Saturday, March 19, 2016

Today in History: Saturday, March 19, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On March 19, 2003, an American-led coalition went to war against Iraq; the conflict began with the launch of U.S. cruise missiles and precision-guided bombs aimed at Saddam Hussein near Baghdad.
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On this date in:
1860William Jennings Bryan, secretary of state and three-time Democratic presidential nominee, was born in Salem, Ill.
1891Earl Warren, the 14th chief justice of the United States, was born in Los Angeles.
1917The Supreme Court upheld the eight-hour work day for railroads.
1918Congress approved daylight-saving time.
1920The U.S. Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles for a second time.
1931Nevada legalized gambling.
1945Adolf Hitler issued his so-called "Nero Decree" ordering the destruction of German facilities that could fall into Allied hands.
1953The Academy Awards ceremony was televised for the first time.
1962Bob Dylan's self-titled debut album was released by Columbia Records.
1987Televangelist Jim Bakker resigned as chairman of his PTL ministry organization amid a sex-and-money scandal involving a former church secretary, Jessica Hahn.
1988Two British soldiers were shot to death after they were dragged from a car and beaten by mourners attending an Irish Republican Army funeral in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1995After giving up an attempt to become a major league baseball player, Michael Jodan returned to pro basketball with the Chicago Bulls.
2001California officials declared a power alert, ordering the first of two days of rolling blackouts.
2003Mahmoud Abbas accepted the new position of Palestinian prime minister.
2011The U.S. fired more than 100 cruise missiles from the sea while French fighter jets targeted Moammar Gadhafi's forces from the air, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war in support of an uprising.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Glenn Close ("Damages," "Fatal Attraction") turns 69 years old today.
AP Photo/Chris Pizzello
Brent ScowcroftFormer national security adviser91
Ornette ColemanJazz saxophonist86
Philip RothAuthor83
Ursula AndressActress80
Ruth PointerSinger (The Pointer Sisters)70
Harvey WeinsteinMovie producer64
Andy ReidFootball coach58
Actor Bruce Willis turns 61 years old today.
AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
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