Monday, September 19, 2005
On this day in history
1796: President George Washington's farewell address is published. In it, America's first chief executive advises, ''Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.''
1911: Sir William Golding, author of the novel "Lord of the Flies", is born.
1928: Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse makes his first appearance in the animated short Plane Crazy. Later that year, he will star in Steamboat Willie, the first animated film with synchronized sound.
1952: The United States prevents film legend Charlie Chaplin from returning to Hollywood until he is investigated by the Immigration Services.
1957: The United States conducts its first underground nuclear test, in the Nevada desert.
1972: This blogger is born in Beirut, Lebanon; A diplomat at the Israeli embassy in London is killed by a letter bomb.
1985: A massive quake under Mexico City kills and injures thousands, devastating three states along the Pacific coast.
1997: An Intercity 125 ploughs into a freight train in west London, killing six and injuring more than 150.
2001: The Pentagon orders combat aircraft to the Persian Gulf in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
2002: President George W. Bush asks Congress for authority to ''use all means,'' including military force if necessary, to disarm and overthrow Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein if he did not quickly meet United Nations demands to abandon all weapons of mass destruction.
2003: Hurricane Isabel hits the east coast of the United States and sweeps through the area around Washington, DC.
2005: This blogger celebrates 33 years of existence; Large-scale corruption in post-Saddam Iraq's ministries, particularly the defense ministry, leads to one of the biggest thefts in history with more than $1 billion going missing; Al-Qaeda's deputy leader says for the first time the group carried out the 7 July suicide bombings in London, in which 52 people were killed; NASA announces plans to return to the Moon by 2020.