1994: First NATO military action
In the first military action in the 45-year history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, US fighter planes shoot down four Serbian warplanes flying a bombing mission in violation of Bosnia’s no-fly zone.
Founded in 1949 to combat Soviet aggression, NATO volunteered in 1994 to enforce United Nations resolutions enacted to end three years of conflict in the former Yugoslavia. In 1995, NATO deployed 60,000 troops to the war-torn region to enforce the Dayton Peace Accords, signed in Paris by the leaders of the former Yugoslavia.
1827 – The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad became the first railroad incorporated for commercial transportation of people and freight.
1844 – Several people were killed aboard the USS Princeton when a 12-inch gun exploded.
1849 – Regular steamboat service to California via Cape Horn arrived in San Francisco for the first time. The SS California had left New York Harbor on October 6, 1848. The trip took 4 months and 21 days.
1854 – The Republican Party was organized in Ripon, WI. About 50 slavery opponents began the new political group.*
1900 – In South Africa, British troops relieved Ladysmith, which had been under siege since November 2, 1899.
1951 – A Senate committee issued a report that stated that there were at least two major crime syndicates in the U.S.
1953 – In a Cambridge University laboratory, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.
1962 – The John Glenn for President club was formed by a group of Las Vegas republicans.
1983 – “M*A*S*H” became the most watched television program in history when the final episode aired.
1993 – U.S. Federal agents raided the compound of an armed religious cult in Waco, TX. The ATF had planned to arrest the leader of the Branch Davidians, David Koresh, on federal firearms charges. Four agents and six Davidians were killed and a 51-day standoff followed.
1998 – Serbian police began a campaign to wipe out “terrorist gangs” in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo.
I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.
*I have personally heard many arguments during the several years I lived in North Carolina that the American Civil War wasn’t about slavery, and yet here we have the founding of the Republican Party based on the common goal of abolishing slavery. Raised a Presbyterian in the Second Presbyterian Church and having done research into that church’s split prior to the Civil War, I know that Presbyterian reverends preaching abolition in northern churches caused that split. But the American Civil War wasn’t about slavery?