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This Day In History: March 12

Today is the 72nd day of 2008 and the 82nd day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1930, Mahatma Gandhi began a 200-mile march protesting British salt tax. In 1947, President Truman introduced the "Truman Doctrine" aimed at fighting communism. In 2002, the UN Security Council approved a resolution endorsing a Palestinian state.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Elaine de Kooning (1920-89), artist/critic; Jack Kerouac (1922-69), writer; Liza Minnelli (1946- ), actress, is 62; James Taylor (1948- ), singer/songwriter, is 60; Carl Hiaasen (1953- ), author, is 55; Darryl Strawberry (1962- ), baseball player, is 46.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1966, the NHL's Bobby Hull scored his 51st goal, becoming the first player to surpass 50 in a season.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion." - Mahatma Gandhi

TODAY'S FACT: Bobby Hull was in his ninth NHL season when he surpassed the 50-goal mark. His son, Brett, did it in his fourth full season.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 3 - number of weeks it took Jack Kerouac to write On the Road.

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (March 7) and first quarter (March 14)

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