. Jordan became the president of basketball operations for the team on January 19, 2000.

2002 - In Karachi, Pakistan, seven people were killed and another were wounded by gunmen in the offices of a Christian welfare organization.

2002 - U.S. forces landed in Ivory Coast to aid in the rescue foreigners trapped in a school by fighting between government troops and rebel troops. Rebels had attempted to take over the government on September 19.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Sep. 24 - This Day In History

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1755 - John Marshall was born. He was the fourth Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. His court was credited with defining the principles of government and the role of the Supreme Court.

1789 - The U.S. Congress passed the First Judiciary Act. The act provided for an Attorney General and a Supreme Court.

1869 - Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

1880 - Sarah Knauss was born. She was the world's oldest person when she died at 119 years old on December 31, 1999.

1915 - "The Lamb," Douglas Fairbanks first film, was shown at the Knickerbocker Theater in New York City, NY.

1929 - The first all-instrument flight took place in New York when Lt. James H. Doolittle guided a Consolidated NY2 Biplane over Mitchell Field.

1933 - "Roses and Drums" was heard on WABC in New York City. It was the first dramatic presentation for radio.

1934 - Babe Ruth played his last game as a New York Yankee player.

1938 - Don Budge became the first tennis player to win all four of the major titles when he won the U.S. Tennis Open. He had already won the Australian Open, the French Open and the British Open.

1948 - Mildred Gillars, known as "Axis Sally", pled innocent to charges of treason. She ended up serving 12 years for being a Nazi wartime radio propagandist.

1955 - U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Denver, CO.

1957 - The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field.

1957 - U.S. President Eisenhower sent federal troops to Little Rock, AR, to enforce school integration.

1960 - The first nuclear powered aircraft carrier was launched. The USS Enterprise set out from Newport News, VA.

1961 - "The Bullwinkle Show" premiered in prime time on NBC-TV. The show was originally on ABC in the afternoon as "Rocky and His Friends."

1963 - The U.S. Senate ratified a treaty that limited nuclear testing. The treaty was between the U.S., Britain, and the Soviet Union.

1968 - "60 Minutes" premiered on CBS-TV.

1968 - "The Mod Squad" premiered on ABC-TV.

1969 - The trial began for the "Chicago Eight," who were accused of inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic national convention.

1976 - Patricia Hearst was sentenced to 7 years in prison for her role in a 1974 bank robbery. An executive clemency order from U.S. President Jimmy Carter set her free after only 22 months.

1977 - "The Love Boat" debuted on ABC-TV. The theme song was sung by Jack Jones and was written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox.

1991 - Jack Mann, a British hostage, was set free by Lebanese kidnappers. He had been held captive for more than two years.

1991 - Theodor Seuss Geisel died at the age of 87. The children's author is better known as Dr. Seuss.

1994 - Ten Haitians were killed when a firefight erupted between U.S. Marines and a group of armed Haitians in Cap-Haitian.

1995 - Three decades of Israeli occupation of West Bank cities ended with the signing of a pact by Israel and the PLO.

1996 - The United States, represented by President Clinton, and the world's other major nuclear powers signed a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty to end all testing and development of nuclear weapons.

1998 - Gianluigi Assennato, 34, will be tried for one count of stalking and three counts of making terrorist threats towards Andrea Thompson.

1998 - The U.S. Federal Reserve released into circulation $2 billion in new harder-to-counterfeit $20 bills.

2001 - U.S. President George W. Bush froze the assets of 27 suspected terrorists and terrorist groups.

2003 - Anthony Hopkins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2004 - The USS Crommelin stopped the fishing boat San Jose. The Coast Guard team found 26,000 pounds of cocaine.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sep. 23 - This Day In History

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63 B.C. - Caesar Augustus was born in Rome.

1642 - The first commencement at Harvard College, in Cambridge, MA, was held.

1713 - King Ferdinand VI of Spain was born in Madrid. He was king from 1746 to 1759.

1779 - John Paul Jones, commander of the American warship Bon Homme, was quoted as saying "I have not yet begun to fight!"

1780 - John Andre, a British spy, was captured with papers revealing that Benedict Arnold was going to surrender West Point, NY, to the British.

