1959 : Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev engage in a heated debate about capitalism and communism in the middle of a model kitchen set up for the American National Exhibition in Moscow.
1990 : Reports of mass Iraq troops on the Kuwait border raise concerns that Iraq is planning to invade the country which is one of the richest oil nations in the world. Just over one week later on August 2, 1990 Iraq did invade Kuwait and within two days most of the Kuwaiti Armed Forces and Iraq was in control. Following a number of UN Security Council resolutions and Arab League including Resolution 678 gave Iraq a withdrawal deadline from Kuwait of January 15,1991. The following day when Iraq forces did not leave January 16th a UN coalition force begins (Operation Desert Storm) joining the regional states of Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf states and by February 28, 1991 Iraq forces had been forced to leave Kuwait.
1911 : Hiram Bingham, a Yale history professor, re-discovers Machu Picchu in the Andes. The lost city, likely built in the mid-1400s, was already known to locals and introduced internationally through Bingham's discovery. He returned to excavate the site in 1912.
1915 : The steamer Eastland overturns in the Chicago River, drowning between 800 and 850 of its passengers who were heading to a picnic.
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1939 : The continuing drought conditions in the North Eastern US continue and farmers are now resigned to losing much of the crop and are using the valuable water for kitchen gardens to ensure the family will have food during the long cold winter period. many wells and streams have now dried up due to the lack of rainfall.
1943 : Britain and the United States work together on bombing raids on Hamburg continuing non stop for 7 days and nights with British bombers bombing Hamburg by night, and Americans bombing it by day. The resulting firestorms from the bombing left at least 40,000 dead in the first 3 days.
1969 : Apollo 11, the U.S. spacecraft that had taken the first astronauts to the surface of the moon, safely returns to Earth, this fulfilled the dream of President John F. Kennedy in 1961 when he said "I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth."
1974 : The US Supreme Court orders President Nixon to hand over tape recordings of White House conversations about the Watergate affair to the Watergate special prosecutor.
1978 : The Senate energy committee rejected a bid to designate the potentially oil rich National Wildlife Range as Wilderness . Naturalists want the area protected from drilling to protect the 120,000 Caribou who use the range as a calving area, Many believe that this wildlife range could provide the largest onshore oil and gas field in the US in future.
1979 : Ted Bundy was found guilty of murdering two sorority sisters. Although his exact number of victims is unknown, Bundy confessed to more than 30 murders. He was executed in the electric chair on January 24th, 1989.
1986 : In a plan to combat poverty and inflation in the third worlds most indebted nation, the president has announced plans to increase taxes on cars, fuel and foreign travel.
1998 : The rash of mergers around the world continues to grow Bigger is Better Mentality of Corporations) as Enron Corporation acquires British-based Wessex Water, PLC.
1999 : King Hassan the Arab world's longest reigning leader has died of a heart attack and his eldest son and successor, Crown Prince Sidi Mohamed, has been proclaimed commander of the faithful and King of Morocco.
2001 : Tamil Tigers have attacked the only International airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka destroying 6 passenger aircraft half the Sri Lankan Airways fleet and eight military planes. The rebels firing guns and armed with mortars killed 15 and injured many more in the attack, the Sri Lanka tourist industry had just started to gain some important new visitors but this will end hopes for more tourism in the country.
2005 : Lance Armstrong wins a record-setting seventh consecutive Tour de France and retires from the sport.
2006 : Saddam Hussein’s trial for crimes against humanity resumed in Baghdad on this day despite his absence. Hussein was hospitalized after staging a seventeen-day hunger strike in protest of his lawyers' murders.
2007 : The eight presidential candidates for the Democratic party in the United States presidential election of 2008 held their first debate. The candidates answered questions submitted on YouTube, marking the growing influence that social-networking and video-sharing websites have on politics. The Original eight were Senator Barack Obama, Senator Chris Dodd, Senator Joe Biden, Governor Bill Richardson, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Senator John Edwards, Senator Mike Gravel and Senator Hillary Clinton.
2008 : A gunman wounded three people at the South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona on this day.
2011 : Mexican authorities arrest over one thousand people after a police raid in Ciudad Juarez. The raid was meant to crackdown on human trafficking and sexual exploitation in the city, one of the most violent cities in Mexico. Police also announced that they were able to rescue twenty underage women.
2012 : Television actor Sherman Hemsley died at the age of seventy-four. Hemsley was best known for his portrayal of George Jefferson on the sitcoms All in the Family and The Jeffersons which ran for eleven seasons.
2013 : Twenty gang members and two officers are killed in clashes between the Knights Templar drug gang and police in the Michoacan state. Violence has increased quite a lot in the Michoacan state in recent months and vigilante groups have formed throughout the region in order to combat the violence.
We spent many hours researching cost of living information for each year and I created this page after being asked a number of times about why I did not include current prices alongside our cost of living information for each year and thought this was the easiest way to make the information available. includes Average Cost Of New Home, Average Wages, New Car cost, Gallon Of Gas and a 1lb Hamburger Meat, 1920 to 2021
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Born: July 24th, 1951, Phoenix, Arizona
Known For : Lynda joined the Relatives in 1968, who toured for three months in Las Vegas before singing with The Garfin Gathering (where she, quite independent of her later T.V. role, gained the nickname of Wonder Woman). She represented Arizona in the Miss World U.S.A. completion in 1972, and played ABC's Wonder Woman in 1975. It's success launched its TV series that was taken over by CBS in the second season. It was on the air for three seasons in all, ending in 1979.