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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Soldiers' Angels Challenges the nation to donate to the Virginia Tech Corp of Cadets

Virginia Tech Army ROTC Cadets Support their Fellow Students

Soldiers' Angels' donates $10,000.00
to Virginia Tech ROTC Cadet Endowment Fund

Pasadena, California -- April 17, 2007 - The students and faculty of Virginia Tech have experienced an unimaginable horror this week. The slaying of over 30 students has left the campus in a fog of disbelief and given rise to a flood of unanswered questions. The sanctity of the university, an institution of higher learning for our country's young adults, has been breached by the sights and sounds from the deadliest shooting rampage in American history. The stories have been splashed across the televisions and computer screens of America, and Americans have blanketed the survivors and their family and friends with thoughts and prayers. Even though the stories of tragedy and heroism are not fully known, the destruction has been wrought and the process of healing has begun.

The participation of the Virginia Tech Army ROTC in the ceremonies following this tragedy will be integral to the healing process. The Cadet Corp will participate in the convocation, flag raising ceremonies, and will help with student support. The Army ROTC cadets are motivated young men and women who will one day swear an oath to protect our nation. They will take on this obligation knowing that they will be placed in harms way to push the fight in the Global War on Terror forward. However, at the present time they will be called upon to serve their fellow students. They will stand up at a difficult time and represent the proud military institutions of this country.

The Virginia Tech Cadet Corp's history is the history of Virginia Tech. The school was opened as a military academy in 1872 and its corp of cadets have honorably served this country in every war since. During World War II, 7,285 Virginia Tech alumni served in uniform with three hundred and twenty three of them being killed. It is ironic that one of the first stories of heroism coming out of this tragedy is that of Professor Liviu Librescu, 76, a holocaust survivor.

Professor Librescu was an engineering science and mathematics lecturer at Virginia Tech for 20 years. Students in his class have reported that he held the door to his classroom shut to give the students time to escape through a window. He died when the gunman shot through the door to gain entrance to the room. In the 1940's the students of Virginia Tech answered the call to fight Nazi Germany and years later Professor Librescu answered the call to protect the students of Virginia Tech.

In honor of the students and professors who died in this tragic event and the sacrifices made by the Virginia Tech Corp of Cadets for our country, Soldiers' Angels is giving $10, 000.00 to the Virginia Tech Army ROTC Alumni Endowment Fund. Soldiers' Angels challenges the nation to double this amount by logging onto or by sending donations to:

Virginia Tech Army ROTC
Account # 872289
226 Military Building
Blacksburg, VA 24061

The donation you make will help the Virginia Tech Cadet Corp continue on so that it may live up to its motto of "UT PROSIM" - That I may move Forward.

In the time honored tradition of civilian support of American soldiers, Soldiers' Angels sponsors programs which provide support to American soldiers and their families. Soldiers' Angels' programs include first responder packs, support, and laptop computers to wounded soldiers who are receiving treatment at American military hospitals; care packages, letters, and support to deployed soldiers; armored blankets to military ambulances; items shipped for deployed soldiers to give children in the war zone; and memorial trees for the families of soldiers who have died in the service of their country.

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‘Grey Wolf’ Soldier Rescues Buddies from IED Blast

Sgt. Eric Nunn and Pvt. Bradley Griffith, both of Company A, attached to Co. C, 1-12 Combined Arms Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, joke with each other while hanging out at Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Baqubah, Iraq. On Nov. 25, 2006, their humvee was hit by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat patrols. Nunn, who was injured by the blast, was carried out of the smoking humvee by Griffith, who also pulled out another Soldier and got the two injured Soldiers to safety. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Stroud, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

SR# 041107-01
April 11, 2007

By Spc. Ryan Stroud
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs

BAQUBAH, Iraq -- “You never get over something like this; you have to live with it. November 25, 2006, will be a day that lives with me for the rest of my life,” said the solemn Pvt. Bradley Griffith about the day he and his crew were hit by an improvised explosive device while traveling on patrol in their humvee.

“I think about it everyday, because you can smell something that will trigger a memory,” said the Soldier with Company A, attached to Co. C, 1-12 Combined Arms Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

What started out as a routine day for Griffith, also known as “Griff” to his peers, quickly turned into a rollercoaster of events that would forever shape the young Soldier’s life.

Griffith, along with other Soldiers, was gearing up for a routine mission in Diyala province in Iraq. As they were preparing for their journey, Griffith said he felt something in his body that was “just not right.”

