A Blast from the Past

By United Press International  |  Sept. 10, 2002 at 3:08 AM
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Today is Sept. 10.

A red-letter date for desegregation took place on this date in 1963. Black students entered the white public schools of Birmingham, Tuskegee and Mobile, Ala., after President Kennedy federalized the state's National Guard.

It was on this date in 2000 that the U.S. government agreed to drop virtually all charges against Chinese-American scientist Wen Ho Lee. He'd been accused of stealing nuclear secrets from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Three days later, Lee pleaded guilty to mishandling nuclear secrets and left court a free man.

An American victory in the War of 1812 on this date in 1813. U.S. naval units under the command of Capt. Oliver Perry defeated the British fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams held face-to-face talks with David Trimble, leader of Northern Ireland's Protestant Unionists, for the first time on this date in 1998.

It was on this date in 1846 that inventor Elias Howe received a patent for the sewing machine.

And a survey released on this date in 1992 found birth control pills remained the most popular form of contraception among American women.

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

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