July 1, 2000 |
Legislators narrowly elected a former opposition leader as prime minister of the Solomon Islands, and he pledged to end a year and a half of ethic violence that has killed as many as 60 people. Mannasseh Sogavare replaces ousted Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu, who resigned 2 1/2 weeks ago after armed rebels from the island of Malaita held him at gunpoint and seized the capital, Honiara, on the main island of Guadalcanal.
May 22, 1993
TBS presents an extended installment of "National Geographic Explorer" this Sunday at 6 p.m. that follows Robert Ballard, discoverer of the sunken Titanic and the Bismarck, to the final resting place of "The Lost Fleet of Guadalcanal." Military historians and veterans help Ballard identify 14 of the 50 American, Australian and Japanese warships that were destroyed 50 years ago during the famous World War II battle in the southwestern Pacific.
February 25, 1988
Charles Banks, 73, a retired Marine Corps brigadier general who fought with Edson's Raiders at Guadalcanal in World War II and won the Navy Cross for heroism in the Korean War. Banks was awarded the Navy Cross for extreme bravery during the Marine breakout from the Chosin Reservoir in Korea. Banks, whose decorations also included the Silver Star, retired from the Marines in 1959 and entered business.
January 28, 1998
George Wendelken, 81, who played Freckles in the classic "Our Gang" comedy shorts of the 1920s. After his years as a child star ended, Wendelken became well-known during World War II. He was a Seabee, a member of the Navy Construction Corps, and was wounded during fighting on Guadalcanal. His experience won him appointment as the first Enlisted Man's Representative in Washington, D.C., for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
May 20, 1986 |
Cyclone Namu slammed into Guadalcanal and the rest of the Solomon Islands with winds up to 140 m.p.h., causing widespread destruction that left thousands of villagers homeless and as many as 50 missing, reports said today.
November 11, 1988 |
President Reagan signed legislation Thursday granting a World War II veteran injured at Guadalcanal the disability benefits he was denied by the Navy because he lied about his age when he enlisted at age 12. Reagan said Calvin L. Graham "is a veteran of Navy and Marine Corps service who has honorably served his country." The act provides that dental injuries Graham suffered at the Battle of Guadalcanal will be considered a permanent service-connected disability incurred in the line of duty.
November 13, 2009 |
Time was when Ken Burns documented something, it pretty much closed the subject. Yet two years after Burns took on World War II in his seven-part "The War," two ambitious if not equally soundtracked series are marking Veterans Day. The Smithsonian Channel's six-part "Apocalypse" premiered Wednesday night, and "WWII in HD" begins Sunday night on the History Channel. Both tout new, never-seen-before footage that has been digitally refurbished, often colorized and, in the case of "WWII in HD," presented in high-definition.
August 3, 1986 |
Last April, the Japanese held a special national celebration of the 60th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Hirohito. A figure out of the history books, he is, at age 85 not only the world's longest reigning monarch but the most long-lived of all his 124 predecessors in an imperial line that Japanese tradition holds stretches back more than 26 centuries.
June 5, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- Big Brown, who has had success starting from the outside, will test the inside in Saturday's $1-million Belmont Stakes. Big Brown, attempting to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 30 years, got post position No. 1 in Wednesday's draw at Belmont Park and was installed as the 2-5 favorite. Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby from the 20th and outside post and the Florida Derby from the 11th and outside post. So the rail wasn't what trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. wanted.