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This Day In History: Mar. 22

This Day in History

1622: Indians attack the English colony in Jamestown , VA, and 350 colonists (of about 2000) die.
1765: England's Parliament enacts the Stamp Act, requiring revenue stamps to help fund royal troops stationed in the American colonies.
1947: The Loyalty Program is established by executive order, requiring security clearance for all executive-branch employees.
1960: Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes receive the first patent for a laser.
1972: The Senate approves the Equal Rights Amendment and sends it to the states for ratification.
1995: Russian cosmonaut Valery Polyakov returns to Earth from Mir after a record 439 days in space.
2004: Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin is killed by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza.

Today's Birthdays

1846: Randolph Caldecott, author/illustrator (Britain; died 1886)
1912: Karl Malden, actor (Chicago, IL)
1919: Werner Klemperer, actor (Cologne, Germany; died 2000)
1921: Nino Manfredi, Italian comic film star (Castro dei Volsci, Italy; died 2004)
1923: Marcel Marceau, mime (Strasbourg, France)
1930: Pat Robertson, religious broadcasting executive (Lexington, VA). Stephen Sondheim, composer/lyricist (New York, NY)
1931: William Shatner, actor (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
1934: Orrin Hatch, senator (Homestead Park, PA)
1943: George Benson, singer/musician (Pittsburgh, PA)
1948: Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer (London, England)
1952: Bob Costas, sportscaster (New York, NY)
1959: Matthew Modine, actor (Loma Linda, CA)
1960: Jennifer Gray, actress (New York, NY)
1976: Reese Witherspoon, actress (Baton Rouge, LA)
1983: Keira Knightley, actress (London, England)

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