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On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy told Congress: “I believe that 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 the earth.”
On this date
In 1787, the Constitutional Convention began at the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum.
In 1810, Argentina began its revolt against Spanish rule with the forming of the Primera Junta in Buenos Aires.
In 1895, playwright Oscar Wilde was convicted of a morals charge in London; he was sentenced to two years in prison.
In 1935, Babe Ruth hit the 714th and final home run of his career, for the Boston Braves, in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In 1942, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Stilwell, frustrated over being driven out of Burma by Japanese troops during World War II, told reporters in Delhi, India: “I claim we got a hell of a beating.”
In 1946, Transjordan (now Jordan) became a kingdom as it proclaimed its new monarch, Abdullah I.
In 1963, the Organisation of African Unity was founded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (The OAU was disbanded in 2002 in favor of the African Union.)
In 1968, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was dedicated by Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Interior Secretary Stewart Udall.
In 1979, 273 people died when an American Airlines DC-10 crashed just after takeoff from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Six-year-old Etan Patz disappeared while on his way to a school bus stop in lower Manhattan.
In 1981, daredevil Dan Goodwin, wearing a Spider-man costume, scaled the outside of Chicago’s Sears Tower in 7 1/2 hours.
In 1986, an estimated 7 million Americans participated in “Hands Across America” to raise money for the nation’s hungry and homeless.
In 1988, the final episode of “St. Elsewhere” aired on NBC-TV.
Ten years ago
In a historic vote cast under intense U.S. pressure, Israel’s government conditionally approved by a narrow margin an internationally backed “road map” to peace. Nestor Kirchner was sworn in as Argentina’s first popularly elected president since the country’s financial meltdown in December 2001. Director Gus Van Sant’s “Elephant,” a disturbing film loosely based on the Columbine school shooting, won top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Gil de Ferran won the Indianapolis 500.
Five years ago
A tornado tore through Parkersburg, Iowa, killing eight people. NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander arrived to begin searching for water on the Red Planet. Seven crashes and spinouts marred the first Indianapolis 500 since the two warring open-wheel series (CART and IRL) came together under the IndyCar banner; Scott Dixon stayed ahead of the trouble to win the race. The French film “The Class” won top honors at the Cannes Film Festival. J.R. Simplot, Idaho’s billionaire potato king, died in Boise at age 99.
One year ago
The private company SpaceX made history as its Dragon capsule docked with the International Space Station. In Syria, more than 100 people were killed in one day in a cluster of villages in central Homs province; U.N. investigators blamed pro-government gunmen for at least some of the killings, but the Syrian regime denied responsibility and blamed rebels for the deaths.
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Anti-gov’t mass rally in Ukraine turns violent
A protest by about 300,000 Ukrainians angered by their government’s decision to freeze integration with the West turned violent Sunday, when a group of demonstrators besieged the president’s office and police drove them back with truncheons, tear gas and flash grenades. Dozens of people were injured.
Egypt police clear protesters; constitution agreed
Police fired tear gas to drive hundreds of supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president from Cairo’s famed Tahrir Square on Sunday, as a panel tasked with amending the constitution adopted during his time in office agreed on changes to the text.
NYC train derailment kills 4, hurts more than 60
A New York City commuter train rounding a riverside curve derailed Sunday, killing four people and injuring more than 60 in a crash that threw some riders from toppling cars and swiftly raised questions about whether excessive speed, mechanical problems or human error could have played a role.
Critical thinking hallmark of Common Core class
Remembering the plot of a short story is no longer good enough in teacher Amy Lawson’s fifth-grade classroom.
Today’s students are being asked to think more critically. For example, what might a character say in an email to a friend?
Today in History for Monday, Dec. 2, 2013
Today is Monday, Dec. 2, the 336th day of 2013. There are 29 days left in the year.
Mother on crashed plane led searchers to wreckage
A mother on board a plane that crashed in remote southwest Alaska made a frantic phone call for help resuscitating her 5-month-old baby, then left the fatally injured boy to lead searchers hampered by cold and fog to the crash site.
Egypt panel begins voting on draft constitution
The panel amending Egypt’s suspended constitution began voting Saturday on some 250 changes, the first step toward democratic rule following the July military coup that ousted the country’s president.
Scottish holiday marred by police helicopter crash
Scotland’s official holiday was transformed into a grim day of mourning Saturday as emergency crews searched the wreckage of a riverside pub smashed by a falling police helicopter. At least eight people died and more than a dozen remained hospitalized with serious injuries.
Publicist: ‘Fast & Furious’ star dies in car crash
Paul Walker, the star of the “Fast & Furious” movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed two people north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.
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Today is Sunday, Dec. 1, the 335th day of 2013. There are 30 days left in the year.
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