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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Today in History: August 30

1850: King Kamehameha III proclaims Honolulu as the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii.  His father had conquered Oahu in 1804.

1879: Former Confederate General John Bell Hood, who has gone into the insurance business in New Orleans after the war, sees his business wiped out by a yellow fever epidemic, which also kills him and his wife and leaves ten destitute orphans.

1918: An assassin wounds Russian Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin.  Ten thousand suspects will shortly be executed and another 70,000 sent to Siberia.

1919: Country Music queen Muriel Deason (a/k/a Kitty Wells) is born at Nashville, Tennessee.  In 1952 she’ll record the first feminist country song, It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels for Decca, which will become the first number 1 country single by a woman.

1930: Warren Edward Buffett, the world’s second-richest man, is born, the son of a congressman, at Omaha, Nebraska.

1940: Neil Swinton discovers there are termites in the house that was sold him by the Whitinsville Savings Bank.  Whitinsville will merge in 1988 with another to form UniBank.

1962: Nippon Aircraft Manufacturing Co. tests its new aircraft, the YS-11, the only successful commercial aircraft ever produced in Japan.

1967: The U.S. Senate confirms Thurgood Marshall (Howard Law 1933) as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

1993: NBC Late Night star David Letterman jumps to CBS for The Late Show.  NBC refuses to let the new show have the rights to the “Viewer Mail” segment, so the new show calls it “CBS Mailbag.”

2002: The last privately owned subway in America, the 0.7 mile-long Tandy Center Subway in Fort Worth, Texas, closes its doors.  It had been built by the Leonards family department store in 1963 to connect the store to parking.

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