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This Day In History: March 1

Today is the 61st day of 2008 and the 71st day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1781, the Articles of Confederation were officially adopted. In 1932, the infant son of aviator Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped from the family home in New Jersey; he was later found dead. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps. In 2003, Pakistani counter-terrorism officials seized Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a principal planner of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. In 2005, the U.S Supreme Court ruled that the execution of convicts who had committed their crimes before the age of 18 was unconstitutional.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Glenn Miller (1904-44), bandleader; Ralph Ellison (1914-94), writer; Dinah Shore (1917-94), singer/TV host; Yitzhak Rabin (1922-95), prime minister of Israel; Harry Belafonte (1927- ), musician/actor, is 81; Roger Daltrey (1944- ), musician, is 64; Ron Howard (1954- ), actor/director, is 54.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1969, Major League Baseball star Mickey Mantle announced his retirement.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "You can cage the singer, but not the song." - Harry Belafonte

TODAY'S FACT: Following the sensational Lindbergh baby kidnapping, in June 1932 Congress passed the so-called Lindbergh Law, which gave the FBI jurisdiction over kidnappings that crossed state lines.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 190,000 - number of Peace Corps volunteers invited to 139 countries since its inception in 1961.

TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (February 28) and new moon (March 7).


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