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From: "Patty Allen" <>
Subject: [CRF] Other Notable Events, August 20
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 18:33:02 -0700

Other Notable Events, August 20
In 1741, Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered what is now Alaska.

In 1968, approximately 200,000 Warsaw Pact troops and 5,000 tanks invaded
Czechoslovakia to crush the "Prague Spring" -- a brief period of
liberalization in the communist country.

In 1977, the first U.S. Voyager spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral,
Fla., bound for Jupiter and Saturn.

In 1982, U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that a contingent of U.S.
Marines would join French and Italian troops as peacekeepers in Beirut.

In 1986, postal worker Patrick Henry Sherrill killed 14 fellow workers and
wounded six others in the Edmond, Okla., post office before killing himself.

In 1990, U.S. President George H.W. Bush declared that Americans and other
foreigners held by Iraq are "hostages" and warned he will hold Iraq
responsible for their "safety and well-being."

In 1996, U.S. President Bill Clinton signed into law an increase in the
minimum wage in two steps from $4.25 to $5.15 an hour.

In 1997, NATO forces seized thousands of weapons being kept at police
stations in Serbian Bosnia's largest city.

In 1998, U.S. missiles struck sites in Afghanistan and Sudan said to be
linked with terrorists. The attacks were in response to the bombings of the
U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania 13 days earlier.

In 2002, a group of Iraqis opposed to the regime of Saddam Hussein took over
the Iraqi Embassy in Berlin for five hours before releasing their hostages
and surrendering.

In 2003, in the aftermath of the bombing of its Iraq headquarters in
Baghdad, the United Nations said it would continue its work but would reduce
its staff.

Also in 2003, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended after refusing
to comply with a federal court order to remove a rock inscribed with the Ten
Commandments from the lobby of the state supreme court building.

In 2005, in his first visit to his German homeland since becoming pope,
Benedict XVI told a group of Muslims that Islam and Christianity must work
together to defeat terrorism.

In 2006, schoolteacher John Mark Karr was returned to the United States for
questioning in the decade-old death of 6-year-old Colorado beauty queen Jon
Benet Ramsey. Karr confessed to the killing but said it was an accident. He
was later determined not to have a role in the girl's death.

In 2007, the governor of Iraq's southern al-Muthana province and five of his
aides were killed when a roadside bomb struck their convoy. Mohammed Ali
Hassan Al-Hassani was a member of the largest Shiite political group in

Also in 2007, fall term classes started at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on a
day after a memorial service for the 32 people gunned down by a student on
campus in April.

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