Friday, August 05, 2005

Today in History - Aug. 5

Today in History - Aug. 5: "n 1953, Operation Big Switch was under way as prisoners taken during the Korean conflict were exchanged at Panmunjom.

In 1957, 'American Bandstand,' hosted by Dick Clark, made its network debut on ABC.

In 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, was found dead in her Los Angeles home; her death was ruled a probable suicide from an overdose of sleeping pills.

In 1963, the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union signed a treaty in Moscow banning nuclear tests in the atmosphere, in space and underwater.

In 1980, Hurricane Allen battered the southern peninsula of Haiti, leaving more than 200 dead in its wake.

In 1981, the federal government began firing air traffic controllers who had gone out on strike.

In 1984, actor Richard Burton died at a hospital in Geneva, Switzerland, at the age of 58.

Ten years ago: Secretary of State Warren Christopher arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, to 'build a bridge of cooperation.' (Christopher was the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Vietnam since the war and the first ever to go to Hanoi.)

Five years ago: President Clinton vetoed a Republican-sponsored tax cut for married couples, describing it as 'the first installment of a fiscally reckless tax strategy.' Actor Sir Alec Guinness died at a southern England hospital at age 86.

One year ago: New York City's director of ferries pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter in the wreck of a Staten Island ferry. (Patrick Ryan later pleaded guilty to negligent manslaughter.) Two-year-old twins from the Philippines born with the tops of their heads fused together were separated at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. The Georgia men's basketball team was placed on four years' probation for rules violations under former coach Jim Harrick."

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