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On March 23rd, 1775, Patrick Henry
made his famous call for America's independence
from Britain, telling the Virginia Provincial
Convention, "Give me liberty, or give me
On this date:
In 1743, George Frideric Handel's oratorio
"Messiah" had its London premiere.
In 1792, Joseph
Haydn's Symphony No. 94 in G Major (the
"Surprise" symphony) was performed
publicly for the first time, in London.
In 1806, explorers
Lewis and Clark, having reached the Pacific
coast, began their journey back east.
Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist
political movement in Milan, Italy.
In 1933, the
German Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act, which
effectively granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial
In 1942, during
World War Two, the US government began evacuating
Japanese-Americans from their West Coast homes to
In 1950, at the
Academy Awards, "All the King's Men"
won best picture of 1949; its star, Broderick
Crawford, won best actor. Olivia de Havilland won
best actress for "The Heiress."
In 1956, Pakistan
became an independent republic within the British
In 1965, America's
first two-person space flight began as Gemini
Three blasted off from Cape Kennedy with
astronauts Virgil I. Grissom and John W. Young
In 1983, Dr.
Barney Clark, recipient of a permanent artificial
heart, died at the University of Utah Medical
Center after 112 days with the device.
Ten years ago:
Former "Exxon Valdez" Captain Joseph
Hazelwood was sentenced by a judge in Anchorage,
Alaska, to help clean up Prince William Sound and
pay 50-thousand dollars in restitution for his
role in the 1989 oil spill.
Five years ago:
Secretary of State Warren Christopher met with
Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev in
Geneva; afterward, Kozyrev said the US-Russia
"honeymoon has come to an end,"
referring to disagreements over Chechnya and
nuclear sales to Iran.
One year ago: NATO
Secretary-General Javier Solana gave the formal
go-ahead for airstrikes against Serbian targets
following the failure of Kosovo peace talks.
"A conscience which
has been bought once will be bought twice."
Norbert Wiener, American mathematician