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    Today in History - 13 March

    1639 – Harvard College is named for clergyman John Harvard

    1845 – German composer Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, one of the most popular and most frequently performed violin concertos of all time, was first played in Leipzig

    1930 – The news of the discovery of Pluto is telegraphed to the Harvard College Observatory
    1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 9 returns safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module

    2003 – Human evolution: The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy


    1900 - George Seferis, Greek Nobel Prize-winning poet, essayist and diplomat
    1907 – Mircea Eliade, Romanian historian of religions and writer
    1913 – Sergey Mikhalkov, Russian writer

    1939 - Neil Sedaka, American singer, songwriter
    1943 – André Téchiné, French film director and screenwriter

    1960 – Adam Clayton, Irish bassist (U2)

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/12/2012 4:15:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 12 March

    1912 – Juliette Gordon Low (pictured) founded a youth organization for girls that grew into the Girl Scouts of the USA

    1918 – Moscow becomes the capital of Russia again after Saint Petersburg held this status for 215 years
    1921 – Istiklal Marsi was adopted in TBMM (Turkish grand national assembly)
    1930 – Mahatma Gandhi leads a 200-mile march, known as the Salt March, to the sea in defiance of British opposition, to protest the British monopoly on salt

    1951- The cartoon Dennis the Menace by Hank Ketcham made its syndicated debut in 16 newspapers
    1968 – Mauritius achieves independence
    1987 - The musical Les Miserables opened on Broadway

    2011 – A reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant melts and explodes and releases radioactivity into the atmosphere a day after Japan's earthquake

    Today's Holidays and Observances

    - Arbor Day (China and Taiwan)
    - World Day Against Cyber Censorship (requested by Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International in 2009)


    1881 – Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, first President of Turkey
    1889 – Vaslav Nijinsky, Russian ballet dancer

    1923 – Clara Fraser, American feminist and activist
    1940 – Al Jarreau, R&B, jazz singer
    1946 – Liza Minnelli, Singer, actress, turns 66
    1952 – Naomi Shihab Nye, American poet, songwriter, and novelist
    1970 – Dave Eggers, American writer, editor, and publisher

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/9/2012 2:01:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 9 March

    1796 - Napoleon Bonaparte married Josephine de Beauharnais
    1842 – Giuseppe Verdi's third opera, Nabucco, receives its première performance in Milan; its success establishes Verdi as one of Italy's foremost opera writers

    1959 – The Barbie doll makes its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York

    2010 – The first same-sex marriages in Washington, D.C., take place

    Today's Holidays and Observances

    - Teacher's Day or Eid Al Moalim - Lebanon


    1454 – Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer and cartographer
    1839 - Modest Mussorgsky, Russian composer
    1934 – Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut and the first human in space

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/8/2012 2:33:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 8 March

    1010 – Ferdowsi completes his epic poem Shahnameh
    1618 – Johannes Kepler discovers the third law of planetary motion

    1910 – French aviatrix Raymonde de Laroche becomes the first woman to receive a pilot's license

    1920 – The Arab Kingdom of Syria, the first modern Arab state to come into existence, is established

    1978 – The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4

    Today's Holidays and Observances

    - International Women's Day or Mother's Day
    - Revolution Day - Syria


    1859 - Kenneth Grahame, English author
    1931 - John McPhee, American writer and professor

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/7/2012 1:32:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 7 March

    1876 – Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for an invention he calls the telephone

    1923 - Robert Frost's poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening was published

    1985 – The song We Are the World has its international release
    2009 – The Kepler space observatory, designed to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars, is launched
    2010 - Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win an Academy Award for best director (The Hurt Locker)

    Today's Holidays and Observances

    - Teacher's Day - Albania


    1875 - Maurice Ravel, French composer
    1909 – Léo Malet, French writer
    1936 – Georges Perec, French novelist
    1957 - Robert Harris, English TV reporter, journalist, novelist
    1964 – Bret Easton Ellis, American writer

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/6/2012 2:49:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 6 March

    1853 – Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata premiered at Venice's La Fenice, but the performance was so bad that it caused the Italian composer to revise portions of the opera

    1899 – Bayer registers aspirin as a trademark

    1912 - Oreo sandwich cookies were first introduced by the National Biscuit Co., which later became Nabisco

    Today's Holidays and Observances

    - Foundation Day - Territory of Norfolk Island
    - Independence Day - Ghana


    1475 - Michelangelo, Italian sculptor, painter and architect
    1619 – Cyrano de Bergerac, French soldier, poet
    1806 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, British poet
    1844 - Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian composer and editor

    1926 – Alan Greenspan, American economist
    1926 – Andrzej Wajda, Polish film director
    1927 – Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian writer, Nobel Prize laureate
    1946 – David Gilmour, British musician (Pink Floyd)
    1972 - Shaquille O'Neal, basketball player

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/5/2012 2:05:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 5 March

    1868 – Mefistofele, an opera by Arrigo Boito receives its première performance at La Scala

    1931 – The British Viceroy of India, Governor-General Edward Frederick Lindley Wood and Mohandas Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) sign an agreement envisaging the release of political prisoners and allowing salt to be freely used by the poorest members of the population

    1960 – Cuban photographer Alberto Korda took his iconic photograph of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara
    1970 – The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty goes into effect after ratification by 43 nations
    1979 – America's Voyager 1 spacecraft has its closest approach to Jupiter,172,000 miles
    1982 - Comedian John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose at age 33

    Today's Holidays and observances

    - National Tree Planting Day - Iran
    - Learn from Lei Feng Day - China


    1871 – Rosa Luxemburg, Socialist revolutionary
    1910 – Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese inventor of instant noodles and cup noodles
    1918 – James Tobin, American economist, Nobel laureate
    1922 – Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italian writer and film director

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/3/2012 2:01:00 AM) Post reply

    Today in History - 3 March

    1802 - Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata was published
    1875 – Georges Bizet's opera Carmen receives its première at the Opéra Comique in Paris

    1918 – Germany, Austria and Russia sign the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk ending Russia's involvement in World War I, and leading to the independence of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland

    1923 – TIME magazine is published for the first time
    1931 – The United States adopts The Star-Spangled Banner as its national anthem
    1938 – Oil is discovered in Saudi Arabia
    1969 – Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 9 to test the lunar module

    2005 – Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling

    Holidays and Observances

    - National Anthem Day - United States of America
    - Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival) or Girl's Day - Japan
    - Liberation Day - Bulgaria
    - Mother's Day - Georgia
    - Sportsmen's Day - Egypt


    1847 - Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell
    1868 - Émile Chartier, French philosopher and journalist
    1940 – Germán Castro Caycedo, Colombian writer and journalist
    1948 – Snowy White, British guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd)

  • Poemhunter Moderator (3/2/2012 2:10:00 AM) Post reply

    March 2

    1919 – The first Communist International meets in Moscow
    1933 – The film King Kong opens at New York's Radio City Music Hall
    1953 – The Academy Awards are first broadcast on television by NBC
    1956 – Morocco gains its independence from France

    1989 – Twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century

    1998 – Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice

  • Poemhunter Moderator (2/27/2012 2:11:00 AM) Post reply

    February 27 - On this day in history, (1940) American biochemists Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discovered the radioactive isotope carbon-14, which today is used extensively as the basis of the radiocarbon dating method to date archaeological, geological, and hydrogeological samples.

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