Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Today in History: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On March 16, 1751, James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, was born in Port Conway, Va.
 
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1521Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines, where he was killed by natives the following month.
1802Congress authorized the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
1836The Republic of Texas approved a constitution.
1850"The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was published.
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1926Rocket science pioneer Robert H. Goddard successfully tested the first liquid-fueled rocket, in Auburn, Mass.
1935Adolf Hitler scrapped the Treaty of Versailles.
1968U.S. troops gunned down hundreds of unarmed civilians in the village of My Lai during the Vietnam War.
1985Terry Anderson, chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press, was abducted in Beirut.
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2003Vice President Dick Cheney predicted on NBC's "Meet the Press" that American troops would be "greeted as liberators" by the Iraqi people.
2003Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American, was killed when she was run over by a bulldozer while trying to block Israeli troops from demolishing a Palestinian home in Gaza.
2005A judge in Redwood City, Calif., sent Scott Peterson to death row for the slaying of his pregnant wife, Laci.
2008Protests spread from Tibet into three neighboring provinces; the Dalai Lama decried what he called the "cultural genocide" taking place in his homeland.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Lauren Graham ("Gilmore Girls," "Parenthood") turns 49 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Jerry LewisActor, comedian90
Bernardo BertolucciDirector75
Chuck WooleryGame show host75
Erik EstradaActor ("CHiPS")67
Victor GarberActor ("Alias")67
Nancy WilsonRock singer (Heart)62
Isabelle HuppertActress61
Ozzie NewsomeFootball Hall of Famer60
Flavor FlavRapper (Public Enemy)57
Alan TudykActor ("Firefly")45
Wolfgang Van HalenRock musician (Van Halen)25
Actor Judah Friedlander ("30 Rock") turns 47 years old today.
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