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On March 29th, 1943, World War Two meat, butter
and cheese rationing began.
On this date:
In 1638, Swedish colonists settled in present-day
In 1790, the tenth
president of the United States, John Tyler, was
born in Charles City County, Virginia.
victorious forces led by General Winfield Scott
occupied the city of Vera Cruz after Mexican
In 1867, the
British Parliament passed the North America Act
to create the Dominion of Canada.
In 1882, the
Knights of Columbus was chartered in Connecticut.
In 1951, Julius
and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to
commit espionage. (They were executed in June
In 1962, Jack Paar
hosted NBC's "Tonight" show for the
In 1971, Army
Lieutenant William L. Calley Junior was convicted
of murdering at least 22 Vietnamese civilians in
the My Lai massacre. (Calley ended up spending
three years under house arrest.)
In 1971, a jury in
Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for
Charles Manson and three female followers for the
1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. (The sentences were
In 1974, eight
Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on charges
stemming from the shooting deaths of four
students at Kent State University. (The guardsmen
were later acquitted.)
Ten years ago:
President Bush, addressing the National
Leadership Coalition on AIDS, declared his
administration "on a wartime footing"
against the disease, and called for compassion,
not discrimination, toward those infected with
Five years ago:
The House of Representatives rejected,
227-to-204, a constitutional amendment placing
term limits on lawmakers. (The rejected proposal
would have limited terms to 12 years in the House
One year ago: NATO
air strikes against Yugoslavia continued for a
sixth night. The Dow Jones industrial average
closed above 10,000 for the first time, ending
the day at 10,006.78. Connecticut beat top-ranked
Duke, 77-to-74, for its first NCAA basketball
championship. Legendary jazz singer Joe Williams
died in Las Vegas at age 80.
madmen never have doubts."
G.K. Chesterton, English author (1874-1936).