Friday, March 11, 2016

Today in History: Friday, March 11, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On March 11, 2011, a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami struck Japan's northeastern coast, killing nearly 20,000 people and severely damaging the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station.
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On this date in:
1862During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln removed Gen. George B. McClellan as general-in-chief of the Union armies.
1888A blizzard struck the northeastern United States, resulting in some 400 deaths.
1941President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Lend-Lease Bill, providing war supplies to countries fighting the Axis.
1985Mikhail S. Gorbachev was chosen to succeed the late Soviet President Konstantin Chernenko. 
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1990The Lithuanian parliament voted to break away from the Soviet Union and restore its independence. 
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1993Janet Reno was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to be the nation's first female attorney general.
1993North Korea withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
2002Two columns of light soared skyward from ground zero in New York as a temporary memorial to the victims six months after the Sept. 11 attacks.
AP Photo/Mike Derer
2004Ten bombs exploded in quick succession across the commuter rail network in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 people and wounding more than 2,000 in an attack linked to al-Qaida-inspired militants.
AP Photo/Paul White
2011Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a measure to eliminate most union rights for public employees, a proposal which had provoked three weeks of protests.
2012Sixteen Afghan villagers – mostly women and children – were shot dead as they slept, allegedly by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch turns 85 years old today.
AP Photo/Matt Sayles
Sam DonaldsonBroadcast journalist82
Mark MetcalfActor ("Animal House")70
Bobby McFerrinSinger66
Jerry ZuckerDirector66
Susan RichardsonActress ("Eight is Enough")64
Jimmy IovineRecord executive63
Gale NortonFormer secretary of the interior62
Nina HagenSinger61
Peter BergActor, director54
Jeffrey NordlingActor54
Alex KingstonActress ("ER")53
Wallace LanghamActor ("CSI")51
Jesse Jackson Jr.Former U.S. congressman, D-Ill.51
Lisa LoebRock singer48
Terrence HowardActor47
Johnny KnoxvilleActor ("Jackass")45
Benji MaddenRock musician (Good Charlotte)37
Joel MaddenRock musician (Good Charlotte)37
Thora BirchActress34
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia turns 80 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
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