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    Lead Story
    Gold discovered in the Yukon, 1896
    American Revolution
    Continentals routed at Camden, South Carolina, 1780
    Automotive
    Los Angeles jury clears John Z. DeLorean of drug charges, 1984
    Civil War
    Confederate General John Chambliss is killed, 1864
    Cold War
    Paul Robeson loses appeal over his passport, 1955
    Crime
    Auto exec DeLorean cleared in drug-trafficking case, 1984
    Disaster
    Plane crashes into highway, 1987
    General Interest
    Detroit surrenders without a fight, 1812
    Babe Ruth dies, 1948
    Moroccan king survives attack by own air force, 1972
    Elvis Presley dies, 1977
    Hollywood
    Madonna born, 1958
    Literary
    Poet Charles Bukowski is born, 1920
    Music
    The Ramones play their first public gig at CBGB's in downtown Manhattan, 1974
    Old West
    George Carmack discovers Klondike gold, 1896
    Presidential
    Tyler is burned in effigy outside White House, 1841
    Sports
    Batter sustains fatal injury at plate, 1920
    Vietnam War
    General Khanh ousts General Minh as chief of state, 1964
    Congress investigates antiwar demonstrators, 1966
    Tonkin Gulf Resolution challenged, 1967
    Heavy air attacks on North Vietnam, 1972
    World War I
    Battle of Langemarck, 1917
    World War II
    Senior U.S. POW is released, 1945
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    1828 - John McMullen and James McGloin received a contract from the Mexican government authorizing an assigned territory along the left bank of the Nueces River. In 1831, the town was laid out and named San Patricio de Hibernia (St. Patrick of Ireland).

    1931 - The largest recorded earthquake to date in Texas occurred near Valentine in Jeff Davis County. The quake measured 6.0 on the Richter Scale.
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    The 1987 plane crash was horrible. It was my first summer living in metro Detroit. The local media has been covering it pretty extensively this week, and they did an interview with Cecilia, the 4 year old girl who survived the crash. She has turned out to be a beautiful and sweet young woman. It means a lot to the families who lost members in the crash to see that the child who survived is a healthy and happy young lady.


    I didn't witness the crash, but I had a friend at the time who did. She and her husband were driving on I-94, about 2 miles west of the crash site at the time the plane crashed into Middlebelt Road. She said they could see the fireball, and that it was terrifying.
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