Friday, September 23, 2005

Today in History - Sept. 23

Today in History - Sept. 23: "In 1952, Republican vice-presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon went on television to deliver what came to be known as the 'Checkers' speech as he refuted allegations of improper campaign financing.

In 1957, nine black students who had entered Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas were forced to withdraw because of a white mob outside.

In 1962, New York's Philharmonic Hall (since renamed Avery Fisher Hall) formally opened as the first unit of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

In 1973, former Argentine president Juan Peron was returned to power.

Ten years ago: In a wide-ranging interview aboard Air Force One, President Clinton admitted he had tended in the past to get hung up on details, and pledged to do a better job in providing reassuring leadership to Americans confused by tumultuous times.

Five years ago: At the Sydney Olympics, Marion Jones won the women's 100-meter final in 10.75 seconds; Maurice Greene took the men's 100 in 9.87 seconds. Commentator Carl T. Rowan died in Washington at age 75.

One year ago: President Bush denied painting too rosy a picture about Iraq, and said he would consider sending more troops if asked; Iraq's interim leader, Ayad Allawi, standing with Bush in the White House Rose Garden, said additional troops weren't needed. Congress extended three middle-class tax cuts in a $146 billion package."

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