Beiruit, Lebanon (JFK+50) Thirty years ago today, February 26, 1984, just four months after President Ronald Reagan announced that the United States would continue its peace-keeping efforts, the last of the United States Marines stationed here in Beiruit left for home.
In 1982, a force of 800 marines were sent to Beiruit as part of a multi-national force to oversee Palestinian withdrawal.
On April 18, 1983, a suicide bomber drove a truck laden with explosives into the American Embassy killing 63 people including 17 Americans.
Then on October 23 another suicide bomber drove a truck into the marine base in Beiruit killing 241 American military personnel.
GRAND TETON BECOMES A NATIONAL PARK
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Calvin Coolidge signed a law 85 years ago today, February 26, 1929, at the White House establishing the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The United States Department of the Interior announced 85 years ago today, February 26, 1919, that Grand Canyon would be designated a national park.
More than 800,000 acres had been designated for the park by President Woodrow Wilson.