Thursday, March 22, 2012

22nd of March

It is the 81st day of the year, with only 284 days remaining until the end of the year.

1621 - The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony sign a peace treaty with Massasoit of the Wampanoags.

1622 - Known as the Jamestown Massacre, Algonquian Indians kill 347 English settlers, a third of the colony's population.

1630 - The Massachusetts Bay Colony outlaws the possession of cards, dice, and gaming tables.

1638 - Anne Hutchinson is expelled from Massachusetts Bay Colony for religious dissent.

1765 - The British Parliament passes the Stamp Act that introduces a tax to be levied directly on its American colonies.

1894 - The first playoff game for the Stanley Cup starts.

1916 - The last Emperor of China, Yuan Shikai, abdicates the throne and the Republic of China is restored.

1923 - The first radio broadcast of ice hockey is made by Foster Hewitt.

1943 - The entire population of Khatyn in Belarus is burnt alive by German occupation forces.

1960 - Arhtur Leonard Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes receive the first patent for a laser.

1972 - The U.S. Congress sends the Equal Rights Amendment to the states for ratification.

1989 - Clint Malarchuk, goalie of the Buffalo Sabres, suffers a near-fatal injury when another player's skate accidentally slashes his internal jugular vein.  Many goalies began wearing neck protector plates, hanging from the mask, in order to avoid this injury

1993 - The Intel Corporation ships the first Pentium chips (80586), featuring a 60 MHz clock speed, 100+ MIPS, and a 64 bit data path.

1995 - Cosmonaut Valeriy Polyakov returns to earth after setting a record of 438 days in space.

1997 - Tara Lipinski, age 14 years and 10 months, becomes the youngest champion women's World Figure Skating Champion.

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