1806 - The Corps of Discovery, the Lewis and Clark expedition, reached St. Louis, MO, and ended the trip to the Pacific Northwest.

1838 - Victoria Chaflin Woodhull was born. She became the first female candidate for the U.S. Presidency.

1845 - The Knickerbocker Base Ball Club of New York was formed by Alexander Joy Cartwright. It was the first baseball team in America.

1846 - Astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune.

1897 - The first recorded traffic fatality in Great Britain occurred. It happened 2 years before the first fatality in the U.S.

1912 - "Keystone Comedy" by Mack Sennett was released.

1930 - Flashbulbs were patented by Johannes Ostermeier.

1939 - Sigmund Freud died in London. He was recognized as the founder of psychoanalysis.

1951 - The first transcontinental telecast was received on the west coast. The show "Crusade for Freedom" was broadcast by CBS-TV from New York.

1952 - The first Pay Television sporting event took place. The Marciano-Walcott fight was seen in 49 theaters in 31 cities.

1952 - Richard Nixon gave his "Checkers Speech". At the time he was a candidate for U.S. vice-president.

1953 - "The Robe" premiered in Hollywood a week after its premiere in New York. The 20th Century Fox movie had been filmed using the Cinemascope wide screen process.

1957 - Nine black students withdrew from Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas due to the white mob outside.

1962 - New York's Philharmonic Hall opened. It was the first unit of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The hall was later renamed the Avery Fisher Hall.

1962 - "The Jetsons" premiered on ABC-TV. It was the first program on the network to be carried in color.

1964 - The new ceiling painting of the Paris Opera house was unveiled. The work was done by Russian-born artist Marc Chagall.

1973 - Overthrown Argentine president Juan Peron was returned to power. He had been overthrown in 1955. His wife, Eva Duarte, was the subject of the musical "Evita."

1981 - The Reagan administration announced its plans for what became known as Radio Marti.

1986 - Japanese newspapers quoted Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone as saying that minorities lowered the "intelligence level" of America.

1990 - Iraq publicly threatened to destroy Middle East oil fields and to attack Israel if any nation tried to force it from Kuwait.

1991 - U.N. weapons inspectors find documents detailing Iraq's secret nuclear weapons program. The find in Baghdad triggered a standoff with authorities in Iraq.

1993 - The Israeli parliament ratified the Israel-PLO accord.

1993 - Blacks were allowed a role in the South African government after a parliamentary vote.

1998 - Jamie Lee Curtis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1999 - A 17-month-old girl fell 230 feet from the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, British Columbia. The girl had bruises but no broken limbs from the fall onto a rocky ledge.

1999 - Siegfried & Roy received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1999 - Jean-Claude Van Damme was arrested for drunk driving and driving without a license after he crashed his Mercedes-Benz into a restaurant. On July 10, 2000, Van Damme was given three years probation and fined $1,200.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sep. 22 - This Day In History

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1656 - An all-female jury heard the case of a woman murdering her child. The jury in Patuxent, MD, voted for acquittal.

1776 - During the Revolutionary War, Nathan Hale was hanged as a spy by the British.

1789 - The U.S. Congress authorized the office of Postmaster General.

1792 - The French Republic was proclaimed.

1828 - Shaka, the African ruler and founder of the Zulu kingdom, was murdered by his half-brother Dingane. Shaka's mental illness had begun to compromise his leadership.

1862 - U.S. President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. It stated that all slaves held within rebel states would be free as of January 1, 1863.

1903 - Italo Marchiony was granted a patent for the ice cream cone.

1914 - Three British cruisers were sunk by one German submarine in the North Sea. 1,400 British sailors were killed. This event alerted the British to the effectiveness of the submarine.

1927 - In Chicago, IL, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous "long-count" fight.

1949 - The Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb successfully.

1955 - Commercial television began in Great Britain. The rules said that only six minutes of ads were allowed each hour and there was no Sunday morning TV permitted.

1961 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy signed a congressional act that established the Peace Corps.

1964 - "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." debuted on NBC-TV.

1966 - The U.S. lunar probe Surveyor 2 crashed into the moon.

1969 - Willie Mays hit his 600th career home run.

