The New York Times revealed that the Manhattan Project – the Allies’ effort during World War II to develop the first atomic bomb – apparently had enough foreign spies to field a baseball team.
Vice President Dick Cheney admitted during an interview with ABC News that he was directly involved in approving severe interrogation methods – such as waterboarding – used by the CIA on terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, despite both the Pentagon and the CIA internally prohibiting waterboarding, and testimony from Stephen Jackson, acting head of the Dept. of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, to the House Judiciary Committee that there is no legal sanction for these tactics.
During a live broadcast interview, actor William Shatner – a k a Captain James T. Kirk of Star Trek fame – revealed that he had inside information confirming that there is, in fact, life on the planet Mars.
Researchers at the Department of Biology at Binghamton University in Australia who were studying yawning among parrots discovered that the birds do not generally engage in contagious yawning, as humans do, and that yawning is the body’s way of cooling off an overheated brain.
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin announced that five FCC Commissioners and other Commission staff would fan out across the country and hold town hall meetings, workshops and roundtables, all in an effort to raise awareness and educate consumers on the upcoming transition from analog to digital television.
The U.S. Gross National Debt – the amount of money borrowed by the General Fund – reached a record $10 trillion.
A recently discovered script written in the 1970’s by the BBC and the British government, and to be broadcast in the event of nuclear attack, instructed the public to “stay calm and remain in your own homes,” and to “turn off fuel supplies, ration food to last 14 days, and conserve water” – with a warning not to waste it by flushing the lavatory.
During a radio interview with The Daily Telegraph of London, former NASA astronaut and moonwalker Dr. Edgar Mitchell – a veteran of the Apollo 14 moon mission – claimed that aliens do exist, that the space agency had had contact with these aliens, described as “little people who look strange to us,” and that the extraterrestrials have visited Earth on several occasions, but that alien contact has been repeatedly covered up by governments for six decades.
George W. Bush became the first U.S. President to revoke a pardon, one he had granted only a day before to real estate developer Isaac Robert Toussie of Brooklyn, N.Y., who had been convicted of making false statements to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and of mail fraud, after learning of political contributions totaling more than $40,000 to Republicans by the man’s father before Toussie’s clemency petition was filed with the White House.
Barack Obama became the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.