A Blast from the Past

By United Press International  |  Nov. 29, 2002 at 3:00 AM
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Today is Nov. 29.

It was on this date in 1990 that the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution authorizing "all necessary means" -- including military force -- against Iraq if it does not withdraw from Kuwait by Jan. 15, 1991. It was the first such resolution since U.N. sponsorship of the Korean War in 1950.

Iraq did not comply, and the Allied Forces began their attack, code-named "Operation Desert Storm," within hours of the expiration of the deadline.

In 1947, the United Nations, despite strong Arab opposition, voted for the partition of Palestine and creation of an independent Jewish state.

One week after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, President Johnson appointed the Warren Commission to investigate the slaying. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren headed the panel, which would eventually rule that all evidence pointed to Lee Harvey Oswald being the sole gunman.

U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard Byrd radioed that he and three crewmen aboard his plane had just passed over the South Pole on this date in 1929. They were the first people to fly over the southernmost point on Earth.

It was on this date in 1877 that Thomas Edison demonstrated his latest invention: a hand-cranked phonograph that recorded sound on grooved metal cylinders. Edison shouted verses of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" into the machine, which played back his voice.

The man they called "the quiet Beatle" died on this date in 2001. George Harrison, lead guitarist and spiritual anchor for the legendary British rock group, died of cancer at the age of 58.

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

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