A Blast from the Past

By United Press International  |  July 19, 2002 at 3:04 AM
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Today is July 19.

Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, a New York Democrat, became the first woman vice presidential candidate of a major political party on this date in 1984. She was chosen as Walter Mondale's running mate at the Democratic National Convention. However, that November, the Mondale-Ferraro ticket was defeated by the Republican one headed by incumbent President Reagan.

In another feminist milestone: on this date in 1848, "bloomers" -- a radical departure in women's clothing -- were introduced to the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y. They were named after Amelia Jenks Bloomer.

As World War I drew to a close, the German Army began retreating across the Marne River in France on this date in 1918.

It was on this date in 1989 that a crippled DC-10 jetliner crash-landed in a cornfield in Sioux City, Iowa. The jet had lost its tail engine in mid-flight between Chicago and Denver -- damaging the plane's hydraulic systems, which controlled the steering. Yet, the pilot did an amazing job of keeping the jet level. Only at the end, as the jet landed, did a wing clip the ground and cause the plane to flip over and break up. Amazingly, 181 of the 293 people aboard survived -- including the pilot.

John Fairfax of Britain arrived at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on this date in 1969 to become the first person to row across the Atlantic Ocean all alone.

And, Marilyn Monroe had her first screen test at Twentieth Century Fox on this date in 1946. There was no sound. None was needed.

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

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