Today in history
2013– Best-selling crime writer Elmore Leonard dies
2004– Record-setting tow-truck parade held in Washington State
1995– Trains collide and explode in India
1989– The Menendez brothers murder their parents
1982– U.S. Marines deployed to Lebanon
1977– “Best of My Love,” by the Emotions, hits the top of the U.S. pop charts
1975– Viking 1 launched to Mars
1974– Military aid to Saigon slashed
1971– Minh and Ky withdraw from presidential race
1968– Soviet Union intervenes in Czechoslovakia
1954– United States decides to support Diem
1944– Brits launch Operation Wallace and aid French Resistance
1940– Trotsky assassinated in Mexico
1932– German artist unveils monument honoring soldiers killed in World War I
1920– Professional football is born
1918– Valley of the Dolls author Jacqueline Susann born
1911– First around-the-world telegram sent, 66 years before Voyager II launch
1862– Horace Greeley’s “The Prayer of Twenty Millions” is published
1833– Benjamin Harrison is born
1804– Corps of Discovery suffers its only death
1794– Battle of Fallen Timbers
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