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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Analysts believe that a nuclear meltdown may be occurring at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant disabled by the Japanese earthquake with a state of emergency declared at five plants. //www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/12/us-japan-quake-nuclear-us-analysis-idUSTRE72B04C20110312 (Reuters), //www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42044156/ns/world_news-asia-pacific/ (AP via MSNBC), //www.smh.com.au/world/nuclear-plant-blast-appears-to-have-caused-meltdown-20110313-1bsmk.html (Stratfor via "Sydney Morning Herald")

Thursday, March 12, 2009

An American drone aircraft's missiles kill at least 12 people in Pakistan's Kurram Valley. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7940921.stm (BBC)
American businessman Bernard Madoff pleads guilty to 11 charges surrounding his US$65-billion Ponzi scheme. //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7939847.stm (BBC)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Israeli commandos kill four militants on the West Bank including three members of the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine. //www.reuters.com/article/featuredCrisis/idUSL12784717 (Reuters)

Friday, March 12, 2004

Following the terrorist attacks in Madrid the previous day, millions of protesters against terrorism take to the streets of Spanish cities.
Two suicide bombers kill 11 Israeli civilians in Ashdod, Israel.
Spanish legislative election, 2004: The incumbent government led by José María Aznar is defeated by the Socialist José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

The European Court of Human Rights rules that the Turkish trial of Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan was not fair.

Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Israel ground troops invade the West Bank and Gaza Strip in her largest offensive since the 1982 invasion of Lebanon. Dozens of tanks occupy Ramallah. Thirty-seven total dead so far, Israeli and Palestinian.
125 vehicles are involved in a massive pile up on Interstate 75 in Ringgold, Georgia.
In Houston, Texas, Andrea Yates is found guilty of drowning her 5 children on June 20, 2001. She is later sentenced to life in prison.
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament established.
Portugal holds parliamentary elections.

Sunday, March 12, 2000

Pope John Paul II apologizes for the wrongdoings by members of the Roman Catholic Church throughout the ages.
Pope John Paul II begins the first official visit by a Roman Catholicpontiff to Israel.
The U.S. Supreme Court rules the FDA lacks authority to regulate tobacco as an addictivedrug, throwing out the Clinton Administration's main anti-smoking initiative

Friday, March 12, 1999

Thursday, March 12, 1992

Mauritius becomes a republic while remaining a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Monday, March 12, 1990

Cold War: Soviet soldiers begin leaving Hungary under terms of an agreement to withdraw all Soviet troops by June 1.
Patricio Aylwin is sworn in as the first democratically elected Chilean president since 1970.

Saturday, March 12, 1977

The Centenary Test between Australia and England begins at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Monday, March 12, 1973

Elizabeth II opens the modern London Bridge.
March 12 - Last episode of original Laugh-In airs on NBC. The show would continue with re-runs until May 14, 1973.
Many of the few remaining United States soldiers begin to leave Vietnam. One reunion of a former POW with his family is immortalized in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph "Burst of Joy".

Friday, March 12, 1971

Hafez al-Assad becomes president of Syria.
March 13 ndash The Allman Brothers Band plays their legendary concert at the Fillmore East.

Thursday, March 12, 1970

Teenagers in the United Kingdom vote for the first time, in a by-election in Bridgwater.

Saturday, March 12, 1966

Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks sets the NHL single season scoring record against the New York Rangers, with his 51st goal.

Thursday, March 12, 1964

Malcolm X leaves the Nation of Islam.

Friday, March 12, 1954

Finland and Germany officially end their state of war.

Monday, March 12, 1951

Hank Ketcham's best-selling comic strip "Dennis the Menace", appeared in newspapers across the U.S. for the first time.
The 23rd Academy Awards ceremony is held All About Eve wins Best Picture and 4 others.
West Germany joins UNESCO.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I" opens on Broadway and runs for 3 years. It's the first Rodgers Hammerstein musical specifically written for an actress (Gertrude Lawrence). Lawrence is stricken with cancer during the run of the show and dies halfway through its run a year later. The show makes a star of Yul Brynner.
Korean War: For the second time, United Nations troops recapture Seoul during Operation Ripper.
Second Red Scare: Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. On April 5 they are sentenced to receive the death penalty.

Sunday, March 12, 1950

A plane carrying returning rugby fans from Ireland to Wales crashes near Llandow, with the loss of 80 lives.
March 13 ndash In Belgium, the referendum over the monarchy shows 57.7% support the return of King Léopold III, 42.3% against.

Wednesday, March 12, 1947

The Truman Doctrine is proclaimed to help stem the spread of Communism.

Monday, March 12, 1945

Swinemünde is destroyed by the USAAF killing an estimated 8,000 to 23,000 civilians, mostly refugees saved by Operation Hannibal

Sunday, March 12, 1944

WWII: The National Council of the French Resistance approves the Resistance programme.
WWII: Battle of Monte Cassino: Allied aircraft bomb German-held monastery and stage an assault.
WWII: The Political Committee of National Liberation is created in Greece.
In Sweden, the law of 1864 that criminalizes homosexuality is abolished.

Tuesday, March 12, 1940

The Soviet Union and Finland sign a peace treaty in Moscow ending the Winter War Finns, along with the world at large, are shocked by the harsh terms.

Saturday, March 12, 1938

"Anschluss:" German troops occupy Austria annexation is declared the following day.

Monday, March 12, 1934

Konstantin Päts and general Johan Laidoner stage a coup in Estonia, and ban all political parties.

Sunday, March 12, 1933

Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss keeps members of the National Council from convening, starting the Austrofascist dictatorship.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rises from 53.84 to 62.10. The day's gain of 15.34%, achieved during the depths of the Great Depression, remains to date as the largest 1-day percentage gain for the index.
Great Depression: Franklin Delano Roosevelt addresses the nation for the first time as President of the United States, in the first of his Fireside Chats.

