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This Day In History: March 7

Today is the 67th day of 2008 and the 77th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1912, Roald Amundsen publicly announced his successful arrival at the South Pole. In 1936, Adolf Hitler defied the Treaty of Versailles and ordered German soldiers to reoccupy the Rhineland. In 1965, state troopers attacked 600 civil rights protesters on "Bloody Sunday" in Selma, Alabama.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: John Herschel (1792-1871), mathematician/astronomer; Luther Burbank (1849-1926), naturalist; Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), composer; Willard Scott (1934- ), TV personality, is 74; Ivan Lendl (1960- ), tennis player, is 48; Peter Sarsgaard (1971- ), actor, is 37; Rachel Weisz (1971- ), actress, is 37.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1996, Magic Johnson became the second player in NBA history to reach 10,000 career assists.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding." - Marshall McLuhan

TODAY'S FACT: In addition to being the first to reach the South Pole, Roald Amundsen was also the first to sail the Northwest Passage and the first to complete a Transarctic flight.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 73,674 - estimated number of Americans 100 years old or older in 2006.

TODAY'S MOON: New moon (March 7).


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