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A Blast from the Past

By United Press International   |   Aug. 20, 2002 at 3:08 AM   |   Comments

Today is Aug. 20.


The United States struck back on this date in 1998, when American missiles targeted sites in Afghanistan and Sudan said to be linked with terrorists. The attacks came in response to the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania 13 days earlier.


The term "going postal" may have been born on this date in 1986, when postal worker Patrick Henry Sherrill opened fire at the Edmond, Okla., branch of the U.S. Post Office -- killing 14 fellow workers and wounding six more before turning his gun on himself.


The first U.S. Voyager spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on this date in 1977. It passed Jupiter in 1979, Saturn in 1981, Uranus in 1986 and Neptune in 1989 -- sending back pictures and data to scientists on Earth.


On this date In 1996, President Clinton signed into law an increase in the minimum wage in two steps from $4.25 to $5.15 an hour.


And it was on this date in 1741 that Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered what is now Alaska. The Bering Straits, which separate Alaska from Siberia, were named after him.


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

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