... 1982 (25 years ago today), animal rights activism took a violent turn as a letter sent by the "Animal Rights Militia" exploded when it was opened at No. 10 Downing Street, London, by a member of the staff of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The staffer suffered minor burns. Thatcher, who suffered no physical injury, commented: Letter bombs anywhere are most distressing and I'm afraid we are all vulnerable."
... 1957 (50 years ago today), Margaret Spellings (right) was born in Michigan, where she lived until age 3, when she and her family moved to Houston, Texas. A political science graduate of the University of Houston, she worked for 6 years as an educational aide to then-Governor George W. Bush. Moving to Washington after his election as President, "she helped create the No Child Left Behind Act and crafted policies on education, immigration, health care, labor, transportation, justice, housing, and other elements of the President's domestic agenda," before becoming Secretary of Education in 2005. Spellings is the 2d woman to lead the Department; the 1st was Shirley Hufstedtler (left), who resigned a federal appellate judgeship to become the 1st person to hold the Cabinet-level post, from 1979-1981.
... 1946, U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-Wyo.) was born in Salinas, California.