Griffith quickly put his “bad feeling” to the side and continued with his mission at hand.

“We got ready to leave -- Sgt. Nunn was gunning and I was driving,” continued Griffith. “We headed out the gate and received word that there was a possible IED [up ahead]. After we made it through that area, we felt alright that we made it but we noticed there was no one around.”

And that’s when it happened. After passing a checkpoint, Griffith’s humvee was hit by an IED, sending the humvee into a swerve as Griffith did his best to regain control of his vehicle.

“I think this was the first day that nothing was said amongst us inside the humvee,” he said. “Usually, something was said. It took me a minute to realize what just happened, because it was my first IED that I’ve gotten into.”

“I tried to keep the vehicle on the road as much as possible and it finally came to a stop,” he continued.

With no time to think, Griffith quickly exited the vehicle and ran to his battle buddies aid. He first saw Nunn in the gunners hatch, jumped on top of the humvee, and started pulling him out.

“The first thing that popped into my mind was everyone needs to get out of this vehicle because there might be a secondary IED about to go off,” he said. “I knew I needed to get these guys out and get them to safety.”

“I jumped out [of the vehicle] to figure out what I was going to do next,” Griffith said with a bit of distress in his voice. “I grabbed Sgt. Nunn out of the humvee; he was still in the gunners hatch. He was asking me how his face was. I told him everything was going to be alright, because I didn’t really know how bad he was.”

“I’ve tried to forget [the experience],” said Nunn, a native of Kansas City, Miss. “I remember the blast and smoke and [Griff] dodging and swerving, trying to keep us on the road. My first reaction after the blast was the pain in my right side. I thought I lost my hand.

“And in the haze and the buzzing noises around me, all I see is Griff yelling, ‘Get out! Get out!’” Nunn said.

“He got me out of the vehicle through the top [gunner’s hatch] and all I remember after that was waking up in another humvee,” he said. “I passed out.”
“At that point, the commander’s humvee had pulled up right next to us, so I took Sgt. Nunn between the two humvees,” Griffith said. “I knew DeNeutte was still inside the humvee.”

Griffith quickly moved around the large vehicle to attend to his comrade but he couldn’t get him out of his door. So, with quick thinking and brute strength, Griffith ran around the other side of the vehicle and pulled the injured DeNeutte out of the smoking humvee.

“I couldn’t get to him because his door was combat locked, I just couldn’t get in,” Griffith said. “So I went around the other side of the humvee and pulled DeNeutte by his [equipment] and pulled him over the seats of the humvee and got him out. I then drug him between the two humvees.”

“DeNeutte kept asking me if he looked alright and I told him everything was going to be alright,” said Griffith. “I laid him down and our [doctor who was traveling with the convoy] came running up.”

As the medic rendered aid, Griffith manned the machine gun, scanning his sector for the triggerman.

Nunn and DeNeutte were quickly evacuated from the area to receive treatment for their wounds. Nunn has since returned to the unit, while DeNeutte is still recovering back in the States.

“I suffered a broken hand, shrapnel in the right side of my face, in my right arm and little pieces of shrapnel in my right thigh,” said Nunn.

Upon Nunn’s return to the unit after being hospitalized for two weeks, he and Griffith finally crossed paths with each other.

“I think the first thing we did when we saw each other was hug,” said Nunn. “It was a big experience for the both of us.”

“I was happy to see him back,” added Griffith. “It was a good feeling. We talked for a few minutes and carried on.”

And the duo has carried on with their missions since. Griffith has been “hit” by a total of four IEDs now, each taking him back to Nov. 25, 2006, but said he has not been fazed by these experiences. Griffith has stood his ground and handled each situation with care.

“This is what my NCOs and Chain-of-Command has taught me,” he said. “Before we came over here, being it was my first time, they taught me what to do in a situation like that. If it wasn’t for them, I probably wouldn’t have known what to have done.”

“Unfortunately, we didn’t catch the triggerman that day, but we did catch him later on another mission,” Griffith added. “It was an awesome feeling. It just felt good to know we got the guy who did this. It was a relief.”

Griffith also said he has talked with DeNeutte since the attack.
“He wanted to thank me for getting him out,” Griffith said. “He said, ‘Thanks for what you did.’”

Nunn said it was good to be back and didn’t want to go home -- he preferred to stay in the fight and carry out his mission, with Griffith by his side.

“He acted on a reflex,” said Nunn, proudly. “It wasn’t, ‘What should I do? Somebody tell me what should I do?’ As soon as [the blast] happened, he handled the vehicle. Once the vehicle stopped, he quickly analyzed the situation, jumped up and got me out of the vehicle.

