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On March 15th, 1919, the American Legion was
founded, in Paris.
On this date:
In 44 B.C., Roman dictator Julius Caesar was
assassinated by a group of nobles that included
Brutus and Cassius.
Christopher Columbus returned to Spain,
concluding his first voyage to the Western
In 1767, the
seventh president of the United States, Andrew
Jackson, was born in Waxhaw, South
In 1820, Maine
became the 23rd state.
In 1875, the Roman
Catholic Archbishop of New York, John McCloskey,
was named the first American cardinal, by Pope
Pius the Ninth.
In 1913, President
Wilson held the first open presidential news
In 1956, the
Lerner and Loewe musical "My Fair Lady"
opened on Broadway.
In 1964, actress
Elizabeth Taylor married actor Richard Burton in
Montreal; it was her fifth marriage, his second.
addressing a joint session of Congress, President
Johnson called for new legislation to guarantee
every American's right to vote.
In 1975, Greek
shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis died near
Paris at age 69.
Ten years ago: The
Israeli government of Prime Minister Yitzhak
Shamir lost a vote of confidence in the Knesset
after Shamir refused to accept a US plan for
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Iraq executed
London-based journalist Farzad Bazoft, whom it
had accused of spying.
Five years ago:
President Clinton issued an executive order
formally blocking a one billion-dollar contract
between Conoco and Iran to develop a huge
offshore oil tract in the Persian Gulf.
One year ago: An
Amtrak train slammed into a steel-filled truck at
a crossing in Bourbonnais, Illinois, killing
eleven people. The Kosovar Albanian delegation to
peace talks in Paris said it was ready to sign an
international accord for Kosovo. Bruce
Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and Dusty
Springfield were inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame.
"The worst sin
toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence
George Bernard Shaw, Irish-born playwright