TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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1971: Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon nom­i­nated Lewis F. Pow­ell and Wil­liam H. Rehn­quist to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Both nom­i­nees were con­firmed.)

1879: Thomas Edi­son per­fected a work­able elec­tric light at his lab­o­ra­tory in Menlo Park, N.J.

1941: su­per­heroine Won­der Woman made her de­but in All-Star Comics is­sue No. 8, pub­lished by All-Amer­i­can Comics, Inc. of New York.

1962: the Seat­tle World’s Fair closed after six months and nearly 10 mil­lion vis­i­tors. (Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy, sched­uled to at­tend the clos­ing cer­e­mony, can­celed be­cause of what was de­scribed as a “head cold”; the ac­tual rea­son turned out to be the Cuban Mis­sile Cri­sis.)

1966: 144 peo­ple, 116 of them chil­dren, were killed when a coal waste land­slide en­gulfed a school and some 20 houses in Aber­fan, Wales.

1996: Pres­i­dent Clin­ton’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” pol­icy on gays in the mil­i­tary sur­vived its first Supreme Court test.

2001: Wash­ing­ton, D.C., postal worker Thomas L. Mor­ris Jr. died of in­hala­tion an­thrax as of­fi­cials be­gan test­ing thou­sands of postal em­ploy­ees.

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