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Today In History

Here is what happened
on Saturday - March 23rd...

History,  n.  One darn thing after another.

      Famous People Born On This Day In History...

1912Werner von Braun, German rocket scientist.
      Today, this person is/would be 107 years old.
1949Ric Ocasek, Car, why the long face.
      Today, this person is/would be 70 years old.
1976Keri Russell, actress - Felicity.
      Today, this person is/would be 43 years old.

      Events On This Day In History...

625Battle of Uhud takes place between Muslims and Pagans in Arabia.
752Stephen is elected Pope. He dies three days later, before being ordained bishop, and is not considered a legitimate pope.
1174Jocelin, abbot of Melrose, is elected bishop of Glasgow.
1568Peace of Longjumeau ends the Second War of Religion in France. Again Catherine de Medici and Charles IX of France make substantial concessions to the Huguenots.
1708James Francis Edward Stuart lands at the Firth of Forth.
1752Canada’s first newspaper, the weekly Halifax Gazette, begins publishing. John Bushnell’s paper lasts until 1766 when it is shut down for criticizing the British government’s Stamp Act.
1775American colonial rebel Patrick Henry makes his famous speech at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia. "Give me liberty or give me death!". (For the record: he’s dead now.).
1801Tsar Paul I of Russia is struck with a sword, then strangled, and finally trampled to death in his bedroom at St. Michael’s Castle.
1806After traveling through the Louisiana Purchase and reaching the Pacific Ocean, explorers Lewis and Clark and their "Corps of Discovery" begin their arduous journey home.
1821Battle and fall of city of Kalamata, Greek War of Independence.
1839First recorded use of "OK" as an abbreviation for "oll korrect" in the Boston Morning Post.
1848The ship John Wickliffe arrives at Port Chalmers carrying the first Scottish settlers for Dunedin, New Zealand. Otago province is founded.
1857Elisha Otis’s first elevator is installed at 488 Broadway, New York City.
1865The British Parliament votes £50,000 for Canadian defense after the American Union ship Kearsarge sinks the Confederate ship Alabama, built in UK.
1868The University of California is founded in Oakland, California when the Organic Act is signed into law.
1889Land run: US president Benjamin Harrison opens Oklahoma to white settlement starting on April 22.
1889The free Woolwich Ferry officially opens in east London.
1889The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is established by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in Qadian India.
1896The Raines Law is passed by the New York State Legislature, restricting Sunday sale of alcohol to hotels
1901Dame Nellie Melba, Australian Opera Singer, reveals secret of her now famous toast.
1903Elizabeth Magie patents The Landlord Game, a board game illustrating the evils of slum landlards. Charles Darrow stole the idea and sold it to Parker Brothers in 1935 as Monopoly. Parker Brothers eventually bought out Magie’s rights for a paltry $500.
1903The Wright Brothers apply for a patent on their invention of one of the first successful airplanes after much hard work.
1909Theodore Roosevelt leaves New York for a post-presidency safari in Africa. The trip is sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society.
1912The Dixie Cup is invented.
1919In Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini founds his Fascist political movement.
1923In Toronto, Foster Hewitt does the play-by-play for his first hockey game on the radio. He goes on to become the ’voice of hockey.’ "He shoots !   He Scores !! ", his signature line, is now a standard for all hockey broadcasters.
1929First telephone installed in the US White House.
1931Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev embrace the gallows during the Indian struggle for independence. Their request to be shot by a firing squad is refused.
1933The Reichstag passes the Enabling act of 1933, making democratically elected Adolf Hitler the dictator of Germany.
1935Signing of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Philippines.
1940The Lahore Resolution (Qarardad-e-Pakistan or the then Qarardad-e-Lahore) is put forward at the Annual General Convention of the All India Muslim League.
1956Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic in the world.
1962NS Savannah, the first nuclear-powered cargo-passenger ship, was launched as a showcase for Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace initiative.
1965Gemini 3 launched, first US 2-man space flight.
1980Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador gives his famous speech appealing to men of the El Salvadoran armed forces to stop killing the Salvadorans.
1983Strategic Defense Initiative: President Ronald Reagan makes his initial proposal to develop technology to intercept enemy missiles.
1983The Apatosaurus is made the official state dinosaur of Guam.
1989Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann announce cold fusion at the University of Utah. It is quickly debunked by mainstream scientists as quackery.
1994At an election rally in Tijuana, Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio is assassinated by Mario Aburto Martínez.
1994Aeroflot Flight 593 crashes in Siberia when the pilot’s fifteen-year old son accidentally disengages the autopilot, killing 75.
1996Taiwan holds its first direct elections and chooses Lee Teng-hui as President.
1999Gunmen assassinate Paraguay’s Vice President Luis María Argaña.
2001The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji.
2003In Nasiriyah, Iraq, 11 soldiers of the 507th Maintenance Company as well as 18 U.S. Marines are killed during the first major conflict of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
2004Andhra Pradesh Federation of Trade Unions holds its first conference in Hyderabad, India.
2006Federal Reserve discontinues publishing M3 money supply thus allowing the US government and the Fed to manipulate inflation in secret.

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