1975 - Sara Jane Moore attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford. 17 days earlier Lynnette "Squeaky" Fromme made an assassination attempt against Ford.

1980 - A border conflict between Iran and Iraq developed into a full-scale war.

1986 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan addressed the U.N. General Assembly and voiced a new hope for arms control. He also criticized the Soviet Union for arresting U.S. journalist Nicholas Daniloff.

1988 - Canada's government apologized for the internment of Japanese-Canadian's during World War II. They also promised compensation.

1990 - Saudi Arabia expelled most of the Yememin and Jordanian envoys in Riyadh. The Saudi accusations were unspecific.

1991 - An article in the London newspaper "The Mail" revealed that John Cairncross admitted to being the "fifth man" in the Soviet Union's British spy ring.

1992 - The U.N. General Assembly expelled Yugoslavia for its role in the war between Bosnia and Herzegovina.

1993 - 47 people were killed when an Amtrak passenger train derailed near Mobile, AL.

1994 - The U.S. upgraded its military control in Haiti.

1995 - AWACS plane crashed on takeoff at Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage, AK. All 24 of the U.S. and Canadian military personnel were killed.

1996 - Robert Dent, in Australia, became the first person to commit legally assisted suicide under a voluntary euthanasia law. Dent was suffering from terminal cancer.

1998 - The U.S. and Russia signed two agreements. One was to privatize Russia's nuclear program and the other was to stop plutonium stockpiles and nuclear scientists from leaving the country.

1998 - U.S. President Clinton addressed the United Nations and told world leaders to "end all nuclear tests for all time". He then sent the long-delayed global test-ban treaty to the U.S. Senate.

1998 - Keely Smith received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sep. 21 - This Day In History

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1792 - The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.

1784 - "The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser" was published for the first time in Philadelphia. It was the first daily paper in America.

1893 - Frank Duryea took what is believed to be the first gasoline- powered automobile for a test drive. The "horseless carriage" was designed by Frank and Charles Duryea.

1897 - The New York Sun ran the "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" editorial. It was in response to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon.

1931 - Britain went off the gold standard.

1931 - Japanese forces began occupying China's northeast territory of Manchuria.

1937 - J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" was first published.

1938 - A hurricane struck parts of New York and New England killing more than 600 people.

1941 - "The Second Mrs. Burton" premiered to the entire CBS Radio Network.

1948 - Milton Berle debuted as the host of "The Texaco Star Theater" on NBC-TV. The show later became "The Milton Berle Show." Berle was the regular host until 1967.

1948 - "Life With Luigi" debuted on CBS Radio.

1949 - Communist leaders proclaimed The People's Republic of China.

1957 - "Perry Mason", the television series, made its debut on CBS-TV. The show was on for 9 years.

1961 - Antonio Abertondo swam the English Channel (in both directions) in 24 hours and 25 minutes.

1964 - Malta gained independence from Britain.

1966 - The Soviet probe Zond 5 returned to Earth. The spacecraft completed the first unmanned round-trip flight to the moon.

1970 - "NFL Monday Night Football" made its debut on ABC-TV. The game was between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets. The Browns won 31-21.

1973 - Henry Kissinger was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become 56th Secretary of State. He was the first naturalized citizen to hold the office of Secretary of State.

1976 - Orlando Letelier, former foreign minister for President Salvador Allende of Chili, was killed by a car bomb in Washington, DC.

1981 - The U.S. Senate confirmed Sandra Day O'Connor to be the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

1981 - Belize gained full independence from Great Britain.

1982 - National Football League (NFL) players began a 57-day strike. It was their first regular-season walkout.

1982 - Amin Gemayel was elected president of Lebanon. He was the brother of Bashir Gemayel who was the president-elect when he was assassinated.

1984 - General Motors and the United Auto Workers union reached an agreement that would end the previous six days of spot strikes.

1985 - North and South Korea opened their borders for their family reunion program.

1989 - Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston, SC, causing $8 billion in damage.

1991 - Richard L. Worthington finally freed his nine hostages at the end of 18 hours in Sandy, UT. Worthington had killed a nurse before seizing control of a hospital maternity ward.

1993 - Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin announced that he was ousting the Communist-dominated Congress. The action was effectively seizing all state power.

