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This Day In History: Mar. 12

This Day in History

1912: The American Girl Guides, later renamed the Girl Scouts, are founded by Juliette Low in Savannah, GA.
1930: Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi announces that he will lead a mass campaign of civil disobedience against the British colonial government by challenging the salt monopoly.
1933: Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his first radio "fireside chat." German troops enter Austria, which is soon annexed.
1947: Creating the Truman Doctrine, Pres. Harry S. Truman asks Congress to aid Greece and Turkey to combat Communists terrorism.
1956: Massive resistance to the Supreme Court desegregation rulings are called for by 101 Southern congressmen.
1968: Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, becomes an independent country.
1993: Janet Reno becomes the first woman attorney general.
2002: The U.S. military declares victory in ""Operation Anaconda"" in Afghanistan , in which 8 U.S. troops had been killed since Mar. 2 fighting al-Qaeda and Taliban troops in Sha-i-Kot valley and surrounding mountains of Afghanistan.
2003: Elizabeth Smart, 15, who had been abducted from her home in Salt Lake City, Utah in June 2002, is found alive. Serbian Premier Zoran Djindjic is assassinated.

Today's Birthdays

1881: Kemal Ataturk, Turkish leader (Salonika, Greece; died 1938)
1890: Vaslav Nijinsky, ballet dancer (Russia; died 1950)
1922: Jack Kerouac, poet/novelist (Lowell, MA; died 1969)
1923: Wally Schirra, astronaut (Hackensack, NJ)
1928: Edward Albee, playwright (Washington, D.C.)
1932: Andrew Young, politician/civil rights leader (New Orleans, LA)
1940: Al Jarreau, singer/songwriter (Milwaukee, WI)
1941: Barbara Feldon, actress (Pittsburgh, PA)
1945: Salvatore ""Sammy the Bull"" Gravano, mobster (Brooklyn, NY)
1946: Liza Mineelli, singer/actress (Los Angeles, CA)
1948: James Taylor, singer/songwriter (Boston, MA)
1953: Carl Hiaasen, author/journalist (Plantation, FL)
1956: Dale Murphy, baseball player (Portland, OR)
1960: Courtney B. Vance, actor (Detroit, MI)
1962: Darryl Strawberry, baseball player (Los Angeles, CA)
1968: Aaron Eckhart, actor (Santa Clara County, CA)


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