Monday, March 12, 2012

12th of March

Today is the 71st day of the year, with only 294 days remaining until the new year.

1622 - Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier, founders of the Jesuits, are canonized as saints by the Catholic Church.

1918 - Moscow becomes the capital of Russia again after Saint Petersburg held this status for 215 years.

1930 - Mahatma Ghandi 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.

1933 - Franklin D. Roosevelt addresses the nation for the first time as President.  This is also his first "fireside chat."

1938 - German troops occupy the nearby land of Austria.

1947 - The Truman Doctrine is proclaimed, in order to help stem the spread of Communism.

1964 - The state of New Hampshire becomes the first U.S. state to legally sell lottery tickets in the 20th century.

1993 - Snow begins to fall across the eastern portion of the US with tornadoes, thunder snow storms, high winds, and record low temperatures.  The storm lasts for nearly 30 hours.

1999 - Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland join NATO.

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