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« on: March 18, 2010, 07:15:55 am »

Thursday, March 18th
The 077th day of 2010.
There are 288 days left in the year.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On March 18, 1965, the first spacewalk took place as Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov left his Voskhod 2 capsule and remained outside the spacecraft for 20 minutes, secured by a tether. (Go to article.)

On March 18, 1837, Grover Cleveland, the only U.S. president who served two non-consecutive terms, was born. Following his death on June 24, 1908, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On March 18, 1876, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about a federal government scandal. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1766    Britain repealed the Stamp Act.

1922    Mohandas K. Gandhi was sentenced to prison in India for civil disobedience.

1925    A tornado with a base nearly a mile wide tore a destructive path 219 miles from southeastern Missouri across Illinois and into southwestern Indiana. With 695 killed, it is the deadliest tornado in U.S. history.

1931    Schick Inc. marketed the first electric razor.

1940    Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini held a meeting at the Brenner Pass during which the Italian dictator agreed to join in Germany's war against France and Britain.

1959    President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Hawaii statehood bill.

1962    France and Algerian rebels agreed to a truce.

1974    Most of the Arab oil-producing nations ended their embargo against the United States.

2000    Taiwan ended more than a half century of Nationalist Party rule by electing opposition leader Chen Shui-bian president.

2002    A 13-year-old girl died two days after being hit in the head by a hockey puck during an NHL game in Columbus, Ohio.

2005    Doctors in Florida, acting on orders of a state judge, removed Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. (The brain-damaged woman died 13 days later.)

2008    Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama confronted America's racial divide with a speech in Philadelphia. It was prompted by incindiary racial remarks made by Obama's African-American pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

2009    British actress Natasha Richardson, 45, died at a New York hospital two days after suffering a head injury while skiing in Canada.

Current Birthdays

Queen Latifah turns 40 years old today.

AP Photo/Nick Wass Rapper-actress Queen Latifah turns 40 years old today.


84    Peter Graves
Actor ("Mission: Impossible")

83    John Kander
Composer ("Chicago")

74    F.W. de Klerk
Former South African president

72    Charley Pride
Country singer

67    Kevin Dobson
Actor ("Knots Landing")

60    Brad Dourif
Actor ("Deadwood")

51    Irene Cara
Singer

48    James McMurtry
Rock singer, songwriter

47    Vanessa L. Williams
Singer, actress

46    Bonnie Blair
Olympic gold medal speed skater

38    Dane Cook
Actor, comedian

35    Brian Griese
Football player

31    Adam Levine
Rock singer (Maroon 5)

Historic Birthdays

Grover Cleveland

3/18/1837 - 6/24/1908
22nd and 24th president of the United States
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77    Friedrich Nicolai
3/18/1733 - 1/8/1811
German writer; a leader of the German Enlightenment

68    John C. Calhoun
3/18/1782 - 3/31/1850
American statesman

74    Francis Lieber
3/18/1798 - 10/2/1872
German-born American political philosopher and jurist

73    Antonio Salviati
3/18/1816 - 1/25/1890
Italian glass manufacturer

90    Nathanael Herreshoff
3/18/1848 - 6/2/1938
American naval architect and yacht designer

55    Rudolf Diesel
3/18/1858 - 9/29/1913
German thermal engineer; invented the internal-combustion engine

78    William Sulzer
3/18/1863 - 11/6/1941
New York governor (1913); impeached and removed from office

71    Neville Chamberlain
3/18/1869 - 11/9/1940
English prime minister

77    Chiang Ching-kuo
3/18/1910 - 1/13/1988
Chinese son of Chiang Kai-shek and his successor as leader of China


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