On this day in 1850, Vice President Millard Fillmore assumes the presidency, following the death of President Taylor. "I feel like the Lyndon Johnson of the 19th Century," he says to a baffled aide.

On this day in 1925, the official news agency of the Soviet Union, TASS, is established, according to an anonymous source.

On this day in 1997, scientists in London say DNA from a Neanderthal skeleton supports a theory that all humanity descended from an "African Eve" 100,000 to 200,000 years ago. So far, say the scientists, not one of us has ever called her, or even sent her a card.

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