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On March eighth, 1854, US Commodore
Matthew C. Perry made his second landing in
Japan. Within a month, he concluded a treaty with
On this date:
In 1702, England's Queen Anne ascended the throne
upon the death of King William the Third.
In 1841, Supreme
Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes
Junior, the "Great Dissenter,"
was born in Boston.
In 1874, the 13th
president of the United States, Millard Fillmore,
died in Buffalo, New York.
In 1917, Russia's
"February Revolution" (so called
because of the Old Style calendar used by
Russians at the time) began with rioting and
strikes in St. Petersburg.
In 1917, the US
Senate voted to limit filibusters by adopting the
In 1930, the 27th
president of the United States, William Howard
Taft, died in Washington.
In 1942, Japanese
forces captured Rangoon, Burma, during World War
In 1944, US
bombers resumed bombing Berlin.
In 1965, the
United States landed about 3500 Marines in South
In 1986, four
French television crew members were abducted in
west Beirut; a caller claimed Islamic Jihad was
responsible. (All four were eventually released.)
Ten years ago:
Opening arguments were heard in the Iran-Contra
trial of former national security adviser John M.
Five years ago:
Two United States diplomats were killed, one
injured, when their car was ambushed as they were
driving to the US Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan.
The plummeting dollar stabilized after Federal
Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan called the
One year ago: New
York Yankees baseball star Joe DiMaggio died in
Hollywood, Florida, at age 84. The Clinton
administration directed the firing of nuclear
scientist Wen Ho Lee from his job at the Los
Alamos National Laboratory because of alleged
security violations. President Clinton began a
tour of Central America.
"We do not acquire
humility. There is humility in us -- only we
humiliate ourselves before false gods."
Simone Weil, French philosopher (1909-1943).