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This Day In History: Mar. 7

This Day in History

1792: In the French Revolution, France's National Assembly adopts the guillotine as a method of execution.
1918: Pres. Woodrow Wilson authorizes the creation of a new award, the distinguished service medal, for Army personnel.
1933: Parker Brothers begins marketing the Monopoly game.
1945: U.S. Army troops cross the Rhine for the first time during World War II near Remagen, Germany.
1965: Hundreds of marchers for voting rights en route from Selma, AL, to Montgomery are turned back by some 200 sheriff's deputies and state troopers using teargas, nightsticks and whips, on what will become known as "Bloody Sunday."
1989: An international conference in London on stratospheric ozone calls for an accelerated phaseout of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC's).
2000: In a flurry of primaries, Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Vice Pres. Al Gore lock up the 2000 Republican and Democratic presidential nominations respectively.
2002: Hundreds are confirmed dead after several days of Muslim-Hindu riots and violence in the Indian state of Gujarat.

Today's Birthdays

1872: Piet Mondrian, painter (Netherlands; died 1944)
1875: Maurice Ravel, composer (France; died 1937)
1908: Anna Magnani, actress (Italy; died 1973)
1930: Anthony Armstrong-Jones (Lord Snowdon), photographer and former husband of England's Princess Margaret (London, England)
1934: Willard Scott, weatherman/TV personality (Alexandria, VA)
1938: Janet Guthrie, auto racer (Iowa City, IA)
1940: Daniel J. Travanti, actor (Kenosha, WI)
1942: Michael Eisner, Disney, Co. executive (New York, NY)
1945: John Heard, actor (Washington, D.C.)
1950: Franco Harris, football player (Fort Dix, NJ)
1960: Ivan Lendl, tennis champion (Ostrava, Czechoslovakia)
1971: Rachel Weisz, actress (London, England)
1980: Laura Prepon, actress (Watchung, NJ)

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