A Blast from the Past

By United Press International   |   June 30, 2002 at 3:04 AM

Today is June 30.

Medical technology has advanced to the point where no casualties of war may forever lie unidentified. It was on this date in 1998 that remains from the Vietnam War buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington, Va., were identified as those of Air Force Lt. Michael Blassie of St. Louis.

It was a sign of things to come. On this date in 1870, Ada Kepley became the first woman to graduate from an accredited law school in the United States: Union College of Law in Chicago.

It was the end of an era: on this date in 1986, Hugh Hefner -- calling his Playboy Bunny a "symbol of the past" -- closed Playboy Clubs in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

The drive to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S Constitution ended on this date in 1982 when the extended deadline for ratification expired -- three states shorts of the 38 needed for passage.

Bad-girl skater Tonya Harding was stripped of her national championship title on this date in 1994. You might remember, Harding had won the title after rival Nancy Kerrigan was whacked on the knee. Harding was later implicated in the attack.

We now return you to the present, already in progress.

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