1996 - The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.

1996 - John F. Kennedy Jr. married Carolyn Bessette in a secret ceremony on Cumberland Island, GA.

1998 - The videotaped grand jury statement that U.S. President Bill Clinton made concerning the Monica Lewinsky case was made public.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

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1519 - Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan left Spain to find a route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. Magellan was killed during the trip, but one of his ships eventually made the journey.

1870 - The Papal States came under the control of Italian troops, leading to the unification of Italy.

1881 - Chester A. Arthur became the 21st president of the U.S. President James A. Garfield had died the day before.

1884 - The Equal Rights Party was formed in San Francisco, CA.

1921 - KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA, started a daily radio newscast. It was one of the first in the U.S.

1946 - The first Cannes Film Festival premiered. The original premier was delayed in 1939 due to World War II.

1946 - WNBT-TV in New York became the first station to promote a motion picture. Scenes from "The Jolson Story" were shown.

1953 - The TV show "Letter to Loretta" premiered. The name was changed to "The Loretta Young Show" on February 14, 1954.

1953 - Jimmy Stewart debuted on the radio western "The Six Shooter" on NBC.

1955 - "You'll Never Be Rich" premiered on CBS-TV. The name was changed less than two months later to "The Phil Silvers Show."

1958 - Martin Luther King Jr. was stabbed in the chest at a New York City department store by an apparently deranged black woman.

1962 - James Meredith, a black student, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Governor Ross R. Barnett. Meredith was later admitted.

1963 - U.S. President John F. Kennedy proposed a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition to the moon in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

1977 - The first of the "boat people" arrived in San Francisco from Southeast Asia under a new U.S. resettlement program.

1982 - U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that the U.S., France, and Italy were going to send peacekeeping troops back to Beirut.

1984 - A Hizbulla suicide bomber destroyed the rebuilt U.S. Embassy in Beirut. 25 people were killed.

1984 - "The Cosby Show" premiered on NBC-TV.

1985 - A second major earthquake hit Mexico City.

1988 - The United Nations opened it 43rd General Assembly.

1989 - The wreckage of a DC-10 belonging to the French airliner UTA was found in Niger. The plane disappeared on September 19 with 171 passengers onboard. The Paris-bound plane was believed to have been brought down by a bomb.

1989 - F.W. de Klerk was sworn in as president of South Africa.

1991 - U.N. weapons inspectors left for Iraq in a renewed search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.

1992 - French voters approved the Maastricht Treaty.

1995 - AT&T announced that it would be splitting into three companies. The three companies were AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and NCR Corp.

1995 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted to drop the national speed limit. This allowed the states to decide their own speed limits.

1999 - Raisa Gorbachev, wife of former Soviet President Mikhail Gorvachev, died of leukemia.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sep. 19 - This Day In History

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1356 - The Battle of Poitiers was fought between England and France. Edward "the Black Prince" captured France's King John.

1777 - The Battle of Saratoga was won by American soldiers during the Revolutionary War.

1796 - U.S. President Washington's farewell address was published.

1819 - John Keats wrote "Ode to Autumn."

1876 - Melville R. Bissell patented the carpet sweeper.

1881 - James A. Garfield died of wounds from an assassin. The 20th U.S. president lived for 11 weeks after the wounds were inflicted.

1891 - "The Merchant of Venice" was performed for the first time at Manchester.

1893 - In New Zealand, the Electoral Act 1893 was consented to giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.

1934 - Bruno Hauptman was arrested in New York and charged with the kidnapping and murder of the infant son of Charles and Anna Lindbergh.

1945 - William Joyce, also known as "Lord Haw-Haw", was sentenced to death by a British court for his role as a Nazi propagandist.

1955 - Eva Marie Saint, Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman starred in the "Producer's Showcase" presentation of "Our Town" on NBC-TV.

1955 - Argentina President Juan Peron was ousted after a revolt by the army and navy.

1957 - The U.S. conducted its first underground nuclear test. The test took place in the Nevada desert.

1959 - Nikita Khruschev was not allowed to visit Disneyland due to security reasons. Khrushchev reacted angrily.