“When the other vehicle pulled up, he quickly got me in-between the two vehicles,” he continued. “He jumped back into the vehicle, got DeNeutte out and he knew there had to be a triggerman on the outside of the road. He jumped in the gunners spot and started looking for that guy.

“If you have never been through something like that, it doesn’t matter what anybody teaches you,” said Nunn. “You’re either ready, or your not, and Griff proved his worth that day. It shows a lot about his character and what he’s willing to do for his team.

“It’s reassuring…there are guys who know how to handle a situation and know how to respond without being told what to do. Those are the guys you want riding in your vehicle, sitting next to you and going where you go,” Nunn said.
“This is real,” added Griffith. “I just knew something needed to be done, so I acted.”

Griffith’s and Nunn’s unit knows there is a bond between the two that will never be broken. The two Soldiers joke with each other, give the other one a hard time, but deep down, there is love between the two - love for their fellow Soldier and brother.
“I don’t think proud is the right word for [my feelings toward] Griff…it’s more than that,” Nunn said. “Griff and I are family.”

Sgt. Eric Nunn and Pvt. Bradley Griffith, both of Company A, attached to Co. C, 1-12 Combined Arms Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are survivors of an improvised explosive device which took the life of a fellow Soldier, Nov. 25, 2006. Nunn, who was injured by the blast, was carried out the smoking humvee by Griffith, who also pulled another Soldier out and got the two injured Soldiers to safety. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ryan Stroud, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

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A U.S. Marine with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, takes a break with his military working dog during a patrol at Observation Post Falcon in in Ramadi, Iraq, April 6, 2007. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Michael K. Kropiewnick

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In Today's News - Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Quote of the Day
"I'm proud to pay taxes in the United States;
the only thing is, I could be just as proud
for half the money."

-- Arthur Godfrey

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraqi Terrorists: We Make Our Own Rockets
Iraq PM says govt not weakened by Sadr pullout
"University of terror"
Iraq PM mulls replacement ministers
Democrats must figure next step on Iraq
Truck Loses Acid in Botched Attack

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan blast kills five in U.N. vehicle Blog: Operation Mountain Fury
Canal Upgrades Begin in Kandahar Province
Medical Assistance Provided for Afghans in Once Violent Sangin District

Other Military News
Reservist keeps pedaling with new heart
Marine's Mom Arrested

Worldwide Wackos
Report: North Korea to Shut Down Reactor Op-ed: Iran's Evil Game

Politics / Government
Senate Postpones Gonzales Hearing
Malaysia in no hurry to join U.S.-led security pact
Russia says U.S. defense secretary to visit
RFK Jr. to testify in Skakel appeal
Obamas' 2006 income put at $991,296 (So much for that 'I'm just a regular guy' image...)
Mitch Landrieu declines La. governor bid

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Virginia Tech Shooting:
Parents Demand Firing of Virginia Tech President, Police Chief Over Poor Handling of Mass Shooting
Video Coverage of the Virginia Tech Massacre
Hero Prof Killed Helping Students Escape
FAST FACTS: Timeline of Tragedy - VIDEO
Prof Recalls Massacre
Eyewitness to Terror: Virginia Tech Students Speak About Campus Massacre
Partial List of Victims
Virginia Tech statement on killings
Video: Students gather to mourn together
Pictures (Reuters)
From the scene in Blacksburg
A list of deadly campus shootings
Columbine families share Va. Tech sorrow
Colleges seek to get word out quicker

Louis J. Pearlman: Mentor of Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake On the Lam
New York City High School Under Investigation After Spring Break Trip to Cuba
Jury Selection Begins in Trial of Man Accused of Raping Girls Underground
Former Playboy TV Host Gets 11 Years for Smuggling Ecstasy
Slay Trial: Preacher's Daughter Heard 'Boom'
Prosecutor: Teen helped uncle kill woman
$2.8 million verdict against Allstate

U.N. News
Sudan Approves U.N. Troops for Darfur
China hoarding H5N1 samples for over a year: WHO
Sustainable growth

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Pulitzers scattered among news outlets
Judges reject appeals from webcasters

Science / Medicine / Technology
Study ties cured meats to higher lung disease risk
Breastfeeding may protect against breast cancer
Rain delays U.S. space tourist return: Russia
U.S. woman first to run Boston marathon in orbit
Sony may launch PS3 with larger hard disk capacity
Intel says new chips about 40 pct faster
Chomp before stomp for first amphibians
Red meat linked to breast cancer
U.S. industry told to invest in "clean-tech"
Mammoth skeleton sets auction record

