Today in History: January 20th

1981: The Iranian Hostage Crisis ends when the last hostages are released.

An Ounce of Prevention – Iranian Embassy Siege

1980: Bleachers at a bullring in Colombia collapse, resulting in the deaths of 222 people, and hundreds more were injured. The collapse, the deadliest tragedy at a sporting event in Colombia’s history, was the result of overcrowding and poor construction.

1961: John F. Kennedy is sworn in as the 35th President of the United States. In his inaugural address, he exhorts all Americans to ‘ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.’

Political Conventions – Pirates and Thieves
Political Conventions – Top of the Class
Political Columns – Lunches With Wolves

Today in History: January 8th

2011: U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others are shot near Tucson, Arizona. Six die including a judge and a 9-year-old child, and Giffords is seriously wounded.

2008: The New Hampshire primary of the US Presidential race takes place.

Political Conventions – The Smell of the Greasepaint

1780: An earthquake hits Tabriz, Iran, killing about 200,000 people.

An Ounce of Prevention: Earthquake Simulation

Today in History: November 4th

***2008: Barack Obama is elected President of the United States, becoming the first African-American to hold that office.

1979: The Iranian Hostage Crisis begins when Islamist students and militants storm the American embassy in Tehran, holding 52 Americans hostage.

An Ounce of Prevention – Iranian Embassy Siege

Political Columns – Lunches With Wolves

Political Conventions – Top of the Class

1916: Birth of Walter Cronkite, a well respected broadcast journalist and best known as the anchorman for CBS Evening News. See also 6 O’Clock News.