Saturday, March 12, 2016

Today in History: Saturday, March 12, 2016

AP Highlight in History:
On March 12, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the first of his radio "fireside chats," telling Americans what was being done to deal with the nation's economic crisis.
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On this date in:
1862Ulysses S. Grant was promoted to the rank of general-in-chief of the Union armies in the Civil War by President Abraham Lincoln.
1912The Girl Guides, the forerunner of the Girl Scouts of America, was founded.
1930Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi began a 200-mile march to protest a British tax on salt.
1938The "Anschluss" took place as German troops entered Austria. Adolf Hitler annexed his homeland the following day.
1939Pope Pius XII was crowned at the Vatican.
1951The cartoon "Dennis the Menace" by Hank Ketcham made its syndicated debut in 16 newspapers.
1969Rock musician Paul McCartney of the Beatles married Linda Eastman in London.
1980A Chicago jury found John Wayne Gacy Jr. guilty of the murders of 33 men and boys.
Audio LinkIllinois state's attorney Bernard Carey
1987The musical "Les Miserables" opened on Broadway.
1993Janet Reno was sworn in as the nation's first female attorney general.
1994The Church of England ordained its first female priests.
1999The Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland joined NATO.
2002Homeland security chief Tom Ridge unveiled a color-coded system for terror warnings.
2002The U.N. Security Council approved a U.S.-sponsored resolution endorsing a Palestinian state for the first time.
2003Elizabeth Smart, a 15-year-old girl who'd vanished from her bedroom nine months earlier, was found alive in a Salt Lake City suburb with two drifters.
2008New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned two days after reports had surfaced that he was a client of a prostitution ring.
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2009Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty in New York to pulling off perhaps the biggest swindle in Wall Street history.
2011The Arab League asked the U.N. Security Council to impose a no-fly zone to protect Libyan rebels.
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Aaron Eckhart turns 48 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Edward AlbeePlaywright ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf")88
Andrew YoungCivil rights leader, politician84
Barbara FeldonActress ("Get Smart")83
Al JarreauR&B, jazz singer76
Liza MinnelliSinger, actress70
Kent ConradFormer U.S. senator, D-N.D.68
James TaylorSinger, songwriter68
Marlon JacksonSinger (The Jackson Five)59
Courtney B. VanceActor56
Darryl StrawberryBaseball player54
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