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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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Rescuers prepare to lower a volunteer into a well parallel to the one 18-month-old Jessica McClure fell into, during rescue efforts in Midland, Texas, Oct. 17, 1987.

Rescuers prepare to lower a volunteer into a well parallel to the one
18-month-old Jessica McClure fell into.
     
    
    
     
   
Rescue worker Steven Forbes holds 18-month-old Jessica McClure after she was rescued from abandoned water well in Midland, Texas, Oct. 16, 1987.

On this day in 1887, rescuers freed Jessica McClure from the abandoned well
that she had fallen into in Midland,
TX. She was trapped for 58 hours.

A rescue worker carries 18-month-old Jessica McClure in this Oct.16,1987 photo, shortly after she was rescued from an abandoned water well at Midland,Texas.

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Jessica McClure Morales became 33 years young in March.

Following McClure’s rescue on October 16, 1987, surgeons had to
amputate a toe due to
gangrene from loss of circulation while she
was in the well. She also has a scar on her forehead where her
head rubbed against the well casing. She had 15 surgeries over
the years and has no first-hand memory of the event.

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CONFIRMATION VOTE ON THIS DAY IN 1991

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After a bitter confirmation hearing, the U.S. Senate votes 52 to 48 to
confirm Clarence Thomas to the U.S.
Supreme Court
.

In July 1991, Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to sit on the
Supreme Court, announced his retirement after 34 years. President
George Bush quickly nominated Clarence Thomas, a 43-year-old African
American judge known for his conservative beliefs, to fill the seat. He  
had been chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
during the Reagan administration, and in 1990 Bush had appointed him
to the U.S. Court of Appeals. As the confirmation hearings for Thomas’
Supreme Court nomination got underway, he evaded controversy over
his conservative views on issues such as abortion by refusing to state
a clear political position. He seemed headed for an easy confirmation
until Anita Hill, a former aide, stepped forward and accused him of
sexual harassment.

   
    
   

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Anita Hill during the confirmation hearings.    
    

Hill is a university professor of social policy, law, and women’s
studies at
Brandeis University and a faculty member of the
university’s
Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
    
    

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas turned 71 in June.

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Anita Faye Hill became 63 in July.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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Over Rogers Dry Lake in Southern California, pilot Chuck Yeager flew
the Bell X-1 rocket plane and became the first person to break the
sound barrier on this day in 1947.     

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Charles Elwood Yeager turned 96 in February.

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CORNERSTONE LAID ON THIS DAY IN 1792

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Depiction of George Washington laying the cornerstone for the White House in a freemason ceremony.

The cornerstone is laid for a presidential residence in the newly designated
capital city of
Washington. In 1800, President John Adams became the first president to reside in the executive mansion, which soon became known as
the “White House” because its white-gray
Virginia freestone contrasted
strikingly with the red brick of nearby buildings.

The city of Washington was created to replace Philadelphia as the nation’s
capital because of its geographical position in the center of the existing
new republic. The states of
Maryland and Virginia ceded land around the
Potomac River to form the District of Columbia, and work began on
Washington in 1791.

   

    
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  The original design of the White House in 1800. 
     

    
    
    
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An artist’s interpretation of the construction of the White House.


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The White House as it looks today.

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DAVID LEE ROTH IS 65 TODAY

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Rock vocalist David Lee Roth was with Van Halen from 1974 to 1985 and went
on to pursue a solo career. He has a webcast via YouTube called The Roth
Show. He was born into a family of surgeons, working as a hospital orderly
while attending Pasadena City College.  Before becoming a rock star, he was
a radio personality. 

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