29 September 1997
On this date in 1997…
Jury selection began in the terry nichols trial for the Oklahoma City bombing trial.
1789 – On the final day of its first session, The U.S. Congress officially created the United States military.
1864 – The Battle of Chaffin’s Farm, Virginia began.
1915 – A hurricane killed 275 victims in the Mississippi Delta.
1927 – A tornado killed 85 people in St Louis Missouri.
1962 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy authorized use of federal troops to integrate the University of Mississippi ad nationalized the Mississippi National guard in response to city officials defying federal court orders.
1986 – Western Virginia native and Olympic gold medalist, Mary Lou Retton announced that she was quitting gymnastics.
1988 – The space shuttle Discovery took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It was the first manned space flight since the Challenger disaster.
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