Blast from the Past

By United Press International  |  May 9, 2002 at 3:00 AM
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Today is May 9.

The House Judiciary Committee opened hearings on the possible impeachment of President Nixon on this date in 1974. The Watergate saga -- which had begun with a break-in at the Democratic Party offices at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C, in June 1972 -- culminated with Nixon's resignation later that year, on Aug. 9.

Explorers in history: on this date in 1502, Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain on his fourth and final voyage to the New World.

Hey, look! It's the North Pole! On this date in 1926, Cmdr. Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett flew an airplane over the North Pole, becoming the first to do so.

The Kennedy family was in the news on this date in 1991, when medical student William Kennedy Smith -- one of the nephews of Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. -- was charged with the March 30 rape and assault of a woman at the Kennedy estate in West Palm Beach, Fla. He would be acquitted. The Kennedys later sold the beachfront mansion.

And it was on this date in 1962 that George Martin signed the Beatles to the band's first recording contract -- with EMI.

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

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