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1980: A fire broke out in the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino (Now Bally's Las Vegas) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Smoke and fire spread through the hotel, killing 84 people and injuring 785, including tourists and employees.
Millions of TV viewers tune in to watch the start of the new series of Dallas and find out " Who Shot JR " .
A congressional report accuses US officials of assassination plots against foreign leaders, suggesting the CIA used exotic weapons ranging from exploding seashells to poison cigars with presidential approval ( No proof was ever obtained of these accusations ) but following the report President Gerald Ford responded by issuing Executive Order 11905, banning the US from authorizing assassinations of foreign leaders.
Sunday, 1920 Bloody Sunday left more than 31 people dead including fourteen British, fourteen Irish civilians and three republican prisoners
Tuesday, 1922: A radio was being installed in a Van Oss, Oklahoma small-town school. A very progressive idea as radio was still not in every home this action opened up the opportunity for this particular district to here some of the latest radio shows.
The court had ordered the return of 57,000 gallons of alcohol to the company that was "bootlegging" it (selling it illegally). Likewise, the judge ruled that the sale of the alcohol sold illegally could not be taxed by the I.R.S., especially since it was being used as evidence in a pending case. ( was there corruption in this case )
A professional faster had been admitted to the hospital after he had a violent attack in his glass cage. This episode occurred after a woman took out a piece of chocolate to eat. Apparently this was some kind of scientific "no food and no sleep" experiment.
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Five hundred Striking coal miners from the Columbine Mine and their families in Serene, Colorado are beaten with clubs by Colorado state police and when they continue towards the town machine guns are used to cut them down, the death toll was 6 miners and although miners blamed Colorado state police for the massacre, it is thought it was the mining companies guards who opened fire with the machine guns.
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1935 : France made a motion to stop gold export. Moreover, the Bank of France changed its discount rate from 4 percent to 5 percent. These actions were intended to help maintain the stability of the French mark (the Franc).
The Alcan Highway, which connects British Columbia to Alaska, was officially opened by Canada's Pension Minister Ian MacKenzie and Acting Gov. E.L. Bartlett of Alaska .
Thousands of planes nearly half of them heavy bombers-attacked central German oil plants. At least 4,000 tons of explosives were used. It can be said that this was a great day for the Allied Forces of World War II.
1945: The United Auto Workers staged the first postwar strike at the General Motors plant in Detroit, Michigan.
A meeting was called by the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission. At the time this meeting was in session, an angry protest was initiated by way of Peiping Red radio. An attempt was being made during this time to send three North-Korean held soldiers back to South Korea. However, this action was not "going to well."
1964 : Staten Island and Brooklyn were linked by the new Verrazano Narrows Bridge with a center span of 60 feet. The longest in existence at this time.
70 new outbreaks of foot and mouth have been confirmed, bringing the total to 746 since the first case last month. The epidemic is now the worst this century and the government has issued additional guidelines including farmers to keep people and vehicles off farms by arranging a farm gate collection and delivery services.
The Pentagon brought back more than 100 B52 bombers to the United States. The majority of these were returned to their original nuclear striking zone prior to the U.S. bombing of Indochina.
1974 : Two bombs explode in pubs in central Birmingham at the Mulberry Bush and the Tavern in the Town, killing 19 and injuring over 180.
Congress passes the "Freedom Of Information Act" passed over Gerald Fords Veto allowing for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States Government. The Freedom of Information Act strengthened amendments in the Privacy Act of 1974 following the Nixon Watergate scandal. Gerald Ford originally wanted to sign the act but concern (by his chief of staff Donald Rumsfeld and deputy Dick Cheney ( 46th Vice President of the United States)) persuaded Ford to veto the bill.
An attack on the American embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan by a mob who had been incited after listening to a radio report from the Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, saying Americans were behind the occupation of Islam's holiest site, the Great Mosque in Mecca, leaves the Embassy burned to the ground killing a US marine.
