Today in History

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Posted: Mar 13, 2011 12:00 AM
Today in History

Today is Sunday, March 13, the 72nd day of 2011. There are 293 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On March 13, 1781, the seventh planet of the solar system, Uranus, was discovered by Sir William Herschel.

On this date:

In 1884, Congress officially adopted Eastern Standard Time for the District of Columbia.

In 1901, the 23rd president of the United States, Benjamin Harrison, died in Indianapolis at age 67.

In 1911, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard was born in Tilden, Neb.

In 1925, the Tennessee General Assembly approved a bill prohibiting the teaching of the theory of evolution. (Gov. Austin Peay signed the measure on March 21.)

In 1928, hundreds of people died when the San Francisquito Valley in California was inundated with water after the St. Francis Dam burst just before midnight the evening of March 12.

In 1933, banks began to reopen after a "holiday" declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

In 1964, bar manager Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, 28, was stabbed to death near her Queens, N.Y. home; the case generated controversy over the supposed failure of Genovese's neighbors to respond to her cries for help.

In 1969, the Apollo 9 astronauts splashed down, ending a mission that included the successful testing of the Lunar Module.

In 1980, Ford Motor Chairman Henry Ford II announced he was stepping down, the same day a jury in Winamac, Ind., found Ford Motor Co. innocent of reckless homicide in the fiery deaths of three young women in a Ford Pinto.

In 1996, a gunman burst into an elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, and opened fire, killing 16 children and one teacher before killing himself.

Ten years ago: France announced its first case of foot-and-mouth disease, prompting the U.S. Department of Agriculture to suspend imports of livestock and fresh meat from the European Union. Ahmed Ressam, an Algerian national arrested with a carload of explosives just before New Year's Eve 1999, went on trial in Los Angeles on charges of plotting to bomb Seattle and other U.S. cities during the millennium celebrations. (He was convicted of terrorism the following month.)

Five years ago: Deadly tornadoes raked the Midwest while wildfires scorched the Texas Panhandle. Publisher McClatchy Co. agreed to buy Knight-Ridder, but planned to immediately sell 12 of its newspapers. Black Sabbath and Blondie entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Actress Maureen Stapleton died in Lenox, Mass., at age 80; game show host Peter Tomarken, 63, and his wife, Kathleen, were killed when their small plane crashed into Santa Monica Bay.

One year ago: At least 30 people were killed in a series of Taliban suicide bombings in Afghanistan in what appeared to be a failed attempt to free inmates from a Kandahar prison. The Vatican denounced what it called aggressive attempts to drag Pope Benedict XVI into the spreading scandal of pedophile priests in his German homeland. With the biggest fight crowd in the U.S. in 17 years cheering him on at Cowboys Stadium, Manny Pacquiao dominated Joshua Clottey from the opening bell to retain his welterweight title.

Today's Birthdays: Jazz musician Roy Haynes is 86. Country singer Jan Howard is 81. Songwriter Mike Stoller is 78. Singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka is 72. Actor William H. Macy is 61. Actress Deborah Raffin is 58. Comedian Robin Duke is 57. Actress Glenne Headly is 56. Actress Dana Delany is 55. Rock musician Adam Clayton (U2) is 51. Jazz musician Terence Blanchard is 49. Actor Christopher Collet is 43. Rock musician Matt McDonough (Mudvayne) is 42. Actress Annabeth Gish is 40. Actress Tracy Wells is 40. Rapper-actor Common is 39. Rapper Khujo (Goodie Mob, The Lumberjacks) is 39. Singer Glenn Lewis is 36. Actor Danny Masterson is 35. Actor Emile Hirsch is 26. Singers Natalie and Nicole Albino (Nina Sky) are 25.

Thought for Today: "Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays." _ Friedrich von Schiller, German author (1759-1805).

(Above Advance for Use Sunday, March 13)

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