Mother Nature
Global warming may put U.S. in hot water (Nice - can't motivate us enough to 'save the planet' with this seriously flawed theory, so now we're revisiting the "global warming causes terrorism" approach)

News from My Neck of the Woods
Floods Batter Northeast as Nor'easter Stalls (Our local DMV has a river, literally, in its parking lot...two whirlpools over where the drains are... our area has roads washed out, mudslides...we are lucky we live on the top of a hill)

NYC Couple Takes 2,500-Mile Cab Ride to Retirement Home
Passengers fume as sleepy crew delays flight
Oh, and I'm supposed to take the ring back, too...

Other News of Note
NEWS IN PICTURES: Khmer Rouge's Crimes

Fox News
Cops Outraged Over Firefighter Rap Lyrics
Gandhi's Kin: I'm Not Gandhi Enough to Lead
Kylie Minogue Poses for New H&M Swimsuit Line
Philadelphia Police Outraged Over Firefighter Rapper's Lyrics
Pop Tarts: Angelina Jolie to Blame for Sweaty American Males

Reuters: Top News
"Spider-Man" stars mum on fourth film
Video: Gere's kiss: a miss or diss?
Mayor of Japanese city Nagasaki shot
Zimbabwe targets aid groups as crackdown expands
New EU border rules pose headache for local Croats
All quiet on the Western Sahara front
Stone-throwing fracas mars Madonna's Malawi visit - Video
Booker-winning author on Orange shortlist
Dollar falls to 2-yr low vs euro on soft CPI data
Blue chips rise on Coca-Cola, J&J earnings
Boston Scientific wins approval for heart-device wire
Black & Decker shares up on improved forecast
London oil rises on pipe leak, U.S. inventory worry
Inflation tame, house building up
Top 10 Best-Selling Research Reports
Daily Investor Update - Subscribe today
Core inflation muted, homebuilding up
J&J handily beats forecast
Coca-Cola profit tops view
Fannie, Freddie to offer subprime aid: prepared text
KKR, pension funds in talks to take BCE private
Fed's Plosser says inflation uncomfortably high

AP World News
Consumer Price Index up 0.6 pct. in Mar.
Underwood wins CMT video of year award
Sabres beat Islanders, take series lead
Stocks mixed on inflation, housing data
Zito earns his 1st victory with Giants
Many parents admit they bribe their kids
Def Tech: Boeing Says "Doh!"
Web's Best Military Equipment Guide
Find Your Long-Lost Military Buddies
Using Your VA Loan Benefit

CENTCOM: News Releases

USJFCOM to co-host 2007 industry symposium - podcast
Secretary of the Air Force visits U.S. Joint Forces Command - podcast
USJFCOM continues to improve Joint National Training Capability - podcast
USJFCOM supports intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance conference - podcast

Bush Thanks Military Families for Their Sacrifices - Story
Gates Visits Jordan to Discuss Regional Concerns - Story
Photo Essay: Gates Visits Jordan
Detainee Denies Running Al Qaeda Camps - Story
Department Shares Record-Keeping Expertise - Story
Delay in War-Spending Bill Will Impact Troops - Story
Transcript: President's Radio Address

More Headline News
Establishing Democracy in Iraq Worthy Cause
Coalition Kills, Detains Extremists in Afghanistan
Terror Attack in Baghdad Strengthens Resolve
Commander Apologizes for No Notice Extensions

Military News
Osprey Aircraft to Make Combat Debut in Iraq
Recruiting, Retention Rates Remain Solid in March
Huachuca to be Home of Human-Intel Training

War on Terror
Militants Detained in Afghanistan - Story
Troops Kill, Capture Terrorists
Two Soldiers, Two Marines Killed
Five Soldiers Killed in Iraq

America Supports You
USO Opens Lounge at Dulles - Story
Group Provides Stars for Stripes
Bikers Salute, Support Troops
Troops Thank Supporters in Arizona

Sailors Will Need CAC to Log In
Chaplain Invents New Chapel Kit
Program Connects Troops to Public

Face of Defense
Brothers Reunite in Iraq - Story
450th ‘Ironhorse’ Re-enlistment
Pre-dawn Mission Brings Results
Soldier Takes Oath in a Chinook

