Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Today in History - Sept. 20

Today in History - Sept. 20: "In 1958, civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. was seriously wounded during an appearance at a New York City department store when an apparently deranged woman stabbed him in the chest.

In 1962, black student James Meredith was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Gov. Ross R. Barnett. (Meredith was later admitted.)

In 1973, in their so-called 'battle of the sexes,' tennis star Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, at the Houston Astrodome.

In 1973, singer-songwriter Jim Croce died in a plane crash near Natchitoches, La.; he was 30.

In 1980, 'Spectacular Bid,' ridden by Bill Shoemaker, ran as the only entry in the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park in New York after three potential challengers dropped out in horse racing's first walkover since 1949.

In 1984, a suicide car bomber attacked the U.S. Embassy annex in north Beirut, killing a dozen people.

Ten years ago: In a move that stunned Wall Street, AT&T Corp. announced it was splitting into three companies. The House voted to drop the national speed limit and let states decide how fast people should drive. Bosnian Serb rebels pulled back enough heavy weapons from around Sarajevo to keep NATO airstrikes at bay.

Five years ago: Independent Counsel Robert Ray announced the end of the Whitewater investigation, saying there was insufficient evidence to warrant charges against President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Former Soviet cosmonaut Gherman Titov died at age 65.

One year ago: CBS News apologized for a 'mistake in judgment' in its story questioning President Bush's National Guard service, saying it could not vouch for the authenticity of documents featured in the report. A video posted on a Web site showed the beheading of a man identified as American civil engineer Eugene Armstrong."

Wheee!

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