The Mississippi River is rocked by earthquakes, Baltimore burns, Chaplin debuts "The Tramp," The Beatles arrive in America, and space shuttle astronauts make the first untethered spacewalk, all on this day.
1991: Haiti's first democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is sworn in. During his short-lived first period in office, he attempted to carry out substantial reforms, which brought passionate opposition from Haiti's business and military elite, and he was overthrown in a bloody military coup in September 1991. Aristide served as president again from 1994 to 1996 after the coup regime collapsed and again from 2001 to 2004, when he was again ousted in another coup.
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