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The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - OPINION -

In 1649, Eng­land’s King Charles I was ex­e­cuted for trea­son.

In 1862, the iron­clad USS Mon­i­tor was launched from the Con­ti­nen­tal Iron Works in Green­point, N.Y., dur­ing the Civil War.

In 1882, the 32nd pres­i­dent of the United States, Franklin De­lano Roo­sevelt, was born in Hyde Park, N.Y.

In 1933, Adolf Hitler be­came chan­cel­lor of Ger­many. The first episode of the “Lone Ranger” ra­dio pro­gram was broad­cast on sta­tion WXYZ in Detroit.

In 1939, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Ten­nessee Elec­tric Power Co. v. Ten­nessee Val­ley Au­thor­ity, up­held the right of the fed­er­ally-owned TVA to com­pete with pri­vate util­i­ties.

In 1948, In­dian po­lit­i­cal and spir­i­tual leader Mo­han­das K. Gandhi, 78, was shot and killed in New Delhi by Nathu­ram Godse (neh-too-RAHM’ gahd-SAY’), a Hindu ex­trem­ist. (Godse and a co­con­spir­a­tor were later ex­e­cuted.)

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