The Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, is passed by the U.S. Congress, at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson (1807)
The GOELRO economic development plan is adopted by the 8th Congress of Soviets of the Russian SFSR (1920)
Comedian Lenny Bruce is convicted of obscenity (1964)
Berlin's Brandenburg Gate re-opens after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany (1989)
Islamic jihadi terrorist Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63 (2001)
President B. Hussein Obama signs the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 before departing D.C. to join his family for an unusually brief but lavish 11-day vacation at Plantation Estate in Hawaii (2010)
b: Jack Brooks (1922), Diane Sawyer (1945); d: Chico Mendes (1988)
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