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On March 16th, 1850, "The
Scarlet Letter," Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel
about adultery, revenge and redemption in Puritan
Massachusetts, was first published.
On this date:
In 1751, James Madison, fourth
president of the United States, was born in Port
In 1802, Congress
authorized the establishment of the US Military
Academy at West Point, New York.
In 1836, the
Republic of Texas approved a constitution.
In 1894, the opera
"Thais", composed by Jules Massenet,
premiered in Paris.
In 1915, the
Federal Trade Commission was organized.
In 1935, Adolf
Hitler scrapped the Treaty of Versailles.
In 1945, during
World War Two, Iwo Jima was declared secured by
In 1968, during
the Vietnam War, the My Lai Massacre was carried
out by US troops under the command of Lieutenant
William L. Calley Junior.
In 1978, Italian
politician Aldo Moro was kidnapped by left-wing
urban guerrillas, who later murdered him.
In 1985, Terry
Anderson, chief Middle East correspondent for The
Associated Press, was abducted in Beirut; he was
released in December 1991.
Ten years ago:
South African President F.W. de Klerk announced
that exiled African National Congress leaders
would be allowed to return home for talks with
the white-led government.
Five years ago:
House Republicans pushed through $17 billion in
spending cuts, prompting a veto threat by the
White House. NASA astronaut Norman Thagard was
welcomed aboard the Russian space station
"Mir" space station as the first
American to visit the orbiting outpost.
One year ago: The
Dow Jones industrial average briefly topped the
ten-thousand level, reaching a high of 10,001.78
before retreating. The entire 20-member European
Commission resigned following publication of a
critical report on sloppy management and
cronyism. The Nebraska Cornhuskers beat Chicago
State 50-to-3 in an NCAA baseball game.
"No man, for any
considerable period, can wear one face to
himself, and another to the multitude, without
finally getting bewildered as to which may be the
From "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel
Hawthorne, American author (1804-1864).