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1997: STS-83, Columbia 22, launched. This was the 83rd shuttle mission for NASA and the 22nd flight for Columbia. The shuttle, which carried 19 experiments, was scheduled to be in space for 16 days but returned in less than four due to problems with a fuel cell.

1992: Jury deliberations began in Noriega case. Manuel Noriega was the former military leader of Panama. He was captured in 1989 during the U.S. invasion. He was put on trial in Miami, Florida in 1992. On this date the case was given to the jury. Noriega was eventually found guilty of eight drug trafficking, racketeering, and money laundry and was sentenced to 30 years.

1949: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty was signed. During a meeting in Washington D.C. the Prime Ministers of eleven nations signed an agreement of mutual protection. Belgium, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the United States worked together in the hopes of stopping the spread of Communism and the Soviet Union.

Famous Birthdays:

1979: Heath Ledger – actor
1965: Robert Downey, Jr. – actor
1964: Robbie Rist - actor, Oliver-Brady Bunch
1888: Tris Speaker – baseball great, hit more doubles than Pete Rose

Notable People Lost:

1993: Alfred Mosher Butts – U.S. architect/game maker (Scrabble)
Martin Luther King, Jr. – Civil Rights Activist
: William Henry Harrison – first U.S. President to die in office

Odd Holidays (There's Always Something to Celebrate!):

Walk Around Things Day
Chocolate Milk Powder Birthday 1828.
Microsoft's Birthday 1975
National Cordon Bleu Day

Thought for the day: Do dentists go to other dentists or do they just do it themselves?

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