Defense Secretary Visits Jordan To Discuss Regional Concerns - Story

Troops Working with Diwaniyah Residents - Story
First Permanent Customs Building Opens - Story
Joint Effort Continues at Jalalabad Airfield - Story
Iraqi Tankers Take on First Patrol Mission - Story

Transition Team Finds Iraqi Police Eager to Learn
Terrain Team Ensures Roads are Mapped Out

Kabul Hosts Engineering Contractor Open House
Marines Prepare for Afghanistan Deployment

Air National Guard Crew Flies First C-5 to Djibouti
U.S. Military Conducts Human Rights Training


Renewal In Iraq
Iraq: Security, Stability
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Weekly Reconstruction Report (PDF)
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Update

Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

Ansbach Aschaffenburg Berlin Berlin-Tempelhof Berlin/Schonefeld Bremerhaven
Darmstadt Frankfurt Frankfurt/Main Freiburg/Breisgau Garmisch
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Geilenkirchen Gelnhausen Giessen Kitzingen
Hanau Am Main Heidelberg Mainz Mannheim Nurnberg Stuttgart Trier
Wiesbaden Wurzburg


Agana Agana Heights Agat Andersen AFB Asan Barrigada

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Kadena Air Base Okinawa Tokyo Yokohama

Today in History
0858 - Benedict III ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1421 - Dikes at Dort Holland break - 100,000 drown
1492 - Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find the Indies
1521 - Martin Luther is excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church
1524 - Giovanni Verrazano, a florentine navigator, discovers New York Bay
1534 - Sir Thomas More confined in London Tower
1555 - Siena surrenders for Spanish troops
1596 - Arch duke Albrecht of Austria occupies Calais
1629 - 1st commercial fishery established
1704 - 1st successful US newspaper; published in Boston by John Campbell
1711 - Charles VI Habsburg becomes King of Austria
1747 - French troops occupy Zeeuws-Flanders, Netherlands
1793 - Battle of Warsaw
1808 - Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of US ships
1817 - 1st US school for the deaf founded by Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc (American School for the Deaf-Hartford CT)
1824 - Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54º 40' N
1839 - Guatemala forms republic
1853 - US Marine Hospital at Presidio (San Francisco) established; Thorbecke government resigns
1861 - Virginia become 8th state to secede; Indianola, TX-"Star of West" taken by Confederacy
1863 - Grierson's Raid - La Grange, TN to Baton Rouge, LA
1864 - Battle of Plymouth, NC; Bread revolt in Savannah, GA; Grant suspends prisoner-of-war exchanges
1865 - Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in Lincoln's assassination
1869 - 1st pro baseball games-Cincinnati Reds 24, Cincinnati amateurs 15
1875 - "Snooker" (variation of pool) invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain
1895 - Treaty of Shimonoseki signed, ends 1st Sino-Japanese War (1894-95)
1900 - 7 high chiefs of American Samoa sign Instrument of Cession
1905 - US Supreme court judges maximum work day unconstitutional
1907 - 11,745 immigrants arrive at Ellis Island NY
1924 - Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures & Louis B. Mayer Company merged to form MGM
1925 - Paul Painlevé follows Edouard Herriot on as French premier
1927 - Japan's Wakarsoeki government falls/Baron Tanaka becomes premier
1930 - Abkhazian ASSR established in Georgian SSR
1932 - Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia ends slavery
1937 - Cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J. Fudd & Petunia Pig debut
1939 - Stalin signs British-France-Russian anti-Nazi pact
1941 - Office of Price Administration established (to handle rationing); British troop land in Iraq/Yugoslavia; surrender to Nazis
1942 - 12 Lancasters bomb MAN-factory in Augsburg; Operations begin to destroy Sobibor Concentration Camp
1943 - Admiral Yamamoto flies from Truk to Rabaul
1943 - SS-Lieutenant-General Jürgen Stoop arrives in Warsaw
1945 - 8th Air Force bombs Dresden; German occupiers flood Wieringermeer Netherlands; Mussolini flees from Salò to Milan; US troops lands in Mindanao
1946 - Syria declares independence from French administration
1956 - USSR's Cominform (Parliament) dissolves; Bulgaria premier Tchervenkov resigns
1960 - American Samoa sets up a constitutional government
1964 - Ford Mustang formally introduced ($2368 base)
1967 - Surveyor 3 launched; soft lands on Moon, April 20
1969 - Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy
1970 - Apollo 13 limps back safely - Beech-built oxygen tank no help
1971 - Egypt, Libya & Syria form federation (FAR); People's Republic of Bangladesh forms, under sheik Mujib ur-Rahman
1972 - Revised Dutch constitution proclaimed
1974 - Muslim fundamentalists assault military academy in Heliopolis, Egypt
1975 - Khmer Rouge captures Phnom Penh, Cambodia, ending a 5-year war (Kampuchea National Day)
1977 - Christian-Democrats win Belgium parliamentary election
1982 - Canada adopts its constitution
1983 - In Warsaw, police route 1,000 Solidarity supporters; India enters space age, launching SLV-3 rocket
1984 - Libyan embassy demonstration, 1 shot dead
1986 - IBM produces 1st megabit-chip; Netherlands & Scilly Islands sign peace treaty (war of 1651)
1989 - Soviet-US agreement allows Soviets to fight US pros; Polish labor union granted legal status
1990 - Gas explodes on passenger train in Kumrahar India, 80 die
1993 - Police officers found guilty of violating Rodney King's civil rights; STS-56 (Discovery) lands
1994 - Aruba government of Oduber falls

