TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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In 1854, Pope Pius IX pro­claimed the Catholic dogma of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion, which holds that Mary, the mother of Je­sus, was free of orig­i­nal sin from the mo­ment of her own con­cep­tion. In 1863, Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln is­sued his Procla­ma­tion of Amnesty and Re­con­struc­tion for the South.

In 1980, John Len­non was shot to death out­side his New York City apart­ment build­ing.

In 1991, AIDS pa­tient Kim­berly Ber­galis, who had con­tracted the dis­ease from her den­tist, died in Fort Pierce, Florida, at age 23.

In 1998, strug­gling to stave off im­peach­ment, Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton’s de­fend­ers force­fully pleaded his case be­fore the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee. Thought for to­day: “The un­known is what it is. And to be fright­ened of it is what sends ev­ery­body scur­ry­ing around chas­ing dreams, il­lu­sions, wars, peace, love, hate, all that. Un­known is what it is. Ac­cept that it’s un­known and it’s plain sail­ing.” — John Len­non (1940-1980)

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