A Blast from the Past

June 27, 2002 at 3:04 AM
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, June 27 (UPI) -- Today is June 27.

U.S. involvement in the Korean War began on this date in 1950, when President Truman ordered U.S. naval and air forces to help repel the North Korean invasion of South Korea. 54,000 American troops died in the 3-year war.

Napoleon's dream of conquering Egypt was dashed on this date in 1801, when British forces captured Cairo. Despite the defeat and the subsequent French withdrawal from Egypt, Napoleon -- one of the first "spin doctors" -- painted the episode for the folks back home in France as a great victory.

Guess who's coming to dinner? It was on this date in 1992 that the only daughter of Republican President Bush married the former top aide to the House Democratic leader in a private ceremony at Camp David, Md.

And it was on this date in 1859 that Louisville, Ky., schoolteacher Mildred Hill wrote a tune for her students that she called "Good Morning to You." Her sister, Patty, wrote the lyrics and later added a verse that began "Happy birthday to you." The tune remains the world's most popular song.

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

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