1960 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in New York to visit the United Nations, checked out of the Shelburne Hotel angrily after a dispute with the management.

1970 - "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" premiered on CBS-TV.

1982 - Scott Fahlman became the first person to use :-) in an online message.

1983 - Lebanese army units defending Souk el-Gharb were supported in their effort by two U.S. Navy ships off Beirut.

1984 - China and Britain completed a draft agreement transferring Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule by 1997.

1985 - An earthquake registering 8.1 on the Richter Scale hit the Mexico City area. About 6,000 people were killed.

1986 - U.S. health officials announced that AZT, though an experimental drug, would be made available to AIDS patients.

1988 - Israel successfully launched the Horizon-I test satellite.

1989 - A DC-10 belonging to the French airliner UTA disappeared while carrying 171 people to Paris. The wreckage of the plane was found the next day in Niger. It was believed a bomb was responsible.

1990 - Iraq began confiscating foreign assets of countries that were imposing sanctions against the Iraqi government.

1992 - The U.N. Security Council recommended suspending Yugoslavia due to its role in the Bosnian civil war.

1994 - U.S. troops entered Haiti peacefully to enforce the return of exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

1995 - The Unabomber's manifesto was published by The Washington Post and the New York Times.

1995 - The U.S. Senate passed a welfare overhaul bill.

1995 - The commander of American forces in Japan and the U.S. ambassador apologized for the rape of a schoolgirl committed by three U.S. servicemen.

1996 - The government of Guatemala and leftist rebels signed a peace treaty to end their long war.

2002 - In Ivory Coast, around 750 rebel soldiers attempted to overthrow the government. U.S. troops landed on September 25th to help move foreigners, including Americans, to safer areas.

2003 - It was reported that AOL Time Warner was going to drop "AOL" from its name and be known as Time Warner Inc. The company had announced its merger and name change on January 10, 2000.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

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1709 - The creator of the first dictionary of the English language, Samuel Johnson, was born in England.

1759 - The French formally surrendered Quebec to the British.

1763 - It was reported, by the Boston Gazette, that the first piano had been built in the United States. The instrument was named the spinet and was made by John Harris.

1789 - Alexander Hamilton negotiated and secured the first loan for the United States. The Temporary Loan of 1789 was repaid on June 8, 1790 at the sum of $191,608.81.

1793 - U.S. President George Washington laid the actual cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.

1810 - Chile declared its independence from Spain.

1830 - The "Tom Thumb", the first locomotive built in America, raced a horse on a nine-mile course. The horse won when the locomotive had some mechanical difficulties.

1850 - The Fugitive Slave Act was declared by the U.S. Congress. The act allowed slave owners to claim slaves that had escaped into other states.

1851 - The first issue of "The New York Times" was published.

1891 - Harriet Maxwell Converse became the first white woman to ever be named chief of an Indian tribe. The tribe was the Six Nations Tribe at Towanda Reservation in New York.

1895 - Daniel David Palmer gave the first chiropractic adjustment.

1927 - Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System made its debut with its network broadcast over 16 radio stations. The name was later changed to CBS.

1940 - "You Can't Go Home Again" by Thomas Wolfe was published by Harper and Brothers.

1947 - The U.S. Air Force was established as a separate military branch by the National Security Act.

1955 - The "Ed Sullivan Show" began on CBS-TV. The show had been "The Toast of the Town" since 1948.

1961 - United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold was killed in a plane crash in northern Rhodesia (now Zambia).

1963 - "The Patty Duke Show" premiered on ABC-TV.

1965 - The first episode of "I Dream of Jeannie" was shown on NBC-TV. The last show was televised on September 1, 1970.

1975 - The FBI captured newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst in San Francisco, CA. 19 months earlier she had been kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

1981 - A museum honoring former U.S. President Ford was dedicated in Grand Rapids, MI.

1984 - The 39th session of the U.N. General Assembly was opened with an appeal to the U.S. and Soviet Union to resume arms negotiations.

1990 - Charles H. Keating was jailed in Los Angeles after being indicted on criminal fraud charges concerning saving-and-loans.

1991 - U.S. President George H.W. Bush said that he would send warplanes to escort U.N. helicopters that were searching for hidden Iraqi weapons if it became necessary.

