Today's highlight in history:
On March 24, 1765, Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring
American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers.
On this date:
In 1832, a mob in Hiram, Ohio, attacked, tarred and feathered Mormon
leaders Joseph Smith Jr. and Sidney Rigdon.
In 1882, German scientist Robert Koch (kohk) announced in Berlin
that he had discovered the bacillus responsible for tuberculosis.
In 1932, in a first, radio station WJZ (later WABC) broadcast a
variety program from a moving train in Maryland.
In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill granting
future independence to the Philippines.
In 1944, in occupied Rome, the Nazis executed more than 300
civilians in reprisal for an attack by Italian partisans the day
before that had killed 32 German soldiers.
In 1955, the Tennessee Williams play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" opened
In 1958, rock-and-roll singer Elvis Presley was inducted into the
Army in Memphis, Tenn.
In 1976, the president of Argentina, Isabel Peron, was deposed by
her country's military.
In 1980, one of El Salvador's most respected Roman Catholic Church
leaders, Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, was shot to death by a
sniper as he celebrated Mass in San Salvador.
In 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez (vahl-DEEZ') ran aground on a
reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound and began leaking 11 million
gallons of crude oil.
In 1995, after 20 years, British soldiers stopped routine patrols in
Belfast, Northern Ireland.
In 1999, NATO launched airstrikes against Yugoslavia, marking the
first time in its 50-year existence that it had ever attacked a
sovereign country. Thirty-nine people were killed when fire erupted
in the Mont Blanc tunnel in France and burned for two days.
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush, during a six-hour
visit to El Salvador, held out the promise of expanded trade to
Central American nations. At the Academy Awards, Halle Berry became
the first black actress to win an Oscar for a leading role for her
work in "Monster's Ball," while Denzel Washington became the second
black actor, after Sidney Poitier, to win in the best actor category
for "Training Day." "A Beautiful Mind" won four Oscars, including
best picture and best director for Ron Howard.
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Five years ago: The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted
to impose new sanctions against Iran for its refusal to stop
enriching uranium. Japan's Miki Ando won the women's title at the
World Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo, leading a 1-2 finish for
the host country with Mao Asada second.
One year ago: The Census Bureau released its first set of
national-level findings from the 2010 count on race and migration,
showing that Hispanics accounted for more than half of the U.S.
population increase over the previous decade, exceeding estimates in
most states as they crossed a new census milestone: 50 million, or 1
in 6 Americans. A private funeral was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery
for Elizabeth Taylor (the service began 15 minutes behind schedule
in accordance with the actress' wish to be late for her own
Today's birthdays: Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti is 93. Fashion
and costume designer Bob Mackie is 73. Actor R. Lee Ermey is 68.
Movie director Curtis Hanson is 67. Washington Gov. Christine
Gregoire is 65. Rock musician Lee Oskar is 64. Singer Nick Lowe is
63. Rock musician Dougie Thomson (Supertramp) is 61. Fashion
designer Tommy Hilfiger is 61. Comedian Louie Anderson is 59.
Actress Donna Pescow is 58. Actor Robert Carradine is 58. Microsoft
CEO Steve Ballmer is 56. Actress Kelly LeBrock is 52.
Rhythm-and-blues DJ Rodney "Kool Kollie" Terry (Ghostown DJs) is 51.
TV personality Star Jones is 50. Country-rock musician Patterson
Hood (Drive-By Truckers) is 48. Actor Peter Jacobson is 47. Rock
singer-musician Sharon Corr (The Corrs) is 42. Actress Lara Flynn
Boyle is 42. Rapper Maceo (AKA P.A. Pasemaster Mase) is 42. Actress
Megyn Price is 41. Actor Jim Parsons is 39. Actress Alyson Hannigan
is 38. NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is 36. Actress Jessica
Chastain is 35. Actress Lake Bell is 33. Rock musician Benj Gershman
(O.A.R.) is 32. Actress Keisha Castle-Hughes is 22.
Thought for today: "Either you think, or else others have to
think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your
natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you." -- F. Scott
Fitzgerald, American author (1896-1940)
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