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Published Sep. 16, 2005

tues. July 30

Former Teamsters Union leader, James Hoffa, 62, was last seen 21 years ago Tuesday outside a restaurant in Bloomfield Township, near Detroit. His 13-year federal prison sentence had been commuted by President Nixon in 1971. On Dec. 8, 1982, seven years and 131 days after his disappearance, an Oakland County judge declared Hoffa dead as of July 30, 1982.

Source: Chase's Calendar of Events

fri. Aug. 2

On this day in 1939, Albert Einstein, a refugee from Nazi Germany and a world-famous scientist, wrote a letter to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, mentioning a possible atomic weapon. "A single bomb of this type," he wrote, "carried by boat and exploded in port, might very well destroy the whole port together with some of the surrounding territory." Six years and four days later, on Aug. 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atomic bombing of a populated place.

Source: Chase's Calendar of Events