1994 - Haiti's military leaders agreed to depart on October 15th. This action averted a U.S.-led invasion to force them out of power.

1997 - Ted Turner, U.S. Media magnate, announced that over the next ten years he would give $1 billion to the United Nations.

1998 - 18 people, including adults and children, were massacred by gunmen in el Sauzal, Mexico. The victims were lined up in firing squad style after being dragged from their beds.

1998 - The U.S. House Judiciary Committee voted to release to videotape of President Clinton's grand jury testimony from August 17.

1998 - The FDA approved a once-a-day easier-to-swallow medication for AIDS patients.

2003 - Robert Duvall received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Sep. 17 - This Day In History

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1778 - The United States signed its first treaty with a Native American tribe, the Delaware Nation.

1787 - The Constitution of the United States of America was signed by delegates at the Constitutional Convention.

1796 - U.S. President George Washington's Farewell Address was read before the U.S. Congress.

1862 - The Battle of Antietam took place during the American Civil War. More than 23,000 men were killed, wounded, or missing. The Rebel advance was ended with heavy losses to both armies.

1872 - Phillip W. Pratt patented a version of the sprinkler system.

1908 - An airplane crashed during a demonstration in Arlington Heights, VA. Thomas Selfridge was killed, becoming the first person to be killed in an airplane accident. Orville Wright, the pilot, survived with multiple hip and leg fractures.

1911 - The first transcontinental airplane flight started. It took C.P. Rogers 82 hours to fly from New York City to Pasadena, CA.

1920 - The American Professional Football Association was formed in Canton, OH. It was the precursor to the National Football League (NFL).

1930 - Construction on Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam, began in Black Canyon, near Las Vegas, NV.

1932 - Sir Malcolm Campbell set a speed record when he reached 276.27 mph over a half mile.

1937 - At Mount Rushmore, Abraham Lincoln's face was dedicated.

1939 - The Soviet Union invaded Poland. Germany had invaded Poland on September 1.

1944 - Operation "Market Garden" was launched by Allied paratroopers during World War II. The landing point was behind German lines in the Netherlands.

1947 - The first U.S. Secretary of Defense, James V. Forrestal, was sworn in to office.

1948 - Count Folk Bernadette, the United Nations mediator for Palestine, was assassinated in Jerusalem by Jewish extremists.

1949 - The Canadian passenger steamer Noronic was gutted by fire at a Toronto pier. 130 people were killed.

1953 - Ernie Banks became the first black baseball player to wear a Chicago Cubs uniform. He retired in 1971 known as 'Mr. Cub'.

1953 - The Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, LA, successfully separated Siamese twins. Carolyn Anne and Catherine Anne Mouton were connected at the waist when born.

1955 - "The Perry Como Show" moved to Saturday nights on NBC-TV.

1961 - The Minnesota Vikings were debuted as the new National Football League (NFL) team.

1962 - U.S. space officials announced the selection of Neil A. Armstrong and eight others as new astronauts.

1963 - "The Fugitive" premiered on ABC-TV. The show starred David Janssen.

1964 - "Bewitched" premiered on ABC-TV.

1965 - "Hogan's Heroes" debuted on CBS-TV.

1966 - "Mission Impossible" premiered on CBS-TV.

1972 - "M*A*S*H" premiered on CBS-TV.

1976 - NASA unveiled the space shuttle Enterprise in Palmdale, CA.

1980 - Anastasio Somoza, former Nicaraguan president, was assassinated in Paraguay.

1983 - Vanessa Williams, as Miss New York, became the first black woman to be crowned Miss America.

1983 - Johnny Bench, of the Cincinnati Reds, retired after 16 years as a catcher.

1983 - Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox broke Hank Aaron's major league record for games played when he started his 3,299th game. (MLB)

1984 - 9,706 immigrants became naturalized citizens when they were sworn in by U.S. Vice-President George Bush in Miami, FL. It was the largest group to become U.S. citizens.

1984 - Gordon P. Getty was named the richest person in the U.S. His fortune was $4.1 billion.

1984 - Reggie Jackson hit his 500th career home run. It was exactly 17 years from the day he hit his first major league home run.