The result of communications between President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev when they met was an agreement to speed up nuclear arms reduction negotiations. There was some disagreement, however, regarding Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative.
1986: National Security Council staff member Oliver North and his secretary, Fawn Hall, begin shredding documents that would have exposed their participation in a range of illegal activities over the sale of arms to Iran and the diversion of the proceeds to a rebel Nicaraguan group.
A report was made dated this date, regarding a decision made by the government of Quebec. A few days prior to this news, this Canadian province halted plans to build the largest hydroelectric power source in the world. This project was going to be called the Great Whale, and would have been made up of various dams and dikes.
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After months of negotiation a lasting peace plan for war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina has been signed at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The peace agreement "The Dayton Accord" brokered by US President Bill Clinton has been agreed between the Bosnian leader ( Alija Izetbegovic ), Serbian leader ( Slobodan Milosevic ) and Croatia ( Franjo Tudjman ) leaders and will be enforced by 60,000 Nato troops in the area
1995 : The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 5,000 for the first time.
A gas explosion at the Humberto Vidal shoe store in R√≠o Piedras causes the building to collapse killing 33, the building held a number of different stores including a jewelry store and a music shop and was also home to the Humberto Vidal Shoe Company head offices.
An angry crowd of people set fire to and stabbed riot demonstrators. This incident took place after it was announced by an Islamic news publication that the Miss World Beauty Pageant would have been accepted by Islam's founding prophet. A total of 50 people were killed and 200 others were injured.
2004 : The town of Portsmouth in Dominica is struck by the countries worst earthquake ( 6.0 ) in the countries history.
Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts File For Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
The "Paris Club" "an informal group of financial officials from 19 of the world's richest countries" agrees to write off $31 billion of Iraq's external debt to members of the "Paris Club" . The agreement will allow Iraq to concentrate it's finances on reconstruction for the country.
Italy has named its new military intelligence chief, who will be replacing Nicolo Pollari, who was allegedly linked to a CIA abduction. Pollari was among several Italian agents facing an inquiry into the alleged kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric by the US spy agency in 2003. The Italian navy's Admiral Bruno Branciforte will be heading the Sismi secret service.
The US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, says that the United States will try to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians in 2008. She says that both sides have agreed to work towards the establishment of an independent Palestinian state before George Bush leaves office. ( We are now 3 years later and no true end in sight )
Thousands of people have protested in Baghdad against the proposed deal that will allow US troops to remain in Iraq once the UN mandate is over. The demonstration was called by the Shi'ah cleric, Moqtada Sadr, who has strongly opposed any sort of deal with the US. Security has been tight around the march, but the organisers are insisting that the protest will remain peaceful.
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope have agreed to closer relations between Anglicans and Catholics at a meeting in Rome. Their meeting follows tensions over the Vatican's offer to welcome disenchanted Anglicans into the Catholic fold.
2011 : Russian hackers were able to destroy a water pump in Illinois by turning it on and off repeatedly until it broke. They gained access using stolen passwords from the company that created the software to operate the pump. The attack was being investigated by the FBI and Homeland Security and brought attention to another facet of future terrorism against infrastructure that could be dangerous if ignored.
2012 : Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned only a few weeks after being re-elected to Congress. Jackson had indicated that he was being treated for bipolar disorder and other health concerns and stating that he believed he could not be a full-time legislator due to his issues. He had also come under investigation with the House Ethics comittee.
Two men who had been offering "Free Hugs" in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. They had hoped to bring happiness to strangers passing by but were arrested for exotic practices and offending public order.
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Born: 21st November 1945 Washington, D.C., U.S.
Known For : Academy Award winning American actress who has appeared in a number of best selling films including Cactus Flower, Shampoo, Death Becomes Her, The First Wives Club, Wildcats, The Out-of-Towners and Private Benjamin. She is married to the equally well known actor Kurt Russell. One of her children by an earlier marriage is the well known Kate Hudson.
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