A Blast from the Past

By United Press International   |   Sept. 6, 2002 at 3:04 AM   |   Comments

Today is Sept. 6.

Reversing a decision from the Clinton Administration, the Justice Department said on this date in 2001 that it would no longer seek to split the Microsoft Corp. into more than one company. Nor would the feds pursue the claim that the company had illegally tied its network browser to its operating system.

Britain bid an emotional farewell to Princess Diana on this date in 1997 with a funeral at London's Westminster Abby that was broadcast worldwide. The former wife of Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, had been killed in a car accident in Paris a week earlier. Her body was buried in a private service at Althorp House, her family's home in Northamptonshire.

On this date in 1901 President William McKinley was shot and critically wounded in Buffalo, N.Y. He died eight days later. He was succeeded in the White House by his vice president, Theordore Roosevelt.

It was on this date in 1620 that 149 Pilgrims set sail from England aboard the Mayflower, bound for the New World.

Word was received on this date in 1909 that Adm. Robert Peary had discovered the North Pole on April 6, 1909. In this age of instant communications, it hard to believe it took five months for word of his discovery to reach the civilized world.

And it was on this date in 1995 that the Senate Ethics Committee voted unanimously to recommend that Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., be expelled from the Senate. Packwood faced allegations of sexual misconduct and influence peddling. He would announce his resignation two days later.

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

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