1986 - A bomb exploded outside of a department store in Paris killing 7 and injuring 51.

1988 - Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril declared himself president of Haiti after President Henri Hamphy was ousted.

1991 - The United Nations General Assembly opened its 46th session. The new members were Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, North and South Korea, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.

1992 - Lawrence Walsh called a halt to his probe of the Iran-Contra scandal. The investigation had lasted 5 1/2 years.

1995 - Hong Kong held its last legislative election before being taken over by China in 1997.

1997 - Northern Ireland's main Protestant party joined in peace talks. It was the first time that all of the major players had come together.

1998 - The United States government offered a reward for the capture of Haroun Fazil for his role in the U.S. bombing in Kenya on August 7, 1998.

1998 - The U.S. announced a plan that would compensate victims in the Kenya and Tanzania U.S. Embassy bombings on August 7, 1998.

1998 - A United Nations convoy was ambushed in Angola. There were no serious injuries from the fire fight that occurred.

2004 - The USS Curts intercepted the fishing vessel Lina Maria about 300 miles southwest of the Galapagos Islands. The fishing boat had 30,000 pounds of cocaine on board. At the time it was the largest cocaine seizure in U.S. Coast Guard history.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

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1400 - Owain Glyndwr was proclaimed Prince of Wales after rebelling against English rule. He was the last Welsh-born Prince of Wales.

1620 - The Mayflower departed from Plymouth, England. The ship arrived at Provincetown, MA, on November 21st and then at Plymouth, MA, on December 26th. There were 102 passengers onboard.

1630 - The village of Shawmut changed its name to Boston.

1782 - The Great Seal of the United States was impressed on document to negotiate a prisoner of war agreement with the British. It was the first official use of the impression.

1810 - The Mexicans began a revolt against Spanish rule. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest of Spanish descent, declared Mexico's independence from Spain in the small town of Dolores.

1893 - The "Cherokee Strip" in Oklahoma was swarmed by hundreds of thousands of settlers.

1908 - General Motors was founded by William Crapo "Billy" Durant. The company was formed by merging the Buick and Olds car companies.

1919 - Marvin Middlemark was born. He was the inventor of the rabbit ears TV antenna.

1924 - Jim Bottomley knocked in 12 runs in a single game setting a major league baseball record.

1940 - U.S. President Roosevelt signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which set up the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history.

1940 - Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He served for 17 years.

1941 - "The Arkansas Traveler" debuted on CBS Radio. The show was later renamed "The Bob Burns Show."

1953 - "The Robe" premiered at the Roxy Theater in New York. It was the first movie filmed in the wide screen CinemaScope process.

1953 - The St. Louis Browns of the American League were given permission to move to Baltimore, MD, where they became the Baltimore Orioles.

1963 - "The Outer Limits" premiered on ABC-TV.

1965 - "The Dean Martin Show" debuted on NBC-TV.

1968 - "The Andy Griffith Show" was seen for the final time on CBS.

1972 - "The Bob Newhart Show" premiered on CBS-TV.

1974 - U.S. President Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for draft-evaders and deserters during the Vietnam War.

1976 - The Episcopal Church formally approved women to be ordained as priests and bishops.

1982 - In west Beirut, the massacre of hundreds of Palestinian men, women and children began in refugee camps of the Lebanese Christian militiamen.

1985 - The Communist Party in China announced changes in leadership that were designed to bring younger officials into power.

1987 - The Montreal Protocol was signed by 24 countries in an effort to save the Earth's ozone layer by reducing emissions of harmful chemicals by the year 2000.

1988 - Tom Browning pitched the 12th perfect game in major league baseball.

1990 - An eight-minute videotape of an address by U.S. President H.W. Bush was shown on Iraqi television. The message warned that action of Saddam Hussein could plunge them into a war "against the world."

1991 - A federal judge in Washington dismissed the Iran-Contra charges against Oliver North.

1994 - Exxon Corporation was ordered by federal jury to pay $5 billion in punitive damages to the people harmed by the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.

1994 - Two astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery went on the first untethered spacewalk in 10 years.

1998 - Universal paid $9 million for the rights to the Dr. Seuss classics "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Oh, the Places You'll Go."

