Dec. 4, 1943: Because of full employment during World War II, President Roosevelt shut down the Depression-era Works Progress Administration (WPA).
Dec. 4, 1992: President Bush ordered 28,000 U.S. troops to Somalia, where a civil war flared. Bush said the military was doing "God's work," because its mission was to provide humanitarian aid to starving Somalis. But U.S. troops eventually got snarled in a political conflict and were attacked, most notably in the October 1993 Battle of Mogodishu, in which 18 Americans were killed and 75 wounded. By March 1994, U.S. forces had pulled out.
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"Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." — John F. Kennedy
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