American troops march through a liberated Paris, the King of Pop is born, The Beatles perform their last concert before paying fans, and Hurricane Katrina hits the Gulf Coast, all on this day.
1962: President John F. Kennedy fields a press-conference question on the dangerous long-range side effects of DDT and other pesticides. Kennedy acknowledged Rachel Carson's ground-breaking environmental book "Silent Spring" in his response and stated that the government was taking a closer look at the issue. Eventually, DDT would be banned in the United States.
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