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*1884German artist Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, born this day in 1884 and noted for his landscapes and nudes, cofounded in 1905 Die Brücke, a group of German painters and printmakers who were pivotal to the development of Expressionism. 
2000Vicente Fox was inaugurated as president of Mexico, ending the dominance of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which had ruled since 1929. 
1998Exxon announced that it was buying Mobil for $73.7 billion creating the largest company in the world to date. 
1997Michael Carneal, 14 years old, fired upon a morning prayer group at Heath High School in West Paducah, KY. Three students were killed and five were wounded. Carneal pled guilty but insane and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole for 25 years.  
1994The U.S. Senate gave final congressional approval to the 124-nation General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.  
1993In Minnesota, 18 people were killed when a Northwest Airline commuter plane crashed.  
1992Amy Fisher was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for shooting Mary Jo Buttafuoco.  
1992Russian President Boris Yeltsin survived an impeachment attempt by hard-liners at the opening of the Russian Congress.  
1991Shiite Muslim kidnappers pledged to release American hostage Joseph Cicippio within 48 hours.  
1991Ukrainians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union.  
1990British and French workers digging the Channel Tunnel finally met under the English Channel.  
1990Iraq accepted a U.S. offer to talk about resolving the Persian Gulf crisis.  
1989Dissidents in the Philippine military launched an unsuccessful coup against Corazon Aquino's government.  
1989East Germany's Parliament abolished the Communist Party's constitutional guarantee of supremacy.  
1987NASA announced four companies had been given contracts to help build a space station. The companies were Boeing Aerospace, G. E.'s Astro-Space Division, McDonnell Douglas Aeronautics, and Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International.  
1986U.S. President Ronald Reagan said he would welcome an investigation of the Iran-Contra affair if it were recommended by the Justice Department.  
1984A remote-controlled Boeing 720 jetliner was deliberately crashed into California's Mojave Desert to test an anti-flame fuel additive. The test proved to be disappointing.  
1983Rita M. Lavelle, a former Environmental Protection Agency official, was convicted in Washington of perjury and trying to obstruct a congressional inquiry.  
1981180 people were killed when a chartered Yugoslav DC9 jetliner crashed into a mountain while approaching Ajaccio Airport in Corsica.  
1973David Ben-Gurion, the founding father of Israel and its first prime minister, died at the age of 87.  
1969The U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II.  
1965An airlift of refugees from Cuba to the United States began.  
195912 countries, including the U.S. and USSR, signed a treaty that set aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, which would be free from military activity.  
1955Rosa Parks's refusal to relinquish her bus seat. This day in 1955, in violation of segregation laws in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger and was arrested, sparking a 381-day bus boycott led by Martin Luther King, Jr. 
1952In Denmark, it was announced that the first successful sex-change operation had been performed.  
1943In Teheran, leaders of the United States, the USSR and the United Kingdom met to reaffirm the goal set on October 30, 1943. The previous meeting called for an early establishment of an international organization to maintain peace and security.  
1942In the U.S., nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect.  
1941In the U.S., the Civil Air Patrol was created. In April 1943 the Civil Air Patrol was placed under the jurisdiction of the Army Air Forces.  
1934Sergei M. Kirov, a collaborator of Joseph Stalin, was assassinated at the Leningrad party headquarters.  
1925Germany, France, Belgium, Great Britain, and Italy signed the Pact of Locarno, a series of agreements intended to guarantee peace in western Europe. 
1919Lady Astor was sworn in as the first female member of the British Parliament.  
1913Ford Motor Co. began using a new movable assembly line that ushered in the era of mass production.  
1913The first drive-in automobile service station opened, in Pittsburgh, PA.  
1909The Pennsylvania Trust Company, of Carlisle, PA, became the first bank in the in the U.S. to offer a Christmas Club account.  
1835Hans Christian Andersen published his first book of fairy tales.  
1825Russian Emperor Alexander I died unexpectedly in southern Russia. 
1814General Andrew Jackson, commander of the U.S. Army of the Southwest, hastened to defend New Orleans, Louisiana, against British invasion; a series of skirmishes over the next few weeks culminated in the Battle of New Orleans.  
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Famous Birthdays
1977 - Brad Delson
1970 - Sarah SilvermanActress
1970 - Julie Condra
1960 - Carol AltActress-Model
1951 - Treat WilliamsActor
1946 - Gilbert O'SullivanSinger
1945 - Bette Midler
1944 - John Densmore
1940 - Richard Pryor
1939 - Lee Trevino
1939 - Dianne LennonSinger (The Lennon Sisters)
1935 - Woody Allen
1934 - Billy PaulSinger
1933 - Lou Rawls
1913 - Mary Martin
1897 - Cyril Ritchard

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