Wednesday, March 12, 1930

Mahatma Gandhi sets off on a 200-mile protest march towards the sea with 78 followers to protest the British monopoly on sa more will join them during the Salt March that ends on April 5.

Tuesday, March 12, 1918

Moscow becomes the capital of Soviet Russia.

Monday, March 12, 1917

The Duma declares a Provisional Government.

Wednesday, March 12, 1913

Australia begins building the new federal capital of Canberra.

Thursday, March 12, 1903

The University of Puerto Rico is founded.

Monday, March 12, 1894

For the first time, "Coca-Cola" is sold in bottles.

Saturday, March 12, 1881

Andrew Watson makes his Scotland debut as the world's first black international football player.

Wednesday, March 12, 1879

Anglo-Zulu War ndash Battle of Intombe: A British force over one-hundred strong is ambushed and destroyed by Zulu forces.

Thursday, March 12, 1868

Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Duke of Edinburgh, is shot in the back in Sydney, Australia, at a fund raising event for the Sydney Sailors Home by Irishman Henry James O'Farrell. The prince survives and quickly recovers, O'Farrell is executed on 21 April 1868 despite attempts by the prince to gain clemency for him.

Monday, March 12, 1860

US Congress accepted the Pre-emption Bill. It provided free land in West for colonists.

Thursday, March 12, 1857

Tuesday, March 12, 1844

The Columbus and Xenia Railroad, the first railroad planned to be built in Ohio, is chartered.

Friday, March 12, 1841

under the command of the legendary captain Richard Roberts founders in rough seas with all passengers and crew lost.

Friday, March 12, 1830

"Craig vs. Missouri": The United States Supreme Court rules that state loan certificates are unconstitutional because they were bills of credit emitted by a state in violation of Article I, Section 10 of the Constitution.

Saturday, March 12, 1814

Louis-Antoine, Duke of Angoulême enters Bordeaux, marking the restoration of the Bourbon dynasty.

Tuesday, March 12, 1771

The North Carolina General Assembly establishes Wake County (named for Margaret Wake, the wife of North Carolina Royal Governor William Tryon) from portions of Cumberland, Johnston and Orange counties. Bloomsbury (later known as Wake Courthouse) is made the informal county seat.

Friday, March 12, 1734

Salzburgers arrive at the mouth of the Savannah River, in the British Colony of Georgia.

Thursday, March 12, 1654

13 ndash The Treaty of Pereyaslav is concluded in the city of Pereyaslav during the meeting between the Cossacks of the Zaporozhian Host and Tsar Alexey I of Russia, following the end to the Khmelnytsky Uprising in Ukraine, which had started in 164 and had resulted in the massacre of an estimated 100,000 Jews.

Friday, March 12, 1610

Swedish troops under Jacob de la Gardie take Moscow.

Thursday, March 12, 1609

Bermuda becomes an English colony.
March ndash Twelve Years\\\\' Truce: The Netherlands and Spain agree to a 12-year ceasefire (1609–1621) in the Eighty Years' War.
March ndash Twelve Years' Truce: The Netherlands and Spain agree to a 12-year ceasefire (1609–1621) in the Eighty Years' War.

Friday, March 12, 1599

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, is appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland by Queen Elizabeth I of England.

Friday, March 2, 1537 (Julianian calendar)

Recife is founded by the Portuguese in Brazil.

Thursday, March 2, 1514 (Julianian calendar)

March ndash Louis XII of France makes peace with EmperorMaximilian.
A huge exotic embassy sent by King Manuel I of Portugal to Pope Leo X defiles in Rome.

Saturday, March 3, 1470 (Julianian calendar)

Saturday, March 3, 1403 (Julianian calendar)

As King Martin I of Aragon helps to end the siege by the French of the papal palace in Avignon, Antipope Benedict XIII flees to Aragon.
April ndash Balša III succeeds his father Đurađ II as ruler of the Principality of Zeta (now the Republic of Montenegro).
Before July 21 ndash Henry \'Hotspur\' Percy forms an alliance with Welsh rebel Owain Glyndŵr.
Before July 21 ndash Henry 'Hotspur' Percy forms an alliance with Welsh rebel Owain Glyndŵr.

Friday, March 4, 1345 (Julianian calendar)

The Miracle of the Host occurs (as commemorated in Amsterdam).

Sunday, March 5, 1144 (Julianian calendar)

Pope Lucius II succeeds Pope Celestine II as the 166th pope.

Monday, March 6, 1088 (Julianian calendar)

Pope Urban II succeeds Pope Victor III as the 159th pope.
Work begins on the third and largest church at Cluny.

Wednesday, March 10, 538 (Julianian calendar)

The Kofun era ends and the Asuka period, the second part of the Yamato period in Japan, begins.
Arthur, war leader of the Britons, is mortally wounded at the Battle of Camlann. According to legend he is carried to Avalon where he dies.
Buddhism is introduced formally into Japan (by some accounts see also 552).
The Persians led by Khosrau I sack the city of Antioch.
Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths, ends his siege of Rome, leaving the city in the hands of the victorious Byzantine general Belisarius. The king lays siege to the city of Rimini but is forced to end the siege and retreat to Ravenna.
The Third Council of Orléans takes place and prohibits rural labor on Sunday.

Sunday, March 11, 417 (Julianian calendar)

Innocent I dies after a 16-year reign in which he has restored relations between the sees of Rome and Antioch, enforced celibacy of the clergy, and maintained the right of the bishop of Rome to judge appeals from other churches. Innocent is succeeded by Zosimus as the 41st pope.
Source: Wikipedia