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This Day In History: March 19

Today is the 79th day of 2008 and the 89th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1918, the U.S. Congress established time zones and approved daylight saving time. In 1931, Nevada legalized most forms of gambling. In 1953, the Academy Awards were broadcast on TV for the first time. In 2003, a U.S.-led coalition began bombing Baghdad, marking the beginning of the Iraq War.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: David Livingstone (1813-73), physician/explorer; Wyatt Earp (1848-1929), lawman/gunfighter; Earl Warren (1891-1974), U.S. Supreme Court chief justice; Joe Venuti (1894-1978), jazz violinist; Glenn Close (1947- ), actress, is 61; Bruce Willis (1955- ), actor, is 53.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1995, NBA superstar Michael Jordan returned to the Chicago Bulls after almost 2 years of retirement.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Life and liberty can be as much endangered from illegal methods used to convict those thought to be criminals as from the actual criminals themselves." - Earl Warren

TODAY'S FACT: The films Ben-Hur, Titanic, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King all share the honor of receiving the most Oscars, at 11 each.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 32,292 - total points Michael Jordan scored in his career, third best in the NBA.

TODAY'S MOON: Between first quarter (March 14) and full moon (March 21).


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