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On March ninth, 1862, during the Civil War, the
ironclads "Monitor" and
"Merrimac") clashed for five hours to a
draw at Hampton Roads, Virginia.
On this date:
In 1796, the future emperor of France, Napoleon
Bonaparte, married Josephine de Beauharnais. (The
couple divorced in 1809.)
In 1916, Mexican
raiders led by Pancho Villa attacked Columbus,
New Mexico, killing more than a dozen people.
In 1933, Congress, called
into special session by President Roosevelt,
began its "hundred days" of enacting
New Deal legislation.
In 1945, during
World War Two, US B-29 bombers launched
incendiary bomb attacks against Japan.
In 1954, CBS
newsman Edward R. Murrow critically
reviewed Wisconsin Senator Joseph R. McCarthy's
anti-Communism campaign on "See It
In 1975, work
began on the Alaskan oil pipeline.
In 1977, about a
dozen armed Hanafi Muslims invaded three
buildings in Washington DC, killing one person
and taking more than 130 hostages. The siege
ended two days later.
In 1989, the
Senate rejected President Bush's nomination of
John Tower to be defense secretary by a vote of
In 1996, comedian
George Burns died in Beverly Hills, California,
at age 100.
In 1997, gangsta
rapper The Notorious B.I.G., whose real name was
Christopher Wallace, was killed in a drive-by
shooting in Los Angeles; he was 24.
Ten years ago: Dr.
Antonia Novello was sworn in as surgeon general,
becoming the first woman and the first Hispanic
to hold the job.
Five years ago:
House Republicans unveiled their long-promised
tax cut for families, businesses and investors.
President Clinton sharply eased travel
restrictions on Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and
invited him to the White House for St. Patrick's
Day. Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman
took the stand at the O.J. Simpson murder trial,
denying ever meeting a woman who'd accused him of
making racist remarks.
One year ago: RJR
Nabisco Holdings Corporation, the
food-and-tobacco conglomerate, announced it was
getting out of the cigarette business.
"Your friend is the
man who knows all about you, and still likes
Elbert Hubbard, American author (1856-1915).