1573 - Maximilian I, Duke/ruler of Bayern (Catholic League)
1676 - Frederik I [van Hessen Kassel], King of Sweden (1720-51)
1741 - Samuel Chase, judge (signed Declaration of Independence)
1788 - Joseph Gilbert Totten, Union Brevet Major General
1809 - Philip St. George Cocke, Confederate Brigadier General
1813 - Henry Washington Benham, Union Brevet Major General
1870 - Ray Stannard Baker, US journalist (Puliter Prize 1940)
1894 - Nikita S. Khrushchev, 1st Secretary USSR (1953-64)
1916 - Donald Gibson, British Vice-Admiral
1916 - Sirimavo Bandaranaike, world's 1st woman PM (Sri Lanka, 1960-77)
1923 - Harry Reasoner, newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS)
1926 - Arthur Hockaday, Director-General (Commonwealth War Graves Commission)
1927 - Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Premier of Poland (1989-90)
1932 - Han J. A. Hansen [Jansen], Dutch journalist (King Comes!); Ramsay Melhuish, diplomat
1933 - Tim Rathbone, MP
1934 - Don Kirshner, rock & roll producer (invented bubblegum music)
1937 - Brian Sedgemore, British MP; Eduard N. Stepanov, Russian cosmonaut; Terry Dicks, British MP
1948 - Viscount Bridport
1958 - Sergei Yuriyevich Vozovikov, Russian Major/cosmonaut
1968 - Maurits Prince of Netherlands

0818 - Bernhard I, King of Italy
0858 - Benedict III, Italian Pope (855-58)
1272 - Zita/Cita, Italian maid/saint, dies at about 59
1630 - Christian I, ruler of Anhalt-Bernburg (battle of White Mountain)
1711 - Jozef I [Habsburg], Emperor of Germany (1705-11), dies at about 32
1726 - Henriëtte Amalia, ruler of Nassau-Dietz, dies at 49
1790 - Benjamin Franklin, American founding father (Poor Richard's Almanac), dies at 84
1863 - Daniel Smith Donelson, Confederate General/cousin of Andrew Jackson, dies at 61
1936 - Charles J. M. Ruys de Beerenbrouck, Dutch PM (1918-23, 29-33)
1945 - Ion Pillat, Romaniams poet/Senator (Umbra timpului)
1945 - Walter Model German fieldmarshal, commits suicide at 54
1948 - Johan P. Earl of Limburg Stirum, diplomat, dies at 75
1974 - Frank McGee, Today Show host, dies of cancer at 52
1990 - Reverend Ralph David Abernathy, civil rights activist, dies at 64
1993 - Turgut Özal President of Turkey (1989-93), dies at 65
1997 - Chaim Herzog President of Israel (1983-93), dies at 78

Reported Missing in Action
Woodworth, Samuel Alexander, USAF (OK); F105D shot down, KIA / BNR

Tromp, William L., USN (MI); A1H crashed over water

Carlton, James E., USMC (AL); A6A shot down (w/McGarvey)

McGarvey, James M., USMC (IN); A6A shot down (w/Carlton)

Held, John W., USAF (IN); A37A shot down

The following US Army SF personnel reported MIA after their team was attacked:
Dahill, Douglas E. (OH)

Newton, Charles V. (TX)

Prevedel, Charles F. (MO)

Also reported MIA this day in 1969:
Willett, Robert V., Jr., USAF (MT); F100D shot down

Gillespie, John F., (Australia)

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