104th Congress under Republican control - HISTORY
Year
1995

104th Congress under Republican control

The 104th Congress becomes the first held entirely under Republican control since the Eisenhower era. Thanks to Newt Gingrich and his “Contract with America,” the Republican Party won majority control of congress for the time in forty years.

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Segovia begins final U.S. tour

Spanish guitar great Andres Segovia arrives in the United States for his final American tour. He died four months later in Madrid at the age of 94.Segovia was hailed for bringing the Spanish guitar from relative obscurity to classical status. Born in Spain’s southern region of ...read more

Utah enters the Union

Six years after Wilford Woodruff, president of the Mormon church, issued his Manifesto reforming political, religious, and economic life in Utah, the territory is admitted into the Union as the 45th state.In 1823, Vermont-born Joseph Smith claimed that an angel named Moroni ...read more

The euro debuts

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Thieu announces war has resumed

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Poet T.S. Eliot dies in London

Poet T.S. Eliot dies in London at age 76. Eliot’s The Waste Land, published in 1922, is considered the single most influential work of poetry of the twentieth century. In 1948 he was bestowed the Order of Merit by King George VI and in the same year was awarded the Nobel Prize ...read more

Jacob Grimm is born

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Trains collide in Pakistan

Two trains collide in Sangi, Pakistan, on this day in 1990, killing between 200 and 300 people and injuring an estimated 700 others. This was the worst rail accident to date in Pakistan.The train Zakaria Bahauddin (named after a holy man according to Pakistani tradition) had a ...read more

Boston Strangler strikes again

Mary Sullivan is raped and strangled to death in her Boston apartment. The killer left a card reading “Happy New Year” leaning against her foot.Sullivan would turn out to be the last woman killed by the notorious Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo, who had terrorized the city ...read more

The God That Failed published

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Confederate General Roger Hanson dies

On this day in 1863, Confederate General Roger Weightman Hanson dies at age 35 at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. His death was a result of wounds sustained two days earlier at the Battle of Stones River, Tennessee.Hanson was born in 1827 in Clark City, Tennessee. He served during the ...read more

GM announces its electric car

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