Monday, January 19, 2009

Well, Are You Depressed Yet?

Today is Monday, Jan. 19, the 19th day of 2009. There are 346 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Today's Highlight in History: Two Hundred years ago, in 1809, author, poet and critic Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston.On this date: In 1736, James Watt, inventor of the steam engine, was born in Scotland. In 1807, Confederate general Robert E. Lee was born in Stratford, Westmoreland County, Va. In 1853, Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" premiered in Rome. In 1861, Georgia seceded from the Union. In 1937, millionaire Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in seven hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds. In 1944, the federal government relinquished control of the nation's railroads following settlement of a wage dispute. In 1955, a presidential news conference was filmed for television for the first time, with the permission of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1966, Indira Gandhi was elected prime minister of India. In 1970, President Richard M. Nixon nominated G. Harrold Carswell to the Supreme Court; however, the nomination was defeated because of controversy over Carswell's past racial views. In 1979, former Attorney General John N. Mitchell was released on parole after serving 19 months at a federal prison in Alabama. Ten years ago: President Bill Clinton delivered his State of the Union address, in which he proposed to protect Social Security by using huge budget surpluses and announced the government would sue the tobacco industry for smokers' health costs. Hours earlier, at the president's impeachment trial in the Senate, White House Counsel Charles Ruff opened the defense with ringing statements of Clinton's innocence. Five years ago: John Kerry won Iowa's Democratic caucuses, while John Edwards placed second; Howard Dean, who finished third, delivered a fist-pumping, bellowing concession speech that was viewed as politically damaging. A freighter capsized near the western Norwegian port of Bergen, killing 18. One year ago: Republican John McCain won a hard-fought South Carolina primary; Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama split the spoils in the Nevada caucuses. A soldier was killed south of Baghdad in a roadside bomb attack; his was the first American death to occur on a newly introduced, heavily armored vehicle known as MRAP. Death claimed actress Suzanne Pleshette in Los Angeles at age 70; John Stewart, a former member of the Kingston Trio, in San Diego at age 68; and former Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer at age 73. Thought for Today: "Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality." — Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). Associated Press Copyright © 2008 Yahoo! Southeast Asia Pte Ltd (Co. Reg. No. 199700735D). All Rights Reserved. From the alternate universe (roughly defined as anything that happens outside of the United Snakes): In 1997, Yasser Arafat returned to Hebron for the first time in more than 30 years, joining 60,000 Palestinians in celebrating the handover of the last West Bank city in Israeli control. In 1998, Rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins died at age 65. In 2001, in a deal sparing himself possible indictment, President Bill Clinton acknowledged for the first time making false statements under oath about Monica Lewinsky; he also surrendered his law license for five years. In 2004, John Kerry won Iowa's Democratic presidential caucuses; Howard Dean, who finished third, delivered a fist-pumping, bellowing concession speech that was viewed as politically damaging.
Audio LinkThe "Dean scream"
In 2006, an unmanned NASA spacecraft blasted off on a 3 billion-mile journey to Pluto. And the pictures.

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