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Today in History, March 29, 2008
Submitted by Doratea on Sat, 03/29/2008 - 19:05.
Today is Saturday, March 29, the 89th day of 2008. There are 277
Today's Highlight in History:
On March 29, 1973, the last U.S. combat troops left South Vietnam, ending America's direct military involvement in the Vietnam War.
On this date:
In 1638, Swedish colonists settled in present-day Delaware.
In 1790, John Tyler, the 10th president of the United States, was born in Charles City County, Va.
In 1847, victorious forces led by Gen. Winfield Scott occupied the city of Veracruz after Mexican defenders capitulated.
In 1867, Britain's Parliament passed the British North America Act (later known as the Constitution Act) to create the Dominion of Canada.
In 1882, the Knights of Columbus was chartered in Connecticut.
In 1943, World War II rationing of meat, fats and cheese began.
In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. (They were executed in June 1953.)
In 1962, Jack Paar hosted NBC's "Tonight" show for the final time.
In 1971, Army Lt. William L. Calley Jr. was convicted of murdering
In 1974, eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on federal charges stemming from the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University. (The charges were later dismissed.)
Ten years ago: Twenty-two people were killed when a Russian-made
Five years ago: In Iraq,
One year ago: A defiant, Democratic-controlled Senate approved
Today's Birthdays: Political commentator John McLaughlin is 81. Author Judith Guest is 72. Former British Prime Minister Sir John Major is 65. Comedian Eric Idle is 65. Composer Vangelis is 65. Singer Bobby Kimball (Toto) is 61. Actor Christopher Lawford is 53. Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas is 52. Actor Christopher Lambert is 51. Rock singer Perry Farrell (Porno for Pyros; Jane's Addiction) is 49. Comedian-actress Amy Sedaris is 47. Model Elle Macpherson is 45. Rock singer-musician John Popper (Blues Traveler) is 41. Actress Lucy Lawless is 40. Country singer Regina Leigh (Regina Regina) is 40. Country singer Brady Seals is 39. Tennis player Jennifer Capriati is 32. Pop singer Kelly Sweet is 20.
Thought for Today: "Materialists and madmen never have doubts." — G.K. Chesterton, English author (1874-1936).
Originally published by the AP.
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