A Blast from the Past

By United Press International  |  April 8, 2003 at 3:00 AM
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Today is April 8.

On this date in 2002, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein temporarily halted his country's oil exports. He described it as a tactic to damage U.S. economy.

It was on this date in 1949 that three-year-old Kathy Fiscus of San Marino, Calif., fell into an abandoned well while playing. The nation's attention was riveted on the tragedy while rescue workers toiled to reach her. The girl's body was recovered two days later. An alarmed nation suddenly became aware of abandoned wells and similar hazards and "Kathy Fiscus laws" were passed in a number of places, requiring safety measures to prevent such an accident from happening again.

Another youngster died on this date in 1990. Ryan White, 18, had put the face of a child on the AIDS epidemic. The boy, a hemophiliac, was banned from public school in Kokomo, Ind., in 1984 after he contracted the HIV virus from a blood transfusion. He and his family moved to Cicero, Ind., where he was accepted by the students and faculty. White's funeral in Indianapolis was attended by scores of celebrities, including Elton John, who performed at the service.

One of the founding fathers of the Seattle grunge rock movement -- Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain -- was found dead in his Seattle home on this date in 1994. Cause of death -- a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Cobain was 27.

And it was on this date in 1974 that Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run, breaking the career record set by Babe Ruth. Aaron played two more seasons and finished his career with 755 homers.

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

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