1998 - Meryl Streep received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1999 - In Volgodnosk, Russia, a bomb in an apartment killed at least 17 people. Chechen militants seeking independence from Russia were suspected as the planners.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

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1775 - An early and unofficial American flag was raised by Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Mott after the seizing of Fort Johnson from the British. The flag was dark blue with the white word "Liberty" spelled on it.

1776 - British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.

1789 - The U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs was renamed the Department of State.

1821 - Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador proclaimed independence.

1853 - Reverend Antoinette Brown Blackwell was ordained becoming first female minister in the United States.

1857 - Timothy Alder earned a patent for the typesetting machine.

1858 - The first mail service begins to the Pacific Coast of the U.S. under government contract. Coaches from the Butterfield Overland Mail Company took 12 days to make the journey between Tipton, MO and San Francisco, CA.

1883 - The University of Texas at Austin opened.

1909 - A New York judge rule that Ford Motor Company had infringed on George Seldon's patent for the "Road Engine." The ruling was later overturned.

1909 - Charles F. Kettering applied for a patent on his ignition system. His company Delco (Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company) later became a subsidiary of General Motors.

1916 - During the Battle of the Somme, in France, tanks were first used in warfare when the British rolled them onto the battlefields.

1917 - Alexander Kerensky proclaimed Russia to be a republic.

1923 - Oklahoma was placed under martial law by Gov. John Calloway Walton due to terrorist activity by the Ku Klux Klan. After this declaration national newspapers began to expose the Klan and its criminal activities.

1928 - Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic penicillin in the mold Penicillium notatum.

1935 - The Nuremberg Laws were enacted by Nazi Germany. The act stripped all German Jews of their civil rights and the swastika was made the official symbol of Nazi Germany.

1940 - The German Luftwaffe suffered the loss of 185 planes in the Battle of Britain. The change in tide forced Hitler to abandon his plans for invading Britain.

1949 - "The Lone Ranger" premiered on ABC. Clayton Moore was the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels was Tonto.

1950 - U.N. forces landed at Inchon, Korea in an attempt to relieve South Korean forces and recapture Seoul.

1953 - The National Boxing Association adopted the 10-point scoring system for all of its matches.

1955 - Betty Robbins became the first woman cantor.

1959 - Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev arrived in the U.S. to begin a 13-day visit.

1961 - The U.S. resumed underground testing of nuclear weapons.

1963 - A church bombing kills four young girls in Birmingham, AL. Robert Chambliss was not brought to justice until 1977.

1965 - "Lost in Space" premiered on CBS TV.

1965 - "Green Acres" premiered on CBS TV.

1971 - Greenpeace was founded.

1972 - The Watergate indictments began against seven perpetrators.

1978 - Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks to win his 3rd World Heavyweight Boxing title.

1982 - The first issue of "USA Today" was published.

1982 - Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, Iran's former foreign minister, was executed. He had been convicted of plotting against the government.

1983 - The U.S. Senate joined the U.S. House of Representatives in their condemning of the Soviet Union for shooting down a Korean jet with 269 people onboard.

1990 - France announced that it would send an additional 4,000 soldiers to the Persian Gulf. They also expelled Iraqi military attaches in Paris.

1993 - The FBI announced a new national campaign concerning the crime of carjacking.

1993 - Katherine Ann Power surrendered to authorities to face charges in a 1970 bank robbery in which Walter Schroeder Sr. of the Boston Police was killed. She had been in hiding for 23 years.

1994 - U.S. President Clinton told Haiti's military leaders "Your time is up. Leave now or we will force you from power."

1995 - The U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women was held in Beijing.

1998 - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the Iranian military to be on full alert and massed troops on its border with Afghanistan.

1998 - It was announced that 5.9 million people read The Starr Report on the Internet. 606,000 people read the White House defense of U.S. President Clinton.

1998 - David Andrew Douglas was convicted of strangling his 3-year-old granddaughter Shelby Lynne Barrackman because she licked icing off cupcakes.

1999 - The United Nations approved the deployment of a multinational peacekeeping force in East Timor.

2003 - In Independence, MO, the birthplace of Ginger Rogers was designated a local landmark. The move by the Independence City Council qualified the home for historic preservation.

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