Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci are executed by a firing squad consisting of members of the Italian resistance movement (1945)
U.S. troops land in the Dominican Republic to "forestall establishment of a Communist dictatorship" and to evacuate U.S. Army troops (1965)
President of Afghanistan, Mohammed Daoud Khan, is overthrown and assassinated in a coup led by pro-communist rebels (1978)
American engineer Ben Linder is killed in an ambush by U.S.-funded Contras in northern Nicaragua (1987)
Former C.I.A. official Aldrich Ames pleads guilty to giving U.S. secrets to the Soviet Union and later Russia (1994)
President Bill Clinton gives a 4½ hour videotaped testimony for the defense in the notorious Whitewater corruption case.
b: James Baker (1930), Saddam Hussein (1937), Elena Kagan (1960); d: Jerry Horan (1937), Roberto Farinacci (1945), Roy Lee Williams (1989)
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