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On March 22nd, 1765, Britain
enacted the Stamp Act to raise money from the
American colonies. (The Act was repealed the
On this date:
In 1638, religious dissident Anne Hutchinson was
expelled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
In 1820, US naval
hero Stephen Decatur was killed in a duel with
Commodore James Barron near Washington DC.
In 1882, Congress
In 1894, hockey's
first Stanley Cup championship game was played;
the home team Montreal Amateur Athletic
Association defeated the Ottawa Capitals, 3-to-1.
In 1895, Auguste
and Louis Lumiere showed their first movie to an
invited audience in Paris.
In 1933, during
Prohibition, President Roosevelt signed
a measure to make wine and beer containing up to
3.2 percent alcohol legal.
In 1945, the Arab
League was formed with the adoption of a charter
in Cairo, Egypt.
In 1946, the
British mandate in Transjordan came to an end.
In 1972, Congress
sent the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the
Constitution to the states for ratification. (It
fell three states short of the 38 needed for
In 1978, Karl
Wallenda, the 73-year-old patriarch of "The
Flying Wallendas" high-wire act, fell to his
death while attempting to walk a cable strung
between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Ten years ago: A
jury in Anchorage, Alaska, found former tanker
captain Joseph Hazelwood innocent of three major
charges in connection with the "Exxon
Valdez" oil spill, but convicted him of a
minor charge of negligent discharge of oil.
Five years ago:
Shouting erupted in the US House of
Representatives as Democrats bitterly accused
majority Republicans of trying to ram through a
mean-spirited welfare overhaul bill. Convicted
Long Island Rail Road gunman Colin Ferguson was
sentenced to life in prison for killing six
One year ago:
Acting as his own lawyer, Dr. Jack Kevorkian went
on trial on murder charges for the first time,
telling a jury in Pontiac, Michigan, he was
merely carrying out his professional duty in a
videotaped assisted death shown on "60
Minutes." (Kevorkian was convicted of
"All that is not
eternal is eternally out of date."
C.S. Lewis, British author (1898-1963).