Today in History (1862) - The U.S. government forbids all Union army officers from returning fugitive slaves, thus effectively annulling the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 and setting the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation. On the same day in 1865, the Confederate Congress voted to enlist 300,000 black troops, granting them freedom with the consent of their owners. Lee surrendered a few weeks later.
Today in Terrorist History (1973) - ITT Building in New York City bombed to protest ITT's involvement in the September 11 Coup in Chile. Twenty-seven years later, the Al Aqsa Intifada begins after visit of Ariel Sharon to the Al Aqsa mosque.