Today is Dec. 18.
The United States resumed heavy bombing and mining operations against North Vietnam on this date in 1972 after the communists refused to agree to end the war. The renewed offensive apparently worked: on Jan. 27, 1973, the U.S. and North Vietnamese governments and the Viet Cong signed a peace accord in Paris ending American involvement in the conflict.
A rash of racially motivated bombing incidents in the South claimed a victim on this date in 1989, when a pipe bomb killed Savannah, Ga., City Councilman Robert Robinson. The blast occurred just hours after a pipe bomb had been discovered at the Atlanta federal courthouse.
South Koreans went to the polls to elect longtime leftist opposition leader Kim Dae Jong president on this date in 1997. It marked the first time in the nation's history that a member of the opposition had defeated a candidate of the New Korea Party and its predecessors. Dae Jong won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 for his work in promoting reconciliation with North Korea.
Wedding bells at the White House. On this date in 1915, President Woodrow Wilson, a widower for one year, married the widow Edith Bolling Galt. Later in his presidency, after Wilson was incapacitated by a stroke, his wife and his doctor in effect ran the country -- a fact that didn't become general knowledge for many years.
Also on this date in 1969, singer Tiny Tim, 44, wed 17-year-old Miss Vicky Budinger on NBC's "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson." The ukelele-strumming Tim had had a hit a few years earlier with "Tip-Toe Through the Tulips." The marriage, by the way, did not last.
We now return you to the present, already in progress.