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This Day In History: Mar. 14

This Day in History

1794: Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin.
1900: Congress adopts the Currency Act, making gold the standard of U.S. currency.
1951: In the Korean War , UN troops recapture Seoul, which had fallen to the Chinese.
1964: Jack Ruby is found guilty of killing alleged John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
2002: Disgraced energy-trading company Enron suffers another blow as its accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, is indicted for destroying thousands of documents related to Enron's collapse.
2004: Russian president Vladimir Putin is elected to a 2nd term.

Today's Birthdays

1864: Casey Jones, railroad engineer and hero of the ballad (near Cayce, KY; died 1900)
1879: Albert Einstein, physicist (Ulm, Germany; died 1955)
1916: Horton Foote, playwright (Wharton, TX)
1920: Hank Ketcham, cartoonist and creator of Dennis the Menace (Seattle, WA; died 2001)
1923: Diane Arbus, photographer (New York, NY; died 1971)
1928: Frank Borman, astronaut/airline exectuive (Gary, IN). Michael Caine, actor (London, England)
1933: Quincy Jones, composer/record producer (Chicago, IL). Rita Tushingham, actress (Liverpool, England)
1947: Billy Crystal, actor/comedian (Long Beach, NY)
1951: Rick Dees, radio personality/comedian (Jacksonville, FL)
1961: Kirby Puckett, baseball player (Chicago, IL)
1965: Kevin Brown, baseball player (Milledgeville, GA)
1969: Larry Johnson, basketball player (Tyler, TX)
1979: Chris Klein, actor (Hinsdale, IL)


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