Today in his­tory

The Sentinel-Record - - HOT SPRINGS/ FYI -

On Au­gust 30, 1997, Amer­i­cans re­ceived word of the car crash in Paris that claimed the lives of Princess Diana, her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, and their driver, Henri Paul. (Be­cause of the time dif­fer­ence, it was Au­gust 31 where the crash oc­curred.)

In 1905, Ty Cobb made his ma­jor-league de­but as a player for the Detroit Tigers, hit­ting a dou­ble in his first at-bat in a game against the New York High­landers. (The Tigers won, 5-3.)

In 1945, U.S. Gen. Dou­glas MacArthur ar­rived in Ja­pan to set up Al­lied oc­cu­pa­tion head­quar­ters.

In 1963, the “Hot Line” com­mu­ni­ca­tions link be­tween Wash­ing­ton and Moscow went into op­er­a­tion.

In 1967, the Se­nate con­firmed the ap­point­ment of Thur­good Marshall as the first black jus­tice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1984, the space shut­tle Dis­cov­ery was launched on its in­au­gu­ral flight.

In 1989, a fed­eral jury in New York found “ho­tel queen” Leona Helm­s­ley guilty of in­come tax eva­sion, but ac­quit­ted her of ex­tor­tion. (Helm­s­ley ended up serv­ing 18 months be­hind bars, a month at a half­way house and two months un­der house ar­rest.)

Ten years ago: In a se­ri­ous breach of nu­clear se­cu­rity, a B-52 bomber mis­tak­enly armed with six nu­clear-tipped cruise mis­siles took off from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and flew to Barks­dale Air Force Base in Louisiana; the Air Force later pun­ished 70 peo­ple.

Five years ago: Mitt Rom­ney launched his fall cam­paign for the White House with a rous­ing, per­sonal speech to the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion in Tampa, Florida, pro­claim­ing that Amer­ica needs “jobs, lots of jobs.” Ear­lier in the evening, ac­tor-di­rec­tor Clint East­wood of­fered an en­dorse­ment of Rom­ney that en­tailed us­ing an empty chair to rep­re­sent Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

“My son, if sin­ners en­tice thee, con­sent thou not.” — Proverbs 1:10.

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