Today's Highlight in
On March eleventh, 1942, as
Japanese forces continued to advance in the
Pacific during World War Two, General
Douglas MacArthur left the Philippines
for Australia, vowing: "I shall
return." (He kept that promise nearly three
On this date:
In 1810, Emperor Napoleon of France was married
by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria.
In 1861, the
Confederate convention in Montgomery, Alabama,
adopted a constitution.
In 1888, the
famous "Blizzard of '88" struck the
northeastern United States, resulting in some 400
In 1930, former
President and US Chief Justice Taft was buried in
Arlington National Cemetery.
In 1941, President
Roosevelt signed into law the Lend-Lease Bill,
providing war supplies to countries fighting the
In 1954, the US
Army charged that Wisconsin Senator Joseph R.
McCarthy and his subcommittee's chief counsel,
Roy Cohn, had exerted pressure to obtain favored
treatment for Private G. David Schine, a former
consultant to the subcommittee.
In 1959, the
Lorraine Hansberry drama "A Raisin in the
Sun" opened at New York's Ethel Barrymore
In 1965, the
Reverend James J. Reeb, a white minister from
Boston, died after being beaten by whites during
civil rights disturbances in Selma, Alabama.
In 1977, more than
130 hostages held in Washington DC by Hanafi
Muslims were freed after ambassadors from three
Islamic nations joined the negotiations.
In 1985, Mikhail
S. Gorbachev was chosen to succeed the late
Soviet President Konstantin U. Chernenko.
Ten years ago: The
Lithuanian parliament voted to break away from
the Soviet Union and restore its independence.
Five years ago:
President Clinton nominated Deputy Defense
Secretary John Deutch to be CIA director. Gerry
Adams, leader of the IRA-allied Sinn Fein party,
arrived in the United States for a St. Patrick's
One year ago: The
House voted 219-to-191 to conditionally support
President Clinton's plan to send US troops to
Kosovo if a peace agreement was reached.
"Because things are
the way they are, things will not stay the way
Bertholt Brecht, German poet and dramatist